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.
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.
The Cemetery of Kings is renowned for the famous individuals of Geneva that have been buried there for hundreds of years, among them Argentinian writer Jorge Luis Borges.
The Other Side artwork is invited by Utopiana collective to take part to the 1000 Ecologies biennal, curated by Anna Barsegian, and the 3rd edition of the audio space will be opened there in Wednesday 19th at 5 pm. The artwork will be installed to the cemetery until the 11th October, 2019.
This edition of the project is dedicated to the extraordinary naturalist François Huber, who was born in Geneva in 1750. In spite being blind, he made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the magical and mysterious life of the bee.
Office de la Culture et du Sport (Canton de Genève); Fonds municipal d’art contemporain (Ville de Genève);Département de la cohésion sociale et de la solidarité, Service des pompes funèbres, cimetières et crématoire (Ville de Genève); Commune de Presinge, Frame Finland; Activités culturelles de l’Université de Genève; Chambre de l’économie sociale et solidaire – Après-GE; Melliferopolis; ArtSchema.
The Othe Side audio space can be visited at the Poblenou cemetery in Barcelona city. The cemetery is open daily from 8-18.
The Other Side is a literary visit to the Poblenou cemetery exploring gravestones with angels and bee-related imagery. According to classical mythology, bees have the ability to travel between the realms of the living and the dead. A smartphone app allows participants to follow this itinerary and listen to excerpts of writings from different periods that contain references to these insects.
This article explores encounters between humans and insects, in the framework of a long term project around honeybees in urban contexts called Melliferopolis. The interventions proposed by Melliferopolis create shared spaces of encounters for Bees and Humans. The choice to work with these insects in an urban and participatory setting creates situations that are surprising, unpredictable or challenge concepts of “safety”.