Illuminated by 10 overhead projectors, a transparent insect city takes shape. This miniature city houses different insect species. The buildings are connected by transparent ‘highways’ to motivate the insects to mix and move around. The overheads display silhouettes of the insect movements on all surrounding walls. Based on the book Metamorphosis by Kafka, visitors of this installation are on one hand looking down on the small insects, but are on the other hand drawn inside their world, through the large reflections in the space. Illusions of a small World was presented at EYE amsterdam, during the exhibition of the Quay Brothers.
A cook is preparing wonderful insect delicatessen in a separate space with 1000 loose grasshoppers, the BUGBAR. Bug sweets – chocolates and special lollies containing edible insects and freshly made insect sushi and tempura are served to the visitors. Viewers can look at the swarming insects from behind a large window, and can also experience a new taste sensation by trying one of the cook’s insect specialties.