Category: performance

science festival Barcelona – june 16>17

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.

vitr – wind recordings in kravin, czech republic

Saturday october 29th we were recording the artist-wind-instruments-band in the surrounding fields of Kravin, Hranice. The band is one of the four marching bands that perform a composition determined by the wind. The project VITR (by Givan Bela) will be introduced during the eco-conference #05 in Praha, and will be presented as an installation during the final TIK festival in Brussels, may 2012.

OpenGreens presentation at Upgrade! Zagreb

Sunday may 22nd at 1pm/3pm, Annemie Maes will give a presentation of Okno’s OpenGreens project at Upgrade! Zagreb, AKC Medika, Hacklab 01 – Pierottijeva 11, Zagreb.

If we really want to reshape our urban way of life on a sustainable and ecological basis, we will have to take tangible measures. But how and where can we create green oases in the concrete jungles of our towns? On the window ledge, the balcony or the rooftop?
The multimedia artist and activist Annemie Maes will give us some answers and practical tips. She has long been involved in eco-technologies and grass-roots activism. In 2004, she and Guy van Belle set up OKNO, an artists collective that aims to develop innovative cultural projects linking art and technology.
For example: Connected Open Greens – the outskirts of town where culture and nature can come together symbiotically, where regenerative energy technologies meet traditional gardening and where art projects might make new biotopes. The question is this: to what extent can new organisms, new surroundings and new landscapes be generated by merging the artificial with the natural?
OKNO members operate two Open Green Rooftop Gardens in Brussels. They observe and record the growth, flowering and decay of plants as well as providing a habitat for insects and keeping bee colonies.
In Zagreb, Annemie Maes will be talking about the Connected Open Greens project, one feature of which is urban bee-keeping.

postcards from the future

27 May 2011 — 19:00
Rue de Flandre / Vlaamsesteenweg
1000 Brussels ……

Friday 27 May 2011, 7pm, Rue de Flandre, Brussels. Car traffic has reached its critical mass. As the last automobile joins in, the roads suddenly come to a standstill. Filling up the motorways, the congestion rapidly flows over into the smallest alley: the traffic jam has ceased to be a regrettable coincidence. It has become the new condition of our public spaces. In the midst of this apocalyptic landscape, the inhabitants of the city take it upon themselves to invent a new life in symbiosis with the stagnating stream of the now useless vehicles.
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