Apitherapy quarantine

Rae, Jennifer 2018, Apitherapy quarantine, Arts House, Melbourne, Vic..

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Title Apitherapy quarantine
Creator(s) Rae, JenniferORCID iD for Rae, Jennifer orcid.org/0000-0001-9260-9443
Year presented 2018
Year created 2018
Material type art original
Description of artwork Apitherapy Quarantine is a multi-platform creative work presented at Arts House for REFUGE: Pandemic. The AQ was created in collaboration with a bee colony on site, offering audiences unique and intimate 'therapies'.
Publisher Arts House
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Keyword(s) Apitherapy
Quarantine
Refuge
Pandemic
Bees
Summary Apitherapy Quarantine (AQ) was created in response to what seemingly is an increase in ‘quarantine’ or ‘isolationist’ thinking in today’s socio-political climate. By focusing on the big, sometimes ‘imagined’ or ‘fake’ threats, we limit our ability to see what may be greater dangers on our doorstep. The AQ looks at our relationship to bees, a less visible threat to human survival. Viruses don’t just target humans. They can infect all forms of life from bacteria to bananas, soil to chickens, and also honeybees. A human-caused pandemic is killing billions of insects and bees worldwide. A lethal combination of neonicotinoid pesticide use, the varroa mite, deformed wing virus, trade and habitat loss are all contributing to a fast and alarming decline in bee populations. Bees and other pollinators are responsible for pollinating over 80% of all flowering plants, including up to 70% of our top human food crops. A mass die-off of bees could trigger a chain reaction resulting in devastating impacts to global food production. We lose bees, we starve. The Apitherapy Quarantine explores our symbiotic relationship to bees, via an immersive spa-meets-science-lab-meets-urban-agriculture environment in an ongoing Fair Share Fare collaboration with Arts House’s resident colony of bees. Apitherapy is a branch of alternative medicine that uses bees and bee products to treat specific ailments. The AQ therapists will offer isolated treatments for what may ail you in mind, body, spirit and/or community. You may want to rush out. You may be put to work. You may never want to leave. Please note: The AQ asks you to leave your possessions, fears, sins, secrets and desires before entering. This gesture is based on a reinterpretation of a medieval tradition called ‘telling the bees’ – an observance where a bee speaker would share important community news with the bee colony. Lorna Hannan is the resident bee speaker at Arts House, North Melbourne Town Hall.
Notes Sound engineering: Marco Cher-Gibard, Bee keepers: Rooftop Honey, Performers: Fiona Hillary, Clare Callow, Kelly Gillespie, Linda Tegg and Ilian Hellander.
Language eng
HERDC Research category J2 Minor original creative work
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30114992

Document type: Artwork
Collection: School of Communication and Creative Arts
 
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