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.
We will dive together into the world of these alien, mysterious animals. The course introduces the theory of modern beekeeping and explores other pollinating insects, their plant environments and the importance of these animals for urban ecosystems. 6 evenings of theory and a Saturday field trip (area of Helsinki). No preliminary knowledge required. Everybody welcome.
We invite all for a walk to the Cemetery of Kings of Geneva, where the Other Side aural space is installed from the 19th June. A strong storm canceled the planned opening ceremonies, but on Monday 16th September, if weather permits us, actor Barbara Baker will interpret some of the texts, selected to the Swiss edition of the project, the curator of the exhibition Anna Barseghian and Ulla Taipale will give their insights into the project.
L´autre Côte is part of the program of 1000 ecologies by Utopiana, that will be launched tomorrow, on 9th September, with a huge variety of interventions, talks, an exhibition and other events in Geneva, Switzerland.
L´Autre Côtè is the new edition of The Other Side audio space, installed in 15th June at Cemetery of Kings in Geneva. An exceptionally strong storm hit Switzerland in 16th June and the many trees of the city were damaged because of the wind, blowing from 110 to 120 km/hour.
City officials opened the cemetery again on 1st July, and the exhibition can be visited the whole summer until 11th October. More about the exhibition here.
Helsinki is getting quiet in July, when most people are out for holidays. If you happen to be around, take a walk to Tarja Halonen park at Kallio district! Melliferopolis installation with Hexa-Seats and Airstrip for Pollinators offers a place to observe city pollinators, attracted by the nectar and pollen of a selection of flowering plants. You can find “Tarhaneito” (Nigella damascena), “Maurinkiiltomalva” (Malva sylvestris), “Hilppa” (Limanthes douglasii), “Silkkiunikko” (Papaver rhoeas), and three different Cosmos, “Punakosmoskukka” (Cosmos bipinnatus) alias Xanthos, Velouette and Sensation Tall Mixed, strawberries, Thyme, Rosemary etc etc…
Šilainių Bitės (Šilainiai Bees) is a participatory research project developed by Elizabeth Hudson around Bees and the Commons. The residency is at https://silainiaiproject.com Walks, Field Trips and conversations are planned.
On the 30th of July, 18:00 a Roundtable discussion is scheduled around the provocation: Rights to Bees? Rights for Bees? Christina Stadlbauer will participate.
Beginning of June, the semi-permanent installation Airstrip for Pollinators and Hexa-Seats in the centre of Helsinki, near the City Theatre was reopened. We refurbished the flower bed and reinstalled the Hexa-Seats. New signage, new flowering plants, and summery weather – we are starting a new season, with a poem by Mark Nepo:
The flower doesn’t dream of the bee, it blossoms and the bee comes. Mark Nepo
This year’s activities at the Airstrip were kindly sponsored by Weekend Bee.