The black honeybee (apis mellifera mellifera) is a type endemic to Belgium. In the project BEEHIVE, 2 hives are installed in the ever waste land. Bees are important actors of the food-chain and necessary facilitators of biodiversity. They are pollinators, and do not mind urban spaces. Public involvement is intended.
The idea is to observe, transform and publish the signals/outputs in order to monitor the bees and natural processes in the city. That is observing the hives directly (at the location, at dedicated moments), and more indirectly (cameras, microphones, etc.)
Inviting artists to use the output/signals of the hives is intended as feeding back translations of natural processes. Making the observation and transmission of the bee signals independent of the electric grid and sustainable asks for a photo-voltaic panel for renewable energy supply. The panel is designed as roofing for the hives.
The complexity of honeybees' highly social behavior, the organization of their colonies, their “intelligence”, preciseness and functionality in constructing, breeding, harvesting, preserving makes them carriers and collectors of information and biomonitors of the environment.