Category: exhibition

SoundBees on KunstRadio

Soundbees, anywhere & everywhere is the title of the audio piece by AnneMarie Maes and Billy Bultheel, created for Kunstradio – Radiokunst, a weekly radio art program on the cultural channel Österreich 1 of the ORF – Austrian National Public Broadcaster.
Following the exhibition Fields (Riga, 2014), we were asked by Armin Medosh to contribute to a series on Wild Ontologies (see below).

AnneMarie Maes and Billy Bultheel started from the 8-channel field recordings made in the broodnest of the experimental Warré-beehive set-up (see drawing).
The sound-behaviour of the bee colony was recorded from june 10 2014 and the sound-experiment is still ongoing. For the Kunstradio piece, the artists started to work with the recordings from the longest day / shortest night (24 hours of the 21st of june 2014) and edited them into a 15 minutes-piece on which some processing was done with max msp, using 2 additional sound sources located at the entry of the beehive.

The beehive recordings pan over the spectrum of a day (from midnight to midnight). As a compositional principle different ideas around swarm formation were investigated.
The increase and decrease of swarm activity in the hive and its influence on its sound, became a guideline for the transformation of the recordings. Hereby using natural phenomena as musical tools and in retrospect, using musical tools as an artistic rendition or analysis for natural phenomena.
The audio work tries to embody the bee swarm while simultaneously intersecting the swarm with swirling electronic sound clusters.
The work exists both as a Stereo and as an 8 channel audio work.

The exhibition Fields showed works by artists, agriculturalists, designers, technologists and scientists that are truly transdisciplinary and blur the boundaries between different disciplines or fields in a very profound way, and on top are of a socially transformative character. These works now find continuation through on- and offline projects. This broadcast series entitled ‘Kunst Fields’ presents work by 6 artists who participated in the show and a 7th work by curator Armin Medosch. This work called Wild Ontologies looks at creatively making taxonomies as a performative practice.
more : Art technology and Social Change – The Next Layer

BUBL at Urban BEEing in Prague

BUBL – the Brussels Urban Bee Lab – is invited to participate in the exhibition Urban BEEing in gallery Skolska in Prague.
The exhibition is dedicated to both city beekeeping and artistic projects involving bees. Beekeeping attracted the attention of artists from day one. City beekeeping a few years ago has become a popular pastime, and today we can see hives on the rooftops of cultural institutions, restaurants and shopping centers, or in city parks and gardens. One thing is shared among most city beekeepers: the desire to do things differently, and not with the primary goal to harvest as most of the honey as possible. In addition, in cities more than in the countryside various forms of community beekeeping are being established.

Urban Beeing. The apiary tells you, my sister: salvation comes from collaboration.
20/11/2014 – 12/12/2014, školská gallery, praha – czech republic.
Exhibition curated by Lenka Dolanová and Michal Kindernay.

more info: http://annemariemaes.net/presentations/bee-laboratory-presentations-2/the-bee-laboratory-at-uban-beeing-skolska-gallery-praha/

The Invisible Garden in the Buda Factory

The Invisible Garden is a large-size art installation in the exhibition ‘the Green Light District : the place of Nature in the city of Men’. The garden is a remake of the Edible Forest Garden, the Open Air Laboratorium created by the artist AnneMarie Maes on her rooftop in the center of Brussels. The Invisible Garden is a sitespecific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory.

The garden can be seen as a giant roof garden, as it covers an entire room of 200m2 on the first floor of the old Buda textile factory. Roughly four zones can be distinguished: the naturalistic mediterrenean garden, with olive trees and grasses, the edible forest garden, with bee-friendly trees, shrubs and ground covers, the vegetable garden with perennial and annual plants and the herb garden with medicinal plants.
The garden is conceived according to the traditions of permaculture, respecting the principle of the 7 layers. The plants are selected on their edible and melliferous qualities, they create a subtle ecosystem that is favorable for humans and honeybees. Different plant species have been carefully selected to cohabit and thus approach as much as possible the complex ecological web that we find in natural environments.

more info: the Invisible Garden

Transparent Beehive project at BEAF

What is the outcome if work on novel ict – Information and Communication Technologies – is linked with artistic expression? This is the question asked by the ict art connect.study and the question raised during a series of participations in events of other ongoing activities in the field.
ict art connect.study is ran by iMinds and Artshare for dg connect – European Commission. The study aims at characterizing and connecting artistic communities of ict researchers at all levels. From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a dg connect strategy to engage more broadly with the arts in Horizon 2020 – the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
Stories about ongoing projects will be told, as well as concrete examples will be shown, representing proliferous and fruitful crossings of art with ict. Installations and an informal discussion will manifest contemporary ideas of art, science and technology at beaf (Bozar Electronic Arts Festival).

Bozar Electronic Art’s Symposium: Disruptive Innovation Practices For An Unknown Future
Collaborative initiatives, new practices, permeability between artistic and industrial spheres, and new avenues of financing are all issues that define the new cultural milieu. This symposium proposes to bring together creative experts, policy makers, technologists, artists, companies and researchers from various backgrounds to discuss these issues.


Transparent Beehive at BEAF

More info and pictures of the exhibition can be found here: Transparent Beehive at BEAF

Information on the BEE-research is available browsing the BEE Notebooks and downloading the Foraging Fields booklet.
keywords: media art, beekeeping, ecology, networks, data-visualisation and sonification, pollen analysis, rooftop gardening, urban agriculture, accidental nature, politics of green spaces.

Innovation Lab Riga

From August 15th till September 28th, 2014, Café Europa Riga organises event series at the container module which has been shipped to Riga 2014 – the European Capital of Culture all the way from the Belgium city Mons (more than 2000 km), which next year will be the Cultural Capital. Café Europa is a multi-functional, architecturally flexible, mobile space that can be adapted to the needs of the local context while maintaining connection to other cultural cities in Europe.
RIXC (Centre for New Media Culture) has turned the Café Europa container into the Riga Innovation Lab by organising a 6 weeks long extensive and manifold programme of exhibitions and workshops, focused on art and science and 3D printing. The RIXC Innovation Lab programme (together with artists and scientists from Latvia, Belgium and Baltic-Nordic countries particularly) will host workshops exploring themes such as urban ecosystems, fog and the future of water, 3D printing of sound (and other intangible and intuitive properties), food as energy in overpopulated future world, as well as visual perception and sensor/responsive technologies.

Lab No 1 : September 2-5 (Part 1)
URBAN ECOSYSTEMS AND CITY HONEYBEES
Exhibition and workshop by Annemie MAES (BE)

The 4-day workshop will continue to explore the complex world of honeybees, which artist and workshop leader Annemie Maes has extensively investigated for some years. The workshop will start with an introduction on the Urban OpenGreens project and the role of the honeybees within this ecosystem. Following, the participants will study the bees’ behaviour and architecture based upon insights from biology, art, design and materials science. The participants will explore specific structural patterns present in physical and biological environments, from macrostructures to biological microsystems. Starting from the collection of gathered organic materials, the participants will develop novel, bio-inspired designs for bee houses. Participants are expected to collaborate in the discussions, with drawings and by creating objects.

BIO: ANNEMIE MAES has studied a masters in fine arts, a masters of cultural studies and a specialisation in anthropological documentary film. By founding the organizations Looking Glass and OKNO she has played a major role in organising the multi-media art scene in Brussels, bringing together artists and art spaces from different European countries to engage in workshops and open research labs. The current line of her artistic work focuses on ecological issues, as in the ongoing Urban Corridors and Bee Laboratory projects: http://annemariemaes.net

FIELDS exhibition Riga

The changing role of art in society is one where it does not just create a new aesthetics but gets involved in patterns of social, scientific, and technological transformations. The exhibition Fields presents a lively landscape of art that challenges existing viewpoints, deconstructs social issues, and proposes positive visions for the future. Artists in the Fields exhibition make new combinations of existing fields-as-in-disciplines – fusing and navigating between the social and the natural, the scientific and the emotional, the sensible with the actual in imaginative ways.

Annemie Maes is contributing the to the FIELDS exhibition with the installation FORAGING FIELDS. She will give a talk on the art & science of Bee Monitoring during the RENEWABLE FUTURES conference.



Annemie Maes studies the co-evolution between urban honeybees and ecosystems. Bees are bio-indicators who are very sensitive to the different ecologies surrounding them. In order to research the optimal conditions for survival of the honey bees, Maes has set out several urban test fields – populated with beehives – in the Brussels’ Canal Zone. This area generates diverse activities, from community gardening and urban agriculture to accidental nature. All this develops between industrial buildings, office zones and living areas. Her beehives are augmented with webcams, microphones and sensors to monitor the behaviour of the colonies, whilst the surrounding ecosystem is scanned by analysis of the pollen and nectar that the bees bring back from their foraging flights. The different hives are all nodes in a distributed guerilla beehives network. The test sites are connected by the flight routes and foraging fields of the bees. Together they shape a green corridor through the city. The installation uses live-data to give insights into research, on the edge of art, science and ecology.

info:
exhibition from may 15 to august 4 2014, conference on may 18 & 19/2014
http://rixc.org/fields/en/exhibition/
http://rixc.org/fields/en/conference/

imagine 2020 : art and climate change

Climate Change is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. For the eleven arts organisations making up the IMAGINE 2020 – Art and Climate Change network, 2020 is a realistic date to work towards for making changes necessary to stabilise the climate and secure a sustainable future.
Art should provide a physical and imaginary space where people can take a step back, away from the corporate, the commercial and the educational, to exchange and engage with each other. It can address and involve more targeted audiences, such as young people, in playful yet serious ways. And above all it can create a positive energy and momentum for change through a sense of common purpose and hope.
http://www.imagine2020.eu

TIK festival : the BeeArcHive


Bee observation Installation : stories from the Drying Room


In “The Bee Archives or Stories from the Drying Room” the city honeybees are the main performers. The sonification of the bees’ activities creates a real-time subtle soundtrack for the life in the hive. An OpenStructure observation beehive displays the organisation of the community and the collective decision making both among bees and artists.
The basic idea was to make an observation beehive and to describe the life of a bee colony with the sound. There are contact microphones that pick up all the activity in the hive – the buzz, when the bees walk over, or fly against them. The monitoring of the bees means to look at time in a different way, due to the ecological process of the bee season. This process then becomes the monitoring of the bee season. The spectator – even when s/he spends only 5 minutes here – will see the progress. In the morning the activity will be different than in the evening. If there is a sunshine, there is much more activity.
The process is completely transparent and one can see everything that happens. But for me, the first thing is working with living matter as a source of an art project. In the scientific observation of a bee colony, you would not do it  like this. This beehive is not so practical, it is more like a sculpture with bees in it. You try to make it the best for the bees and for art. There’s only one negative point, it is a little bit demanding that they have to go climb via the inserted tube. It becomes problematic when they have to carry a weight, like bringing out a dead bee.
The bees are good bio-indicators, they inform us on the status or our environment. When they enter via the tube, you can see on the color of the pollen which flowers they visited. Most of the people are quite surprised when you say you keep bees in the city, and the first question is always – where do they find the food? It relates to a wider notion of environment and biodiversity. You can also see the bee colony as a representation of a self-organizing community, with horizontal, non-hierarchical collective decision making.

burning ice #5

microgarden – installation on a different soil


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Microgarden installation in the exhibition ‘On a different Soil’
Time Inventors’ Kabinet presentation, Praha – november 2011.