Studiotut about their project for Walden – Schloss Hollenegg for Design

There are few living creature which have such an ambivalent relationship with man as insects do: a relationship marked by curse and blessing, benefit and harm, fascination and phobia. They have always been there, will always accompany us and ultimately…

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There are few living creature which have such an ambivalent relationship with man as insects do: a relationship marked by curse and blessing, benefit and harm, fascination and phobia. They have always been there, will always accompany us and ultimately survive us. No other creature is so close to us, yet wrongly overlooked, mocked at and fought against as vermin. Insects play an essential role in many ecosystems and belong to the basis of human existence.
Tiny and Close presents an in-depth portrait of an apparently superfluous insect: the fly. It stands symbolically for the restless, nonsensical and useless. No other animal comes as close to us as the fly: it lives in the same room, has similar preferences and eats from the same plate. It is only given attention when it disturbs or even molests us. Without any compassion or bad conscience, we kill the annoying fly. The installation describes why we should fascinated rather than disturbed or even disgusted by this insect and it illustrates the close relationship that connects us with these small, flying creature. At the end of our days, maggots will eat us.

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