Klaus Weber: Bee Paintings
- Talitha Kotzé
- 17 September 2009
Developing the relationship between the insect and humanity
It is estimated that one third of the human food supply depends on insect pollination, most of which is accomplished by bees, making us entirely dependent on co-habitation. Klaus Weber’s project develops bio-aesthetic experiments to question the co-evolution of humans and bees.
Bright white canvasses, varying in sizes, have been splattered with the defecation of bees. In early spring honeybees perform cleansing flights and Weber captured this by ‘tricking’ the bees into performing a creative act, and putting into question the inter-species relationship between man and bee.
The bigger project comes together in the accompanying catalogue and, in a succinct essay by Tom Holert, explains the epistemological and political conundrum of co-production, and elaborates on Weber’s multi-layered ideas around bees as a human technology.
As part of the project, Weber proposed a political demonstration at the Adam Smith monument in Edinburgh – which features him with his hand on a beehive as a symbol of the industry on which he believed progress was based. The intervention proposed to have around 200 000 swarming bees gather on the monument as an action to poke at the economic theory of free market individualism. Although assuring that swarmimg bees are meek and that sting incidents are highly unlikely at this demonstration, his proposal was declined by Edinburgh city council.
With this project, Weber calls for creative and industrious companionship within human-animal collaboration. His ecological and political message about the importance of our societal reliance on each other as creatures who share this planet is delivered with sheer brilliance.
Transmission Gallery, Glasgow Until Sat 3 Oct 2009