Metabolic Architectures meet Intelligent Guerrilla Beehives

title: Dialectics of Nature: Metabolic Architectures meet Intelligent Guerrilla Beehives; editor: Leonardo ; authors: Dennis Dollens, AnneMarie Maes; distribution: MIT press; DOI 10.1162/leon_a_01770 – will be published in 2020

This article is accepted by Leonardo and will be published in 2020.

Between realms of cellular life, city occupation, and technology AnneMarie Maes’s Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive project and Dennis Dollens’s Metabolic Architectures share a theoretical lineage and form-finding curiosity subscribing to the view that species’ intelligence and their built environments have contributions to make to experimental art and architecture. Microbe, plant, animal, and machine intelligences then root our research considering bees, microbes, and computational simulation as participants in generative design and technological communication, AI, and community. In this paper we discuss sculptural, architectural, and theoretical logic/design as it draws from nature to hybridize types of intelligences spanning matter, phenomena, and life.