The International Arts Pestival

Date: 4 – 6 September 2009
Venue: Southbank Centre, Belvedere Road, London SE1 8XX
Organiser: The Insect Arts Club 

For the first time in the UK, artist Noboru Tsubaki will exhibit his work of art, Insect World, a giant inflatable locust which was first presented at the 2001 Yokohama Triennale.
The journey of the giant locust travelling to Pestival arose from the idea that insects can create a cultural link between Japan and the UK through the shared experience of insects. Pestival is a moble arts festival, examining insect-human interactivity in bioscience, through paradigms of contemporary art, cinema, music and comedy as well as direct scientific demonstration and educational projects.
Pestival Artist in Residence Noboru Tsubaki is creating a unique Vegetable Wasp homage to Michael Jackson at his studio in Southbank Centre. Inspired by Noh Theatre and insectoid manga super heroes, Tsubaki is creating a kind of cocoon for Jackson to enable him to traverse between the world of the living and the dead. Tsubaki will wear the suit and take on the spirt of Jackson! He also references the totyukasou, which is a mould that controls its insect prey and eventually destroys them, in a similar fashion to the “parasitic human insects that surrounded Michael Jackson”.

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