Curated by Martina Millà
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.

This wiki-page keeps track of the development and the production of all 3 parts of the Bee Agency installation in Fondació Miró during the exhibition Beehave.

the Transparent Beehive

the exact measures of the outside platform:
Width: 225 cm / Depth: 637 cm / Side wall height: 473 cm

Installation Transparent Beehive:
- a new, custom-made version of the Transparent Beehive sculpture will be developed and produced. This living sculpture is adapted to host a bee colony inside it for the duration of the exhibition Beehave in museum Miró.
- the beehive will be designed conform to the needs of a real bee colony. The design will consist of a ‘double beehive’ which means that there is a Transparant Beehive nest at the core, protected with wood and aluminium for insulation purposes. This core basis is positioned inside a transparent plexi box that is well ventilated and that can be opened to take care of the bees. On top of this outer transparent box, there is a transparent pipe going up, over the rooftop of the museum and with a corner of 90°.
- The beehive has frames with contact microphones, the sound signal can be connected with other installations in the exhibition. The artist A.Maes provides a connection with mini-jack, coming out of the beehive on the outside platform. From there, connections and lenght of (audio) cables need to be taken care of by the artists that will use the sound input of the Transparent Beehive. Relative to the distance between the Transparent Beehive (on the outside platform) and the other installation (the architects) inside the museum, an specific amplifier needs to be used. This has to be taken care of by the architect-installation.
- we have to build a protection cage in mosquito gauze. This needs to be constructed on the outside platform to protect the visitors of the museum (cafe) of all unwanted contact with the bees.
- this protection cage needs a solid rooftop (can be a cheap construction material) to protect the beehive and the bees from rain and sun. The sides can be regular gauze, but 1 side needs a primitive kind of ‘door’ so that the beekeeper can get in the cage if working with the bees is necessary.

- contact different construction shops. Steven Thys, Luis Quesada, …
- which kind of hive-frames; the exact measures + a photo of the bee colony on the frames.
layens frames, alex
- AgriTextile for shading, anti-insect, …:
Waterproof rooftop

scanning electron micrographs

selection SEM micrographs

click images to enlarge
sala 17

I prefer to work with large prints of the micrographs instead of making wallpaper from it. I think the photos are really beautiful and it is a pity to degrade them to a wallpaper (which has a different, oppressive function). By making large prints, it will enhance the idea to be ‘inside’ the bee universe. I am now researching how large I can go with the prints, and on which material (photopaper or fabric). I will hang them directly on the wall without other support.
The wall behind the photos is black. I made several maquettes, and a black wall is much better than a white background. I would insist to have a black wall as this will work much much better with the micrographs, and also for the video projection.


the variation games, circular projection on sand

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.

test bees test micrographs scanningbacteria on sensorialskin

observation rushes & annotations

werkmateriaal (voor uitgebreide annotaties zie bovenstaande pagina)
- 1 en dezelfde bijenkast heb ik gemonitord met 2 cameras: 1 infrarode die binnen filmde en 1 gewone webcam die de bijen buiten filmde terwijl ze de bijenkast in en uit vliegen.
- De ene camera staat lateraal, de andere staat in topshot opgesteld. (Ik kan er eens een tekeningetje van maken.)
- De (infrarode)camera die lateraal filmt, filmt binnenin een ‘super' (of ‘honingzolder’ in nl). Dat is een box die bovenop de box met het nest wordt gezet, en waarin door de bijen de honingreserve wordt opgeslagen. Deze box is bij aanvang leeg. De bijen moeten eerst wasraat bouwen aan de lege topbars, vooraleer ze kunnenbeginnen om de honing op te slaan.
- de ordinaire webcam die in top is gemonteerd, filmt de activiteit van de bijenkolonie. Deze wordt gemeten door het aantal bijen dat in/uit het nest vliegt te monitoren. Over verloop van maanden (naar de zomer toe) maar ook zeer nauw gerelateerd tot de dagtemperatuur en het uur van de dag, zal die activiteit toenemen omdat de bijenkolonie uitbreidt.
- ondertussen zijn de ‘huisbijen’ begonnen met het uitbouwen van de raat voor de honingzolder. Hun activiteit is dus ook gerelateerd aan de uitbreiding van de kolonie.
- er is dus een timestamp-relatie tussen de informatie van de 2 camera’s
- voor de film ‘Variation Games’ (altijd hetzelfde en toch telkens anders) heb ik een stukje film geselecteerd van beide camera’s, telkens op hetzelfde uur, dit enkele weken (± 12 weken) na mekaar (telkens 3 minuten om 13:00 uur).

technical info
Panasonic PT EZ 580 EJ
Top down projection; distance 300cm from ceiling (340cm=max.); aspect ratio 16:10; lens=ET-ELS20 (1.7–2.8:1, zoom);
Une fois le projecteur placé, nous pouvons faire en sorte que l'optique soit à 3,24 cm du sol.
Avec ces mesures, le diamètre du cercle serait de 112 cm.
Le ratio d'aspect est de 179 x 112 (16:10).

narratieve lijn Variation Games:
intro + 4 delen
Pierre Boulez - Messagesquisse (4 delen)
intro ± 1min 50sec
- heel trage zoom en pans
- afscannen van planeten
- afscannen bijen onderdelen (abstract)
- extreme zoom in op stills

deel 1 ± 2 min.
- bewegende stills als planeten
- bijen van 1 naar enkele meer, zoekend (bee noir)
- sound: gezoem, daarna begin messagesquis
⇒ aftasten beelden, probleemstelling nog niet expliciet
deel 2 ± 1min52sec
- meer en meer bijen
- onrust neemt toe
- introductie van flicker
- sound: cello’s messagesquis, opzwepend
⇒ zenuwachtiger, probleemstelling (pandartes), SF filter, flicker
deel 3. ± 2min50sec
- experimenten
- labo (nacht), verlichte uitstraling in verlaten stad
- beekeeper/laborant, experimenten met microscopen, beehives, materialen
- bizarre kaders
- expressionistisch
- intro bacteria
deel 4. ± 2min
- bacteria/bees ⇒ symbiose
- bees as electronic neural neurons, neural networks, interconnected
- bees as bio-intelligent agents
- bees as complex biomechanics machines
- bacteria as contributing agents

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