The Migrating Beehive
Palinsesti, Premio in Sesto
November 2018, San Vito al Tagliamento

A beehive has a strongly organized internal structure: Honey bees are social insects, who live together in large, well-organized family groups. Several thousand worker bees cooperate in nest building, food collection, and brood rearing. Each member has a definite task to perform, however, individuals cannot survive without the support of the colony.

The links between aesthetics, ethics and politics are being investigated using a performative, site-specific installation. By migrating three beehives from Carinthia (Austria) to Italy the topic of migration is being addressed. The bees are consequently used as guest workers to support the local honey production and pollination of plants with their labor.

At the same time beekeepers are being integrated in the project as a local partner to care for the bees as well as harvest the honey. The art project provides a sustainable product to the locals in form of a so-called „art honey“ made by the migrant bees in return for giving them space and providing social security in form of hibernation, additional feeding if necessary and a shelter in form of a especially designed beehive.
MDF, 74 x 45 x 49 cm (model 1:4)
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