BUG IN THE CODE ::: script ::: etc.
installation, performance, digital and print publication
production and diffusion : Membrane
this work is produced in partnership with IEES-Paris (Institut
d'Ecologie et des Sciences de l'Environnement de Paris), team Diversité
des ingénieurs et interactions microbiennes, with help from Désert
Numérique and Vision'R. We thank particularly Christian Bordereau, Alain Robert, David Sillam-Dusses and Olivier Delattre.
« Ignorance of the law is no excuse. »
Could one inhabit the law / could one be inhabited by the law ?
As an introduction to a research about law, Bug in the code
is an ongoing experimentation aimed at having various species of termites learn by heart the Universal Declaration of
This work, which is
complicated par transmission problems and the lack of good will by the
termites may however be presented as a techno-chamanism interference
ritual, close to the experiment in laboratory, to
legal practices and to sound poetry.
THE INSTALLATION is composed of a vivarium hosting a colony of termites
plus a printed version of the text of law, and of a sound and visual
An in situ variant my consist in intervening directly on a local termites' nest.
THE PERFORMANCE :
Iterative and retroactive
sur-interpretation protocols allow us to shape the context which is
shared by humans and non-humans. In order to do so, we use audiovisual
recording and broadcasting techniques, digital signal processing and
analysis tool to feed possession and invocation process.
THE PUBLICATION freezes a final step in this process allowing viral dissemination of the digital and printed material.
key-words : art, law, rights,
text, animal, termites, ethology, Eugene Marais, Maurice Maeterlinck,
Universal Declaration for Human Rights, lex
naturalis, political body, Léviathan, Thomas Hobbes, Bruno Latour,
humanism, social organization, headbanging, morse, code, program,
OCR, text generator, legistics, dada poetry, bug, parasite,
failure, exception, glitch, environment, legal context,
habitation, habit, repétition, territory, retroaction, Luc de Heusch,
ritual, magic, transfert, paper, support, digestion, absorption,
defecation, Robert Boyle, laboratory, experiment, performance,
vivarium, chance, random fonction, logic, analogic
Bug in the code / trailer from le Collectif Fossile on Vimeo.