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Elvin Flamingo / Atta sexdens (Linnaeus, 1758) / Oecophylla smaragdina (Fabricius, 1775) / Camponotus vagus (Scopoli, 1763)

part 1. Reconstruction of Non-human Culture | part 2. Kingdom of the Shared Quotidian |
part 3. After Humans. The Biocorporation

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Concept: © Elvin Flamingo, 2012. | Realization: © Elvin Flamingo / Atta sexdens / Oecophylla smaragdina / Camponotus vagus, 2012-ca.2034, Polska. | photograph: Elvin Flamingo.

The project Symbiosity of Creation was begun in 2012, and it is predicted to continue for at least twenty years until approximately 2034.

The idea behind the Symbiosity of Creation was to create a work that would not just be an artifact and an exhibit by its creator-demiurge, but above all a work that lives its own life, a work that participates, interacts, and is symbiotic with its author, who, in a conscious departure from his demiurge position, becomes an uncompromising part of the work. The lifetime of the work is not limited to the period of its exhibition, but its future is planned to allow it to function with complete integrity for many years and to provide it with collision-free mobility. It’s like creating a film that doesn’t end when its viewers leave the cinema.
Including in the project post-humanist discourse on the fall of the Nature-Culture dichotomy broadens its tone on a theoretical level, which dispels this dualism and lifts the classic divide between the artist and his creation. References to Latour’s “Actor-Network Theory” are not accidental convergences of the acronym ANT with ants, but the very clear use of this theory to liquidate divisions in this project and its multi-layered symbiosity, which is key to the project and of the utmost importance.
Paraphrasing Michel de Certeau, and further Michel Foucault, it's obvious that my train of thought within the context of the Symbiosity of Creation only records the tracks of more or less certain steps into territory that has long been inhabited. Despite this, this project changes me and what I thought; I co-create in order to change, to change my thinking, and to no longer think like I did before. In this sense, my work not only changes my thinking, but also my perceptions of everything outside of the narcissistic, egotistical “I”. There are absolutely no compromises in what we create together, and each of us—the superorganisms and me—mean nothing on our own; we don’t exist without one another as a work of art. We have found the shared quotidian that we create together.

The sounds emitted by the ants, which are undetectable by the human ear, are amplified many times by very sensitive contact microphones. The ants’ noises are used daily for communicating information about the situation inside the glass installations in the incubators.

The project comprises four parts:

Reconstruction of Non-human Culture;
Kingdom of the Shared Quotidian;
After Humans. The Biocorporation;
Subterranean Struggle.

Symbiosity of Creation
© Elvin Flamingo | Jarosław Czarnecki, 2012