The Spider Project



Photos from the Exhibition

Stein der Weisen, Bonn 9.2000


Bubble-chamber recordings, used in particle physics, are projected onto a three-dimensional, layered "screen" of misted, living spider webs.





These are joined by images from the micro and macroscopes of scientific research, concentrating on spiral and circular natural forms. The connection is intuitive: spirals on spirals, technology and nature, mist as the link.




A gauze-enclosed pavilion contains a frame bearing webs and water mist, forming a three-dimensional projection volume. Approximately 50 spiders, Nephila senegalensis, live on this structure to create the projection screen with their webs. The viewer enters the spiders' room, separated from them only by a low fence. The spiders are free. An unobstructed view is necessary in order to perceive the video projection on the delicate threads.

© C.Waite, 2000

The Spider Project photos: Clea T. Waite