Worlding in an Insect Hotel


  • Kristiina Ljokkoi Aalto University


nonhuman agency, other-than-human agency, other-than-human animal builders, built environment, representation, multispecies urban demography, posthumanism, new materialism


In this article, I examine how humans invite insects into the human-based order and materialism. I begin by exploring insect hotels’ phenomenon, history, and aims. I then take a closer look at DIY guides and instructions on how to build an insect hotel. According to studies in urban ecology, the original goals of supporting biodiversity are poorly realized. Instead, I state that insect hotels can be seen as a practice of staying with the trouble. With this focus and with some works of art, complex questions of agency, representation, knowledge, power, government, and control can be examined.   

How to Cite

Ljokkoi, K. (2023). Worlding in an Insect Hotel. Research in Arts and Education, 2023(1), 44–54.