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.
BEE AGENCY (installation)
The b/w Scanning Electron Micrographs (SEM) reveal the elaborate design of some dissected parts of flowers and honeybees. All samples are collected in the Urban Bee Lab, the artists’ apiary and rooftop garden laboratory in the centre of Brussels.
A group of brightly coloured totems display a range of plexiglass boxes with objects and materials relating to the endangered Apis melifera species and to their vanishing ecosystems.
1. Bee Wing (x 270) – b/w 80×80
2. Bee Eye (x 295, detail) – b/w 80×80
3. Curbicula (x 265, pollen basket detail, hairs) – b/w 80×80
4. Glossa (x 150, bee tongue) – b/w 215×160
5. Proboscis (x 150, mouthparts of the Apis mellifera) – b/w 215×160
6. Exoskeleton debris (x100, small piece of the skeleton of a honeybee) – b/w 215×160
7. Mentha spicata, Single Pollen Grain (x 3400) – b/w 80×80
8. Scopae (x 480, hairs on the hind leg of a honeybee) – b/w 80×80
VARIATION GAMES (video, 21’59”)
The video is a condensed edit of a year-long audiovisual observation of the behaviour of a honeybee colony in their private environment. The recordings are made with an infrared camera and contact microphones inside the beehive. We follow how the bees start to build their nest. They scan the new space and clean it from foreign objects. Then the worker bees organize to design the locus as their home: they reveal decision-making, networking, collaboration and collective intelligence.