The summer 2020 was a perfect moment to explore abandoned and rampant gardens where the insect pollinators hummed like nothing at all have happened. Insects were not asked to avoid contact with their peers and the flowers bloomed as they always do. 

The Other Side aural space was published online in September 2020, introducing a selection of text excerpts written by philosophers, writers and poets from different times and countries. The common thread of these writings are bees, eternity and cycle of life and death.  The site is found here: www.theotherside.fi

Big thanks for Alfred Kordelin Foundation and their Digital Leap for Culture Grant, Wisa Knuuttila for the web design and video editing and other people involved in The Other Side now and in the past. 

The Other Side is an aural space that exhibits thoughts and writings around bees and eternity. The selection of texts can be listened through an augmented reality application at site-specific installations in public places or through this web site in four different languages. The Other Side is an artwork by Ulla Taipale and developed in the framework of Melliferopolis. The earlier editions of the artwork were exhibited in Helsinki (2016), Barcelona (2018- ) and Geneva (2019).

We are happy to receive any feedback, suggestions and proposals for new site-specific The Other Side installations around the globe!

Melliferopolis experiments with new ways of understanding bees, beekeeping and the ecology of the hive. The project examines the role of honeybees in an urban context and explores the many differing relations between humans and these semi-wild insects.

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