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Les insectes comme modèles dans l'imaginaire des artistes: symboles et anti-symboles

Abstract : Insects are among the prominent and most diverse animal groups interacting with humans. How they are perceived by human societies, and how artists mediate this interaction, is a singular object of reflexion. The relationship has been already analysed for the most visible/emblematic of insect taxa, but many others remain seemingly hidden. With the example of aphids, we will show that invisibility itself, and many other traits of “tiny insects”, have been a subject of reflexion for a cohort of artists across human history. I will briefly scan a series of case studies on the interaction between nature (aphids, insects), art (artists and scientists) and their observers (humans), from even before antique Greece to the internet era. Aristote, Brueghel the elder, Bonnet, Delacroix, Hugo, Beauvoir, Vian or virtual musical avatars of Guy Debord have all been timidly inspired by such insignificant insects. But at the microbiome age, is there really a link between size and significance?
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Yvan Rahbé, Sibylle Orlandi. Les insectes comme modèles dans l'imaginaire des artistes: symboles et anti-symboles. Comptes Rendus Biologies, Elsevier Masson, 2019, 342 (7-8), pp.249-250. ⟨10.1016/j.crvi.2019.09.004⟩. ⟨hal-02069668⟩



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