Tag: ICT

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.

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/