To the average person, bees are only good for two things: honey and cute little animated films starring Jerry Seinfeld. So no one really seemed to be paying attention last year when scientists announced a worldwide decline of the fuzzy, useful insects. Of course, if life turns out to be anything like M. Night Shyamalans The Happening, next well all go nuts and start committing hara-kiri with kitchen shears after inhaling a toxin.
For a different perspective on life under threat of a global bee-colony collapse, head for the closing reception of the Beeswane: Lisa Corine von Koch exhibit at eye lounge. The show features large-scale sculptures that re-create parts of the bee colonys experience, made from paper, beeswax, plastic bottles, and other found materials. Theres also a video of von Koch in a bee costume, pollinating a field, and beeswax-coated photos of her in other stinging performances. The performance work is meant to show the absurdity of humans having to overtake the role of the bees should their numbers continue to decrease, says von Koch.
Fri., Aug. 7, 5-10 p.m., 2009