There will be a screening of More Than Honey by artist and film maker Markus Imhoof on 26th February 2016, at 7.30pm, at The Single Screen, Block 43 Malan Road, NTU Centre for Contemporary Art Singapore (NTU CCA).
“In Markus Imhoof‘s documentary, beekeepers, scientists, and others discuss the world’s declining bee population and what it may mean for modern society. Fifty years ago, Einstein had already insisted on the symbiotic relationship binding these pollen gathers to mankind: “If bees were to disappear from the globe,” he predicted, “mankind would only have four years left to live.”” – NTU CCA
You can find the synopsis of More Than Honey here.
Separately, and not so separately, Arnia, one of the exhibitions presented by this year’s M1 Singapore Fringe Festival showed empty racks of “man-assisted” bee hives in a glass casing, complete with engulfing buzzing, with an accompanying short video of real bees and hives at an Italian church in Florence, a variation of the same installation of the same title.
This exhibition has closed on 24th January 2016. Below are some photographs that I took of the exhibit on 17th January, the fifth day after the exhibition opened, and on 22nd January.
My experience on my second visit was: despite the racks being neatly arranged, nature never submit to such orderliness, nature has its way of continuing its business. Look at those moulds, the vapour, the maggots/larvae of flies/moths, the dripping honey, the queen bee looking quite dead on an altar made of a comb.
On my first visit, the entire world inside the vitrine was “quite dead”, no visible activity was detected, except the sluggishly accumulating honey droplets that were not even dripping. On my second visit, it was much livelier with moths crawling and fluttering their wings, larvae wriggling around. I saw new life.
And here are key words/phrases of my experience during my first visit: deafening at first, grown to enjoy it afterwards, tempted to sit down in a corner for eternity. Poignant. Reminder to eat organic food. Recalling the numerous articles on how bees are endangered, and in turn the availability of vegetables and fruits. Curious. I smelt mildly sourish scent of raw, pure honey by getting very very close to the edge of the vitrine housing the hive. Be engulfed.