02 October 2015

This one night event marks the launch of four converging projects. The first three come together under the header ‘infrastructure’ and operate as part reactivation, part finalisation, part implementation, of permanent installations that engage in the fabric and architecture of JupiterWoods. The fourth project is a presentation of new works by our latest artist-in-residence, Ricki Dwyer.

As its first iteration, Lacuna Sovereignty features a new work by Anne de Boer. Lacuna Sovereignty is a multi-location, ongoing exhibition and research platform exploring notions of governance within our contemporary, globalized and technologized world. For this occasion, De Boer is presenting a sculpture-cum-server to be permanently installed at JupiterWoods and host all of the content generated for the research platform. During the launch this interactive object will be expanded to its full capacity, occupying the main gallery space.

Saemundur Thor Helgason will officially launch the permanent installation Bedesk Residency: a multi-purpose piece of furniture - both a bed and a desk - designed and manufactured specifically for the residency room on the first floor of JupiterWoods.

Anne de Boer and Eloise Bonneviot will re-open the permanent project The Mycological Twist in the garden. This will be accompanied by the first of two artist interventions, commencing with a work by Charles Pryor titled The First Agriculture – Fungus Farming Ants*, planned as part of a programme unfolding over the course of the upcoming seasons.


The above-mentioned infrastructural projects are supported by Arts Council England.

JupiterWoods is pleased to present new works by our latest artist-in-residence Ricki Dwyer, who has been living and working at JW since September 1st.


*The First Agriculture – Fungus Farming Ants

(F) is the foraging caste out searching for fresh vegetation
(W) is the workers caste who tenderly compost the leaves to promote fungi growth.
(S) is the solider caste at home tendering to the queen and protecting the colony from intruders.
(Q) is the queen, stable and statuary-laying eggs buried deep within the Fungi garden.

(F) makes their way through the thick luscious tropics in search for leaves.
Slicing them with great precision they carry this vegetation back to the nest.

(W) is hard at work chewing the arrival of leaves down to a fine pulp while
fertilizing it with faecal matter; in turn this pulp forms a nutritious substrate for
the fungus to grow on deep within the fungus garden. It is this Fungus that
feeds the colony.

Deeper below the nest a chamber leads to a composting graveyard.
(W) Notices a few dead workers and picks up on an external fungus, which is
killing the fungi they needs to be cultivated. Without hesitance the worker
caste remove the dead bodies and external fungus from the nest to avoid
contamination and disease. (W) diligently place both among a growing mound
of debris. This large compost pile quickly breaks down and feeds its way into
the soil system contributing and propagating new organic life within the soil-
litter system.

(S) The Queens Guards stand strong surrounding the queen, the spider has
come to visit their nest, quickly and fearlessly a swarm of solider ants scatter
up the colony chambers to the entrance of the nest. (S) swarms the spider
biting it with determination, breaking it down till it drops dead. The burglar
alarm is silenced, (S) retreats back to the colony.


text by Charles Pryor