PESTIVAL: Celebrating insects in art, and the art of being an insect, opens tonight at the South Bank Center in London.
The events forÂ Pestival weekend look extraordinary and includeÂ a largeÂ Termite Pavilion,Â Praying Manitis Kung Fu andForensic Entomology (insect experts who are often called on to assist the police in cases of suspicious death). Needless to say there willÂ be Â lots of lots of insects.Â Â AndÂ some excellentÂ RSA Fellows who have recently worked with RSAâ€™s Arts and Ecology:Â neuroscientistÂ Beau Lotto is creating a large bee hive in the Queen â€˜Beeâ€™ Hall and ArchitectÂ Michael Pawlyn will presentÂ his biomimcry work.
Pestival is a rare creature: an international, inter-disciplinary, community-led festival. Events include insect-inspired comedy, music, ID walks, talks, workshops, experiments, fashion and a termite inspired architectural structure at the centre of Pestival 2009. 80% of creatures on earth are insects, the â€˜pestsâ€™ without whom humans wouldnâ€™t survive. Pestival celebrates the 100s of millions of years of evolution, which places insects at the heart of human existence. Pestival 2009 celebrates how insects shape our world, and how humans shape the world of insects, in both science and the arts.
Check out theÂ programme for 4 â€“ 6 September:Â Pestival programme
The eventsÂ will be broadcast by Londonâ€™s favourite (and only) art radio stationÂ Resonance 104.4 FM and Tweeted onÂ The Guardianâ€™s Environment Blog.
Go to RSA Arts & Ecology