Leigha Dennis

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Beetle Wrestler

An apparatus that enables humans to wrestle the strongest animal in the world: the rhinoceros beetle. A custom helmet equipped with a camera and display is rigged with motors and switches to scale the forces of each opponent, granting similar manipulative capacities and an even playing field; an architecture of reciprocity.

The Beetle Wrestler was installed at the Van Alen Institute in 2008, and appeared in the Museum of Modern Art's Design and Violence online exhibition and publication in 2015. This project was a collaboration with Natalie Jeremijenko, Chris Woebken, and Lee Von Kraus.