Traditionally, Kirpilä is celebrating the Chestnut party in May.
For the Chestnut Party in 2017, Melliferopolis participates with two interventions inspired by honeybees and their environments, closely linked to the chestnut trees of Hesperiankatu, in Töölö.
In a participatory performance, the guests are invited to the fascinating cosmos of insects, pollination and the deep relation between man and bees.
An experimental food & sensing event, explores theses worlds through the taste buds by tickling our most ancient senses – smell, taste and touch. The food event is performative, participatory and experiential.
Floral patterns chosen for clothes, shoes, skin will increase the pollination activity during the event!
Some hints to these foodscapes stay installed and become part of the exhibition so as to make the narrative available for visitors throughout the summer.
More info about the entire event – Table Scenes:
…the pollens, love-ferment of every flower of spring… *
pollinators, wearing gloves and veil;
pollen gold, keeping the feast going…
Is the moment to enjoy the abundance perishing? Flowers attract pollinators, but will the feast have enough blossoms and celebrants to nurture them?
The silent ritual Feast of Pollen Gold is inspired by the industrious activity of honeybees and comments on the increasing loss of wholesome habitats.
The celebrants become part of a symbolic act mimicking the tireless choreography between pollinators and their environment. A range of flavours accompanies the evening, inviting the alien world of insects through taste and smell.
The work is completed by two still life compositions representing the abundance of a vivid ambience versus a dystopian scenario. In August, a performative lecture closes the pollination season 2017.
Feast of Pollen Gold and the lecture are designed and carried out by Christina Stadlbauer and Ulla Taipale and are part of Melliferopolis.
*Maurice Maeterlinck (1901), The Life of the Bee