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FLY ROOM (Panopticon), 2011
treacle and flies (Drosophila melanogaster) on paper, 55 x 55 cm

The portraits making up FLY ROOM are painted with a transparent sugar solution that attracts fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster). The insects suck on the brushstrokes, get stuck, and turn into pixels for various subjects, such as school, prison, mausoleum, garden of love, or paradise garden. The architectural layouts mark stations which people get stuck in for a certain period of their lives, in which they change and “mutate.” Drosophila melanogaster, serving as an important model organism for the natural sciences, in these portraits turns into a mythological creature of biopolitics.