This Sunday, March 17, we invite you to huddle inside of the inflatable beehive for a performance and reading circle. Join artists Hermione Spriggs (UK/San Diego) and Susan Sakash (Providence, RI) in a creative cross-pollination and conversation combining respective projects Telling the Bees? and Where’s Your Honey?
We’d like to keep some surprise but as we muse upon Hermione’s Birth of the Apiary, Heather Kapplow will be the subject of an intimate stick and poke. If you are so inspired Spriggs has provided a participatory element that’s a bit more temporary. We will engage in a discussion with the artists on the issues from trust to corporeal/psychological control, economic objectification to invested gratification, pain to sweetness and beyond in this durational performance. To learn more about their projects view the text below!
“Telling the Bees?” (Hermione Spriggs) is an ontological experiment inspired by a Medieval folkloric practice involving verbal communication with domestic bee colonies at crucial times of change. The public is invited to take and wear a small ‘tattoo’, printed with ink that is sensitive to the pheromone released by bees when they swarm, and to record their altered sensory experience. Through engagement with a swarming body that is capable of responding to minute changes in climatic condition (bees are known to be able to predict the occurrence of hurricanes and tsunamis, as well as to actively respond to subtle environmental change over time), the human body, with focused attention, develops the capacity to function as a trans-species barometer.
“Where’s Your Honey?” (Susan Sakash) explores, through public and private performance, the work ethic and motivational drivers behind the individual and collective processes of female-oriented artists. For this project, Susan Sakash sat with nine artists who received a stick and poke tattoo of a worker bee, in exchange for a conversation focused around these topics.
Questions that ground the entire work include:
What motivates you to make?
What are the ways that you work, as an individual artist and in collective?
What are the stresses you or your community experience because of the way that you make art?
Where do you get your “honey”?
Complementing the interviews, artists were asked to contribute ephemera of their art-making that was subsequently embalmed in honey jars. On March 17th, Susan will sit with a tenth artist,a media, performance, and installation artist, Heather Kapplow, for a public tattoo conversation.
(in collaboration with: Olivia Horvath, Sarah Kern, Anastasia Laurenzi, Xander Marro, Dana Moser, Deb Nicholson, Hana van der Kolk, Joan Wyand, and Meredith Younger)
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Hermione Spriggs holds a BSc in anthropology, and is currently an MFA candidate and the Managing Director of the Experimental Sculpture and Paining Production Studio at the University of California, San Diego. Her works explore the overlap of being human and being ‘thing’, and the creation of new languages though inter-species collaboration. Spriggs is currently undergoing various forms of agility training that allow her to relinquish human agency in order to materialize the anthropologically unthinkable. Spriggs is a fellow of Mildred’s Lane and part of research networks The Culture of Preservation (AHRC, UCL) and Something from Nothing: Fearless Speculations in Art, Science and Activism (UCSD Center for the Humanities), and is a founding member of the UCSD Living Archives colloquium.
Susan Sakash is a musician and community artist/activist living in Providence, Rhode Island. Her work dwells on how people and communities can grow stronger through mutual inspiration and collective action. From 2005 – 2008, she was the co-curator of the Berwick Research Institute’s Public Art Incubator Residency in Boston. She currently plays trombone with the What Cheer? Brigade, a 20 piece brass band, and is one of the organizers of the Providence HONK! Street Band Festival. She also keeps bees at her community garden and is proud to report they survived this winter.