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.
Into the Wild