BEYOND HUMAN: Artist-animal Collaborations

Welcome to the Museum for Insects

Located inside the Peabody Essex Museum, we are an insect-sized museum that features artwork specifically created for house crickets. Inside, crickets can interact with hands-on/legs-on exhibits, enjoy food and drink from the café and experience live humans, both through a picture window and through a videophone chat that connects the Museum for Insects to the humans visiting the Peabody Essex Museum. Humans visiting us from the internet can visit our live webcam, and can activate a cricket puppet and electronic chirping instruments located within.

All are welcome to visit the current exhibition Interspecies Housing, co-created by students in a landscape architecture at the Ohio State University, course taught by David Shimmel and Ian Mackay. Students Anthony Hodge and Nevin Lesnowski have created a gigantic cloud that entices the crickets out of the dark corners of the museum and into the center. Students Katherine Beaton and Kerry Gerich have created a grassland on the second floor, which is both beautiful and foreboding. The previous exhibitions, Telepresent Animal Hall of Fame, curated by Doo-Sung Yoo, and Inter-Species, by Ken Rinldo, are no longer present at the museum site, but remain documented online.

We hope this experience provides a platform for communication, appreciation and aesthetic pleasure across species.

Amy M. Youngs, Artist and Director of the Museum for Insects


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