“Dr. Mohamed Babu of Mysore, South India, noticed something strange about the ants scurrying around on the floor of his kitchen: after drinking some spilled milk, their abdomens turned white. Realizing the insects’ bodies were transparent, he got an idea for a stunning set of photographs.
Mixing different varieties of food coloring along with sugar, water and a waxy base, he set out small droplets of liquid on a white plastic sheet outside in his garden and let the ants do the rest.
‘As the ant’s abdomen is semi-transparent, the ants gain the colors as they sip the liquid,’ he said.
Striving to get the best possible photos, Babu ran into an unexpected problem: too many ants. ‘I really toiled to get a photo. The crowd always used to become unmanageable within a few minutes and while I managed my camera with my right hand, my left hand was busy removing the extra ants.’ After a number of repeated attempts, he finally got the photos he was looking for.
‘Curiously, the ants preferred light colors—yellow and green. The darker green and blue drops had no takers, until there was no space around the preferred yellow and green drops.’ Some of the ants even wandered between the colors, creating unique mixtures of different hues inside their own stomachs.”
Do you drink a cup of coffee over the newspaper every now and then? Listen to music while reading? Have a meal in front of your computer? If so you are in good company as these things have become general habits in busy modern life.
Korean designer Yu Hun Kim created ‘Aid for Multi-tasking’, a series of products that are designed to help us with doing several things at once. Often we do not even recognise having much difficulty performing different activities at the same time, unless the tasks are physically mismatched. Thus Kim created ‘Reading Tray’, ‘Lining Mug’ and ‘Knork’. The tray is designed for reading in a break when people have a tea or breakfast. The mug helps you to keep your eyes on a book whilst drinking as well providing a flat surface that aligns under the text. Knork is a fork and knife at the same time. The series of objects are questioning about our routinely errors and how design could aid the chronic behaviors. Are these objects handy or should we rather try not to do everything at once?
Cambodian Tree Projections by Clément Briend
“Cambodian culture is deeply rooted in a spirituality - marked by a belief in genii and fantasy creatures. In a dark cityscape, night reveals the presence of divine creatures on trees and subsequently makes them alive and real. Such nocturnal visions allow us to grasp the way magic profoundly influences how Cambodian people perceive the world.”