Bean Beetles, Microscopic Camera, Polycarbonate, Custm Electronics, Rear Projected façade
HOST is a site specific 5 channel sight specific video installation with a single live feed that ultimately explores the notions of what it means for animals and humans to act consciously and unconsciously as both pests and hosts. In conjunction with similar conceptual threads that existthrough my work, I am currently exploring the idea of human beings existing as the planet’s most expansive and destructive form of pest; Inhabiting nearly every niche of the planet, building into and ultimately altering the environment, and disrupting the natural flow of land, sucking it dry of non-renewable resources and space, and polluting the air through colonization of industry. The host, our planet, acts as an organism that nourishes and supports us, but does not benefit from our existence. The human pest at this rate will extinct itself, running out of clean air, water, space and resources from its host to survive.
The notions of pest / host relationships often call to mind the true grotesque nature of these cyclical relationships. As one entity reaps the benefits of the other, the result is the ultimate extinction of the host and the expansion of the pest. However, the pest can only reproduce as along as the host’s resources exist. This push-pull relationship arguably exists in every facet of nature. Upon further reflection, I am interested in calling to the forefront the grotesque reality of the pest / host cycle that the human population has placed itself within and has built for itself.
Conceptually the surveillance of these beetles serves as a metaphorical place to contemplate our own existence, reproduction, and participation in an existing pest / host cycle. Be it consciously or unconsciously, the installation ultimately calls to the notions of humans “eating” our own holes through the planet and its given resources just as the beetles live, eat, and die within their bean host. This piece aims to brings to the front the grotesque nature of the beetles cyclical relationship with their host and directly referencesthe overall ‘parasitic’ activities of the human population existing directly outside and in the greater world. The residential area across the street further exemplifies, in a less direct way, the home also existing as a temporary host for the human pest, built upon the skin of the earth in most cases with little regard to its potential detrimental effects. The installation at large intends to bring to the surface our seemingly mundane routines as humans in an effort to pose a larger conversation about the transformation, consumption, and progression of our larger host, the planet.