10. October 2021 - 05. December 2021
Ebene 3
From larva to imago - Large format insects

The front of a Phantom midge (Chaoborus) with head, eyes, mouth and tentacles. Photo: Nicole Ottawa und Oliver Meckes
phantom midge or glassworm - Chaoborus
© Nicole Ottawa and Oliver Meckes
The inexplicable transformation from caterpillar to butterfly impresses even children. Other species as well change fundamentally in the course of their life and some even change their life-giving element, such as the dragonfly.

The enthusiasm for this magical process has completely taken over Nicole Ottawa (* 1965) and Oliver Meckes (* 1963). The graduate biologist and the photographer track down the quick-change artists with meticulous precision. Between science and art, they have specialized in photography with a scanning electron microscope, which makes them to pioneers in their field! Thus they create portraits of insect parents and their children, whose overwhelming size visualizes even the smallest details. The change in scale allows the viewer discover an otherwise invisible world in the area of tension between resistance and fascination.

Guided tours:

Sunday, 17. Oktober 2021, 2 pm
Thursday, 2. Dezember, 6 pm

Registration here


Curator: Karla Nieraad
with thanks to
Annette Schellenberg

The book "Wandlungskünstler - Die geheime Erfolgsgeschichte der Insekten" (Veronika Straaß, Claus-Peter Lieckfeld) with pictures by Nicole Ottawa and Oliver Meckes is available in the exhibition.