In entomology, the "Malaise traps" are used for harvesting insects. Insects do not leave footprints but the passing flying beings can be captured in a trap. The tent-like structure invented by the Swedish entomologist René Malaise funnels insects into a collecting vessel. Insects fly inside the tented fabric, which again directs them towards a jar filled with ethanol.
The work transforms René Malaise’s inventive design into a collective viewing device. In our exhibition no living insects will be trapped. Instead, the collecting jar of an entomological malaise trap is replaced by slide viewrs. Each slide viewer shows a photograph of an insect bite.
Tuula Närhinen (Visual artist, DFA) UNIARTS, Helsinki