Melliferopolis Workshop I / 2012
Melliferopolis –Honeybees in Urban Environments

Melliferopolis is a trans-disciplinary initiative centered on honeybees, their role in urban eco-systems, the implications of keeping bees in the city and the function and properties of honey and bees as bio-monitors. Honeybees are intrinsically connected to natural processes, they play a crucial role in food production and as guardians of biodiversity.

The project acts as a platform to explore these links, to creatively experiment with human-bees interaction, and aims to transmit and translate processes and findings around bees into artistic expressions.

Melliferopolis is one of the strands of Biological Arts at Future Art Base / Aalto University, and has collaborations with Helsinki University, Hunajaluotsi Oy / MTT Agrifood, Helsinki City Environmental Centre, Helsinki University of Applied Sciences Metropolia, local craftspeople and creative practitioners, as well as international artists and artisans, designers and scientists.

Melliferopolis was launched in May 2012 with a seminar at Aalto Arabia Campus, a workshop organized at Harakka island and the installment of three beehives in the cities of Helsinki and Espoo.

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