SCAFFOLDED SOUND BEEHIVE - AnneMarie Maes

18/03/2021

Have you always wanted to hear how things work in a beehive?

From spring onwards, you will find the new immersive multimedia installation Scaffolded Sound Beehive in Klankenbos. This installation consists of a 2.5 metre tall Warré beehive, into which you can stick your head in order to experience the sound of a beehive.

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 minute-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.

The work of AnneMarie Maes (BE) is situated on the verge between art and science. 
She studies the interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems, with a strong interest in DIY technology and biotechnology. She works with different biological, digital and traditional media, including living organisms. Her artistic research translates into techno-organic objects, inspired by factual and/or fictional stories. On the roof of her studio in Brussels, AnneMarie Maes built the Urban Bee Lab: an open-air laboratory and testing ground where she studies the processes that nature uses to create forms. Both The Bee agency and The Laboratory for Form and Matter are fertile ground for various installations, sculptures, photographic works, objects and books. 
With The Bee Agency Project, AnneMarie Maes wants to give back the autonomy to the honeybee and support colonies to live 'in the wild' again.