Document Type

Creative Work

Publication Details

Ballard, S.. Swarm and Flicker - exhibition catalogue essay. Wellington, New Zealand. 19 Nov - 12 Dec. Public Art Gallery: Max Bellamy: Microcosmos exhibition - Enjoy Public Art Gallery, 2009.


Locusts have no need for network technologies. For a locust to connect iphones, facebook and twitter are irrelevant. A day can start off pretty normal but in overcrowded conditions suddenly something totally new can be imagined and a swarm can amass momentum. Scientists now think that it is the overproduction of serotonin that causes this transformation and inspires the locusts to become mutually attracted, to gather, breed and eat.