Foraging fields


Annemie Maes

Lauki - fields tag: 

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.

Notes from 17th of May 2014:

bee laboratory

intelligent beehive - a beehive that is small mobile, guerrilla beehives that can be hung on trees in the city, just big enough for a bee colony, no commercial honey production, intelligent in the sense that the deisgn is informed by natural forms, organic materials, integrtion of biodegradable sensors in the skin to monitor health of bee colony, beehive itself should become a sensor for the environment, stress tests on bees, all sensors powerd by microfuel cellsm fed by dead bees from beehive, everything should biodegrade,

reasons to be interested: the crisis of bees
Monsanto neonicotinoids, economy, money, monopolies
infection with faroa mite, but bees should be able to resist but immune system endangered due to pesticides, fertilizers monoculture

dwindling of diversity - also in linguistics
paradoxical that urban bees are in better shape and produce better honey, beton

politics of green spaces in cities and politics of agriculture

wrong way of doing agriculture

bee monitoring

experimental set ups

urban situations


ecosystem biologists - invasive flowers -

enhancing diversity
against privatisation of agriculture -

raising awareness
art as life
life as art

slow art / slow science

high frequency trading versus slow art

long term process

durational practice

active / lazy / bee /drone

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