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  • "Ant Queen Aria"
  • Anna Lindemann (bio)

"Ant Queen Aria" looks to the ant colony as a means to reflect on gendered roles and social hierarchy. With original lyrics by Emma Komlos-Hrobsky, the aria depicts the transformation of a woman into an ant queen laying eggs. As the sole reproducer for the ant colony, the ant queen has the formidable task of laying twenty thousand to two hundred thousand eggs. Meanwhile, a handful of males appear fleetingly, and a half million sterile female workers— sisters of the queen—find food and tend to the young. The ant colony's division of labor prompts a reflection on gendered divisions of labor in human society and the struggle many women face when balancing family and work. "Ant Queen Aria" is scored for soprano and digital instruments played on keyboard and was composed for virtuosic musicians Lucy Fitz Gibbon and Ryan MacEvoy McCullough. The digital instruments include custom Logic Pro EXS24 Sampler percussion and "prepared piano" timbres, along with distorted Synful Orchestra synthesized sul ponticello strings. "Ant Queen Aria" is from the concert-length art science performance, The Colony, a work of multimedia opera-theater exploring sisterhood and the evolution of communication in both ants and humans. www.thecolony.show [End Page 153]


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Fig 1a.

Soprano Lucy Fitz Gibbon performs "Ant Queen Aria" in 2019.


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Fig 1b.

Through shadow performance and digital animation, she transforms from a woman into a chimerical ant queen about to lay eggs. Her abdominal segments stretch apart, and her abdomen swells to accommodate the next generation growing within her.

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Anna Lindemann

anna lindemann calls herself an evo-devo artist. Her work as a composer, animator, and performer explores the emerging field of evolutionary developmental biology (evo-devo). Her evo-devo art, including the opera-theater performances The Colony and Theory of Flight, has been featured internationally at theaters, concert halls, digital art conferences, planetariums, biology conferences, film festivals, and natural history museums. Anna received an MFA in integrated electronic arts from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a BS in ecology and evolutionary biology from Yale. She is an assistant professor in the Digital Media & Design department at the University of Connecticut. www.annalindemann.com.

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ISSN
1553-0612
Print ISSN
1090-7505
Pages
pp. 153-159
Launched on MUSE
2021-10-05
Open Access
No
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