AnneMarie Maes - Scaffolded Sound Beehive

Fri 23 Oct 2020 - 09:00 to Sun 25 Oct 2020 - 17:00
Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, Toekomstlaan 5, 3910 Neerpelt

The Scaffolded Beehive is an immersive multi-media installation which provides visitors an audio experience of the activity in a beehive. The centerpiece of the installation is the top of a Warré beehive constructed using open source digital fabrication and mounted on a scaffold. The hive is 2.5 m high and visitors can put their head inside the beehive and experience an auditory interpretation of hive activity. A 2-channel sound installation plays continuously inside the hive. This sound installation is based on field recordings made in the broodnest of a beehive installed on the rooftop of the Brussels Urban Bee Lab. The 15 minutes-piece pans over the spectrum of a single day, from midnight to midnight. The increase and decrease in swarm activity in the hive became the guideline for the processing of the recordings. The audio work tries to embody the bee swarm while simultaneously intersecting the swarm with swirling electronic sound clusters.

AnneMarie Maes (BE) is an artist who has been studying the close interactions and

co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. Her research practice combines art and

science, with a keen interest in DIY technology and biotechnology. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms. Her artistic research materialises in techno-organic objects that are inspired by factual/fictional stories; in artefacts that are a combination of digital fabrication and craftsmanship; in installations that reflect both the problem and the (possible) solution, in multispecies collaborations, in polymorphic forms and models created by eco-data. On the rooftop of her studio in Brussels she has created an open-air lab and experimental garden where she studies the processes that nature employs to create form. Her research provides an ongoing source of inspiration for her artworks. The Bee Agency as well as the Laboratory for Form and Matter, in which she experiments with bacteria and living textiles, provide a framework that has inspired a wide range of installations, sculptures, photography works, objects and books, all at the intersection of art, science and technology. 

This installation is part of the 3-day Expo-route from 23.10-25.10 at various locations in and around Provinciaal Domein Dommelhof, the Canal Zone and Gemeente Pelt. 

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