Anthropobee

Mia Mäkelä

Anthropobee is an experimental video essay about the unique interspecies relationship between humans and the honey bee (apis mellifera). The artist spent three years as a beekeeper, documenting her experiences in a series of humorous, poetic, and contemplative dialogues which leave space for not-knowing and ecocentricity, differing from traditional nature documentaries. Various scenes common in European apiculture today reveal the degree of anthropocentricity and control we impose on the life of the honey bee, subjugating the bees into a condition of exploitable natural resource. 

Production Year
2022
Duration
00:17:00
Type
Tags
Original Title
Anthropobee
English Title

Anthropobee

Production Countries
Finland,Chile
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Mia Mäkelä (Author), Mia Mäkelä (Cinematographer), Mia Mäkelä (Director), Mia Mäkelä (Editor), Mia Mäkelä (Script), Mia Mäkelä (Sound Design), Matías Serrano Acevedo (Sound Design), Niilo Helander Foundation (Funder), Suomen Kulttuurirahasto / Finnish Cultural Foundation (Funder), Kone Foundation (Funder)
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Mia Mäkelä works with audiovisual performance, documentary and development projects. She graduated from Tampere School of Arts and Communications in 1996 and from the University of Art and Design Helsinki in 2006. Mäkelä is internationally acclaimed for her trajectory in the field of live cinema. She has shown her work and lectured all over the globe, including The Tate Britain in London, Ars Electronica in Linz, Contemporary Art Museum Kiasma in Helsinki, Transmediale in Berlin, Konzerthaus in Vienna, USC in Los Angeles, USP in Sao Paolo, National Museum of Women in the Arts in Washington, Festival do Rio de Janeiro, Ex Teresa Arte Actual Museum in Mexico City, BANFF Centre in Alberta, Canada and CaixaForum in Barcelona.