With Beehave, the Fundació Miró invites its visitors to find out about the possibilities of urban bee keeping and delve into the current debate on the importance of these insect pollinators. The project will begin with an exhibition, which will include works of a group of both local and international artists in various formats, as well as specific installations within and outside of the the museum galleries. Beehave will conclude with two publications.
1. Honeybee_Scopa (x 480 magnified)
Bees collect pollen, floral oils and other chemicals from plants. The scopa is a particularly dense mass of elongated hairs on the hind leg of a honeybee. Together with the pollen-basket the scopa form a pollen-carrying apparatus that is used to transport pollen from the flower to the nest.
2. Mentha_Pollen (x 3400 magnified)
An isolated pollen grain of Mentha spicata, Lamiaceae. 78,9 micron and 3400x magnifed.
3. Bee_Eye (x 295 magnified)
The bee’s eyes differ greatly from human eyes. They consist of a pair of compound eyes made up of numerous six-sided facets. They also have three simple eyes (occuli). Despite this, their vision is sharp for a distance of only 1 meter. A compound eye cannot register the fne detail of our own eyes, but it is particularly good at detecting and following motion. Bees navigate by ultraviolet light which penetrates clouds and they use the sun as a reference point to communicate to other bees the angle of fight to be followed to arrive at newly discovered foraging fields.
4. Bee_Wing (x 270 magnified)
The wings of the honeybee have a very specifc design and their fight mechanism is an example of delicate technology. A bee carrying a load of nectar and pollen would require a wing too large to allow it to enter many of the fowers it collects from. Therefore the honeybee is equipped with a double wing. When fying, the two parts hook together with some kind of Velcro-system. And they fold neatly into one wing when reaching the fower to collect the nectar.
5. Bee_Proboscis (on photo: Glossa part) (x 500 magnified)
Glossa is the Greek word for ‘tongue’. The glossa is similar to a long segmented cylinder covered with hairs. When the bees are foraging, the tongue is extended and immersed into the nectar. The hairs on the glossa erect to collect the liquid and the nectar is sucked into pharynx (throat).
Besides being a feeding instrument, the bee-tongue serves also for licking the queens’ pheromones which regulate the life in the hive. So it is also a kind of communication instrument. The length of a sucking proboscis of a honey bee is 6,5 mm.
Transparent Beehive Notebook – click to start the download
This notebook gives background info on the bee monitoring project. Scientific experiments, artistic drawings, articles, texts, artistic impressions , … etc. By clicking on the image, you can download the Transparent Beehive Notebook,
Agency is the capacity of an actor to act in a given environment.
Variation Games are games where the set of rules is constantly adapted by the players.
The video of 10′ shows an edit out of a year long cycle of observation movies on the behaviour of honey bees. The recordings are made with an infra-red camera, from the moment that a bee swarm was put into an empty beehive till their nest was build. It shows how the bees are scanning and discovering the new space, how they start organizing their nest and how they turn the locus into their own territory. It demonstrates/reveals decision making, networking, building, collaboration, collective intelligence.
Variation Games, video
Sequence of Colony Behaviour, annotations