Worm Man

Ryan Agnew

Have you ever observed an earthworm wriggling along a concrete surface and pondered what humans and earthworms share in common?

Despite having no eyes, ears, spine, or lungs, earthworms undertake a continual act of burial and renewal to reanimate the ground beneath our feet. Worm Man is an ongoing project featuring a human-sized earthworm suit and has been performed by Ryan Agnew since 2007 in a variety of settings such as a parking lot, auditorium, sheep pasture and town square. Slowly inching along the ground and gradually crawling to stand up again, Worm Man reflects dreamlike associations of mind and body, nature and culture.Ryan-Agnew-performance