Barfly / Drinks for insectsClose
Performative installation with consumable plant distillates, collaboration with Dr. Susanne Schmitt, photography by Lene Harbo Pedersen and Beate Kellmann
An inter-species open bar, stocked with distilled plants and flowers in place of liquor, presents an experimental setup to test the capacity of the brews to attract and confuse insects and humans alike.
Barfly plays with the dissociative mood of a homely place riddled with uncanny absences and shifted perspectives. In the setting of the bar, bouquets and stories mix and create a potentially unsettling experience. It is a memento mori for Central European insects; a place of invitation and a micro-stage of the sixth great extinction of species in the history of the earth. The performative installation comes out of a supposition that the sociability of a more-than-human bar soon will increasingly seem like an echo of a bygone golden era in inter-species relations?.
Realized with friendly support by the Erwin und Gisela von Steiner-Stiftung and the city of Munich.