by Jonathan Smith and Ethan Turpin
The Bee Cell is a hexagonal chamber comprised of six frosted glass panels filled with video projection. From outside viewers see macro imagery of bees and honeycomb structures, elegantly framed by Victorian-style molding. Upon entering the chamber through one of its two doors, people are immersed in a bold hive-like experience of surrounding video and audio. A mirrored ceiling creates an illusion of extended interior space and incorporates the viewer’s own image with that of the surrounding bee colony. This piece was created for the "Swarm" exhibit at Lotusland in Montecito, California.