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Reading Room_03 Bardsley v Maeterlinck / Social Insect Trilogy / part i. The Life of the Bee

With just a couple of turntables, two female bee-ings remix Belgian symbolist poet Maurice Maeterlinck’s classic natural history text The Life of the Bee, in it’s entirety, to a soundtrack of Earth’s drone music.

Creating a hive party and under the influence of exotic substances secreting from their own bodies, anthropological questions rise to the surface when the vinyl grooves are scraped by venom styluses in this elaborate installation. Why are these workers planning to massacre the males? Are you OK Honey?

Presented in partnership with Midlands Arts Centre and Arts & Science Festival