The image captures The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehivean installation and a research project by artist Anne Marie Maes. Since many years she has been interested in the live of the bees in urban areas. With this project she strives to realize an intelligent beehive that can offer refuge to bee colonies in urban areas. Dressed with an outer sensible membrane, a combination of organic and electronic elements, the beehive becomes a bio-sensor by changing color any time the environment reaches a certain level of pollution. A further, double-sided skin shelters a second type of bacteria that attacks the bees’ natural enemy – the Varroa destructor mite. This project, thus, envision a collaboration between humans and animals in the combination and cooperation between organic and non organic elements, as she specified during the Hybrid Lab conference in Helsinki last week.
Anne Marie Maes, The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive, 2016 – ongoing. The project was bestowed with a Honorary Mention in the Hybrid Art discipline of the Ars Electronica Festival 2017 in Linz, Austria.