Im Rahmen der internationalen Konferenz MatCon (München, 09. Februar 2017, Center for Advanced Studies) hielten die Filmschaffenden Felix Remter und Miriam Remter einen Vortrag zu ihrer gegenwärtigen Forschungs- und Filmarbeit zum Dokumentarfilmprojekt "Outside the Box".
Der Titel des Vortrags lautete "Thick participation in the material entanglements of honeybees and their keepers".
Eingebettet findet sich footage aus dem Film "Outside the Box" (work in progress).
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The interrelations of human beings, honeybees and their shared environments have changed significantly during the last decades in the global north. In this troubled interdependency, politicians, scientists, practitioners and activists, as well as different subspecies of Apis mellifera and an ectoparasite called Varroa destructor started developing diverse and often opposing agendas to face this precarious situation. In these more-than-human entanglements materiality and connectivity play a multilayered role. Ontological debates on the status of the honey bee - as domestic-, farm- or wild animal - are enmeshed with competing practical traditions and experimentation. In a highly engineered approach, honeybees are enacted as genetic material containing certain behavior stabilized in pedigrees that connect bees and breeders all over the globe. Others work with tree hives and approach the same bee as un-domesticated and to be embedded in “natural” selection. To find symmetrical metaphors for these shared spaces in which we are doing our resarch, we draw conceptual lines from the fields of Audiovisual Anthropology, Science and Technology Studies, Multi-Species-Ethnography and Sensory Ethnography. Working in a field where sensory, bodyily and tacit knowledges are closely connected to material practices and conceptual agendas, we choose film as a methodological tool for thick participation and resonance rather than for representation. Thus we describe close range vision, haptic visuality and acoustemology as means to establish a mode of resonance for the viewer. In our article we discuss the possibilites of the materiality of film itself, to convey the sensory knowledges, the material entanglements, and the atmospheres we experienced in these emergent ecologies.