Title: Elevator Music 38: Bioni Samp – Digital Beehive
Dates: 9th Feb – June 23rd 2019
Curator: Rachel Seligman
Digital Beehive is an installation by British experimental sound artist and beekeeper Bioni Samp. As an electronic music producer and seasonal beekeeper, Samp has researched bees and bee frequencies, and makes work to raise awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecosystem. This installation is both an audio journey through the sounds and frequencies inside honey-bee hives, and also a visual journey through a non-linear history of beehives, featuring beehives around the world, Samp’s ‘Hive Synthesiser’ (an ever expanding, DIY modular synthesizer made from recycled electrical components), glimpses of Saint Ambrose, the patron saint of beekeepers, and more. Digital Beehive was created using the following mainly Samp-created instruments: Hive Synthesiser, Electronic Beesmoker, Binaural Beeframe EMF Detector, Baby Bee Synth, Hex Controller and Honey Viscosity Synth, Hive Tool Resonance Detector, and Allen & Heath mixer.
Bioni Samp has performed and exhibited at Gallery 101 and the National Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada; Harp Art Lab, Harplinge, Sweden; the 16th Media Art Biennale, Wroclaw, Poland; FACT, Liverpool, UK; The National Centre for Craft & Design, Sleaford, UK; Sonic Dreams Festival, Waterford, Ireland; Primal Uproar 3 onboard the MS Stubnitz, Hamburg, Germany; the Piksel Festival, Bergen, Norway; and many others.
This exhibition is presented in conjunction with Like Sugar, which explores both the problematic and joyful aspects of sugar. Digital Beehive is organized by Rachel Seligman, Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator, in conjunction with the artist. Support for this exhibition comes from the Friends of the Tang.
Bioni Samp – Digital Beehive – Installation
- ‘Digital Beehive’ Video with binaural soundtrack. (Shown portrait on larges flat-screen monitor via media-player.
- Two Beesmokers with internal speakers (additional (reinforced sound speakers in small fruit boxes)