• Short Summary

    In New York City, an army of ants....some one million strong.... h??? been transformed into?

  • Description

    1.
    CU ZOOM BACK army ants on display in enclosure
    0.14

    2.
    CU Man with camera
    0.16

    3.
    CU Child looks on
    0.18

    4.
    CU Ante foraging & bringing back food (3 shots)
    0.40

    5.
    GV TILT UP enclosure
    0.45

    6.
    CU Artist being interviewed
    0.56

    7.
    CU People (2 shots)
    0.58

    8.
    CU TILT DOWN ants at work
    1.07

    9.
    CU Onlooker
    1.09

    10.
    CU Ants
    1.12

    11.
    CU Artist SOF ENDS
    1.17


    TRANSCRIPT: REPORTER: "In new York City, where people often feel they live like ante, the Architectural League has an exhibit showing people how ants, actually do live. One million ants were brought hare from Panama by Alan Songfest, a 25-year-old New York artist. These are special army ante; they aren't like others. They don't roam all over looking for food, they do it in orderly lines, one after the other. They bring back the food to bivouac areas where they build living structures. To some extent the artist controls what they do and the patterns they form by where he places a food station. There are four food stations here. They can't get out of the 20 by 30 foot enclosure because the walls are plastic and they can't climb them."



    SONGFEST: "The idea of the process of collecting these ants was to first obtain the queen. By obtaining the queen ant, the rest of the colony will follow suit in trying to locate the queen."



    REPORTER: "Is that difficult?"



    SONGFEST: "It's quite difficult."



    REPORTER: "How long did it take you?"



    SONGFEST: "Well, we were down in Panama for over two weeks."



    REPORTER: "And you have the queen some place?"



    SONGFEST: "Right...she's well hidden to be protected by the, from the rest, from any predators that might hurt her."



    REPORTER: "Strangest art I've ever seen."



    REPORTER: "Strangest art I've ever seen."



    SONGFEST: "Thank you."




    Initials SGM/1347 SGM/1328


    This film, shot by the National Broadcasting Company, aeries the original reporter's commentary including an interview with Mr Songfest. Visnews has prepared an alternate commentary for those wishing to use it.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: In New York City, an army of ants....some one million strong.... h??? been transformed into what is perhaps the most unusual art exhibition to have opened there for quite some time.

    Behind this clever combination of biology and culture is artist Alan Songfest, who travelled all the way to Panama in search of an entire colony of "Soldier" ants to begin his experiment in living art.

    The exhibit, on public display at the New York Architectural League, is surrounded by plastic walls which the ants are unable to climb. Thus, both the curious and the serious-minded can admire the "ant art" knowing full well that any later itchiness is entirely a product of the mind.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA8EHPZQUQ4YYBRN27UBBZDLHZK
    Media URN:
    VLVA8EHPZQUQ4YYBRN27UBBZDLHZK
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:16:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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