Between realms of cellular life, city occupation, and technology, Annemarie Maes’s ongoing Intelligent Beehive project and Dennis Dollens’s Metabolic Architectures share a theoretical lineage and form-finding curiosity that subscribes to the view that intelligent species and their built environments have contributions to make to experimental research specific to art and architecture. Microbe, plant, animal, and machine intelligences, along with social systems, are at the base of this research considering bees, microbes, and computational simulation as participants in urban and technological communication, AI, and community. In this paper we discuss sculptural, architectural, and theoretical logic as it draws from nature’s intelligences technologically hybridized.
ref. Christopher D. Stone (Should Trees Have Standing?) ⇒ check legal actuality of this paper.
Legal rights for Bee Colonies: not in the 2nd degree (via their economic value and the rights of the beekeepers) but in the 1st degree, as citizens of Polli-Nation.
What is the role of eco-activists as Greenpeace (sewing Bayer & Monsanto) and AVAAZ
-Discussing your work as layered intelligences in urban situations where technology is switched between interventions at the level of physical bee and bee-ness and the parallel realm of technology that supplies consequent possibilities of thinking, visualizing, and actions for the people who visit your exhibitions or read/view your sites and books.
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-I would like to talk about such works as Metabolic Architectures in themselves, and relate them to typologies of intelligences that range from bee mites to our AI in collaborative urban occupation.
-Involving Species Justice which interests me as a strategy where your artwork and bee-verses-neoniconoids interface in The Rights of Nature — including urban nature.
-One of the ways I see our works interlinked is via theory and analogy and artistic propositions (Wittgenstein) that has environmental and urban life tightly in common. Even when some ways we express works is quite different I always see in your work parallels and expressions that I wish were also in my work — biofilms being an excellent example — and because in the architectures (sculptures) you build or collaborate with the bees to build, I see as a future programmable intelligence, your work has resonance in the algorithmic plant growths I use to generate the BioTowers.
-I thought of telling my story of the Intelligent Beehive as a new kind of biological sculpture, with a focus on interaction between human & non-human agents (as bacteria and bees) for the communication and visualization of urban environmental information as well as for the wellbeing of the declining honeybees. All this with a focus on biofilms and my ‘artistic experiments’.
The biofilms are yet involved in my project since 15 months ago, when I decided to make the transfer from green hardware technology towards living technology: bacteria and microbial life.
My focus now is indeed completely on working with bacteria.
-Quorum sensing (cell to cell communication) is indeed something that interests me a lot, as the bacterial decisions are at the core of my project.
I am very interested by the approach of Donna Haraway and Lynn Margulis.
-Biofilms — Maybe that’s were we begin — how you have begun to experiment with them and how I have been writing about them and build toward where you are going with this summer’s research and where I’m going with theory and implications for the series of bioTowers.
-Initially I think this would be good to begin with the bees, the intelligent beehives, and biofilms and bridge to the biotowers in a discussions of bees and urban intelligences of various species that could segue through urban, AI, hive, garden, autopoiesis theory as our Operating System.