Playing with ants as children on hills of grass and dirt, the gravel and railroad ties, the school blacktop and flower gardens… we saw ourselves in them. This strikes upon something essential in humanity. Messing with ants is the original "god game." It lets us focus our frustrations and desires onto something smaller than ourselves, something over which we can feel supremely powerful. We can single out a few ants and decide if we want to make their day heaven or hell. Or we can simply watch them go about their tasks, gently nudging them along, content in the knowledge that we have the power to tear it all down at any moment. For beings that often feel powerless in the face of a vast, harsh universe, this is extremely cathartic.
Welcome to an interactive Happening intended for a small group of people. We gather around a designated 30x30 square of dirt bordered off by one foot walls underneath a pavilion tent. We enter the space, each of us with a kit of tools for building and destroying an ant colony:
Hand shovels, Hand rakes, Watering cans, Magnifying Glasses, Leaves, Wood planks,
Petri dishes, Fire, Rocks / seashells, Flashlights, Sticks, Grass, Wires/string, Candy bars,
Aerosol spray, Battery powered fans, Box of random treasures/objects and decorations,
Material to build waterways, etc.
The Happening will last approximately three hours with the first two hours designated to the excavation of the 'New World' without the ants being entered in. During the last hour of the Happening the ants (regional, non-venomous) ants will be released into the arena where participants will partake in a series of randomized, roll-of-the-dice-styled chance operations which will determine the ultimate fate of the ants (Natural Disasters like Meteors, Floods, Earthquakes to Plagues, Famine and War). Do you have what it takes to kill one? How about an entire colony? Would it be fun or frightening? Do you want to remove the weak and honor the intelligent? Have rituals for the dead? Hurt their society or help build it? You decide.
You are GOD!