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 an initiative of Christina Stadlbauer and one of the strands of BiofiliA -Base for Biological Arts at Aalto University, Finland Other collaborators are Helsinki University, Hunajaluotsi Oy, 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; in Kaisaniemi Botanic Garden, Harakka island and Espoo Keilaniemi.

Film and editing: Lotta Petronella
Concept: Christina Stadlbauer

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