2012 Activities

Melliferopolis Lecture at Arabia

Tuesday, October 16th 2012, at 11 am, Room 6036B, in Aalto University, Arabia Campus, department of design

Austrian artist and researcher Christina Stadlbauer will resume the first year of  the ‘Melliferopolis -Honeybees in the Urban Environments’ project. The project was launched in Future Art Base / Biological Arts last May by a workshop, and brought to Helsinki and Espoo around 20 000 honeybees. The bees have become acclimatised to their new urban home and the project will continue next year in June by a second workshop in Harakka island, and other activities around the bee.

The lecture is hosted by the Creative Sustainability Masters programme at Aalto University.

Harakka Honey Harvest 2012,

Thursday August 2nd, 14 pm, Harakka Island 

We harvest the honey from the hive in Harakka after their first season in Melliferopolis. This can be seen more as activity than as event – and no official announcement happened. For more info and some images please go here.

Melliferopolis Seminar May 2012

Saturday May 12th, 12-15 pm, Camp Pixelache at Arbis (Dagmarinkatu 3)

The Art of Gathering Environmental Data – unconference at Camp Pixelache in Helsinki with Jennifer Gabrys/Goldsmiths University, London, Erich Berger/Finnish Bioart Society, Christina Stadlbauer/Melliferopolis and others. Pixelache Camp

Tuesday 15th, 11 am – 6 pm, Seminar at Aalto ARTS, Arabia Campus, 5th floor, room 5022

Series of lectures and discussions, with writer Johanna Sinisalo, researchers Lauri Ruottinen/Hunajaluotsi Oy, Stephen Venn and Kaisa Hauru/Urban Ecology Reseach Group, Helsinki University, Christina Stadlbauer and others.


Christina Stadlbauer Melliferopolis – an introduction to the project and its vision 11:00 – 12:00
Ulla Taipale About Future Art Base / Biological Arts 12:00 – 12:15
Ferenc Vilisics How can urban environments support bees? 12:15 – 12:45
Break for Lunch 12:45 – 13:45
Lauri Ruottinen Introduction to beekeeping – how difficult or easy is it to become a beekeeper 13:45 – 14:30
Saana Karlsson Urban gardening and allotments -possibilities of installing a hive 14:30 – 15:00
Stephen Venn How to maintain populations of insect pollinators in urban regions 15:00 – 15:30
Break 15:30 – 16:00
Kaisa Hauru Humans meet bees – antagonism or harmony? 16:00 – 16:30
Johanna Sinisalo interviewed by Tere Vadén Bees and the illusion of immortality 16:30 – 17:30
Christina Stadlbauer Discussion and reflections, summary and outlook 17:30 – 18:00

Melliferopolis Workshop Hands-on – May 2012

Wednesday 16th – Friday 18th, 10 am – 4 pm, Melliferopolis Workshop at Harakka Island, Luontotalo, Helsingin Ympäristökeskus  Hands-on and participatory workshop days, where themes of Melliferopolis are explored in more detail and implemented practically. The workshop leaders are Christina Stadlbauer, Lauri Ruottinen/Hunajaluotsi Oy and Stephen Venn/Helsinki University.

Wed, 16th of May 10:00 – 13:00 Introduction to beekeeping – Lauri Ruottinen Harakka
Wed, 16th of May 14:00 – 18:00 Working with the material – (wood, wax, tools), prepare the hives (indoors) for installment later in the week – Christina Stadlbauer Harakka
Thu, 17th of May 10:00 – 13:00 Presentation of ideas/planned interventions
discussions and outlook to what comes next
Thu, 17th of May 14:00 – 16:00 Hands-on work on insect hotels – Stephen Venn Harakka
Fri, 18th of May 10:00 – 12:00 Installation of beehives – Harakka, Kaisaniemi, Keilaniemi Harakka, a.o.
Fri, 18th of May 13:00 – 16:00 Visits at existing beehives – Savoy Hotel Helsinki centre