Animacules was inspired by the 19th century sea life illustrations of Ernst Haeckel and the work of the 17th century Dutch scientist Antonie van Leeuwenhoek who invented one of the earliest microscopes. Leeuwenhoek was the first to describe what we now know to be micro-organisms as living 'molecules' which he christened Animalcules. We wanted to create a swarm of fanciful small creatures whose body shapes recall the microscopic life of the sea, ponds and saliva.
This interactive installation belongs to a series of works that explore the theme imagined future human evolution and playfully considers alternative propositions to the cerebro-centric norm. Could an evolution driven by sensual gratification result in a more satisfying existance for humans?