ENDRI DANI

Dani’s project title is Anobium

Punctatum (the Latin denomination of the wood worm). It refers to a woodboring beetle species, the common furniture beetle that in its larval stage bores in wood and feeds upon it. A noisy and subtle sound surrounds the empty space of the national theater in Tirana.

After conversations with directors, actress the artist realized that during the months of March - May, the noise produced by the wood worm is very evident in the acoustics of the theater hall. It apparently seems to be a

far human echo. But it is the sound

produced by a colony of beetles

inhabiting the wooden chairs of

the theatre. In fact most of the

beehives or anthills are built as real

architectures where insect life is

extraordinary organized. The insects

act in the same form of entertainment

like pleasure belonged to everybody,

human and non-human. Within

no dierences between the two categories (culture and nature), Endri

Dani’s interest is thus towards

‘Cultural Ecology’, that eld of study

around human adaptations to social

and physical environments. So, when

human adaptation refers to both

biological and cultural processes that

enable a population to survive and

reproduce within a given or changing

environment. That’s the reason why

the artist began studying a wide

variety of so-called eusocial insects.

These are species able that organize

themselves into castes and are

characterised by a strong sense

of altruism towards their colony,

including the sacrice their own

lives in defence of it. But how does

environment change a culture

and how does culture change an

environment? Then Dani’s central

statement is that the natural

environment, in small scale or

subsistence societies dependent

in part upon it, is a major contributor

to social organization and other

human institutions.

Claudio Cravero

Curator, PAV Turin (I)

 

 

sound installation 8’ 57’’, March 2014

Detail of a wooden chair handle where the sound source was.

 

 

 

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ANOBIUM PUNCTATUM

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