2 roof top gardens located in the center of Brussels at about half a kilometer distance from each other are transformed into communicating vessels. The rooftop gardens at Koolmijnen kaai 34 and at Vlaamse Steenweg 66 host beehives to be observed. Additionally, a third Schaarbeekian hive is installed at the Ever Mass (waste) Land.
The bees manage to bridge the spatial distance and to associate the locations by going about their business and natural processes within their individual yet overlapping territories (aeritories). The presence and activities of the bee colonies makes the gardens interconnect and interfere. The emerging inter-space can be perceived as place of encounters and neighborhood.
The inter-visibility between the two places is given and hence emphasizes the “symmunicative” and encountering nature of the installation. A new space of encounter, the mutual area of existence, can be defined, a new perception of neighborhood can be realized.
Optimizing the communication inside a beehive is crucial for survival and reproduction. Sophisticated languages (based e.g. on smells or “dancing”) help to make information transfer very efficient.
Exchange of information between different hives appears to be very reduced. Seemingly, there is no necessity in nature to pass on information obtained within one hive on to other hives.
Unfortunately, the long and hard winter killed the bee colony at Okno and the bee colony at the Ever Mass Land.
2 new colonies are installed since spring 2010 at the Ever Mass Land.
The first honey Le Schaerbeekois was harvested in July.
To talk about bees and honey and to get a taste of Le Schaerbeekois, please visit the honeySHOP.
Okno Open Green
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