Into the Wild

Mia Mäkelä

Into the Wild is a honeybee’s journey to the heart of the anthropocene. The video takes us back in time, to a remote village in Southern Lithuania. By documenting ancient beekeeping activities, Makela tracks down key moments in the relationship between two species, and how this affected the process of subjucating the honey bee into a condition of exploitable natural resource. The artist spent three years as a beekeeper, documenting her experiences. She researched the history of the European beekeeping and visited bee centers in Finland, Germany, Slovenia, Poland, and Lithuania. She also wrote a historical treatise on the importation of honey bee to Finland. Her theoretical framework is critical animal studies (CAS) and ecoethics.

Production Year
2021
Duration
00:09:29
Type
Tags
Original Title
Into the Wild
English Title

Into the Wild

Production Countries
Chile,Finland
Dialogue
Yes
Sound
Yes
Cast
Mia Mäkelä (Author), Mia Mäkelä (Cinematographer), Satu Lankinen (Composer), Matías Serrano Acevedo (Composer), Oliver Muller (Composer), Mia Mäkelä (Editor), Mia Mäkelä (Producer), Mia Mäkelä (Script), Mia Mäkelä (Sound Design), Kone Foundation (Funder), SKR (Funder), Frame Contemporary Art Finland (Funder), Niilo Helanderin säätiö (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.