Slovenski etnografski muzej

27. September 2018
2. December 2018
Accompanying exhibition 
Kjer so čebele doma

Heksagon: Where bees are at home

Spatial installation

Spatial installation Heksagon, where bees are at home, is the result of a PKP (Creative path to knowledge) project called Beekeeping as a challenge for modern design (BeeKul).

The installation was prepared by students of the Faculty of Design, Associated Member of University of Primorska and students of the Faculty of Natural Sciences and Engineering of University of Ljubljana in collaboration with the Slovene Ethnographic Museum. The project is financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Social Found. The exhibition Heksagon, where bees are at home is financed by the Slovene ethnographic Museum.

About the installation

The hexagonal geometric shape enables firmness of structure and efficient use of space and material. As a fundamental shape of the honeycomb, it serves as an inspiration for designing this exhibition.

The exhibition aims to guide the visitor through the space with a play of proportions and use of their senses. The journey begins with the giant floating sculpture of a bee in the hallway of the museum, which is a part of the accompanying exhibition, “Where bees are at home.”

The proportional size of the world of bees is translated into the proportions of the human world. The viewer thus experiences an alternative understanding of the world of bees by symbolically taking on the bee’s perspective.

The exhibition space features objects, which represent abstract interpretations of the world of bees. How these objects are perceived and understood is left to the viewer’s imagination.

An important part of the exhibition features microscopic photographs of bees, their products and honey plants. Nature, science and technology intertwine to enable the visitor to witness a part of the world which is otherwise unknown to them. The microscopic photographs of different compositions and colors form images, which are placed into the space in various manners. As the observer’s eye wanders from one image to another, it randomly groups the photos into new patterns and compositions.

The basis of the setting, through which the viewer walks, is a hexagonal wire netting. The diverseness of the landscape overpowers the geometric aspect of the space and transports the viewer into nature. The scents of lavender, rosemary and other honey plants, which the materials are saturated with, contribute to the wholeness of the experience. Besides the metal netting, the materials used are latex, felt and leftover textile, which create textures, volumes and surfaces. The textile beads, that the floor is dotted with, represent pollen. The visitor can pick them up and carry them to the hive, built out of a hexagonal net, covered with latex.

In pendulous felt cylinders the visitor is introduced to the sound of bees.

The exhibition ends with a video composition of microscopic videos of colorful honey plants, bee wings and dripping honey.

The purpose of the exhibition is to raise awareness about how crucial bees are for the existence humanity and nature.

Exhibition authors, students: Iva Davidovič, Patricia Eržen, Nina Glavič, Lovro Ivančić, Miran Juriševič, Zala Marinčič, Nika Prosen, Nuša Willenpart,

Exhibition co-authors and mentors: Izr. prof. dr. Damjana Celcar, Doc. Jana Mršnik, Sonja Kogej Rus, Gorazd Trušnovec

Graphic design: Nuša Willenpart, Iva Davidovič

Exhibition coordinator: Sonja Kogej Rus, Damjana Celcar

Photographs: Nina Glavič, Lovro Ivančić

Video: Lovro Ivančić

Project partners:

Fakulteta za dizajn, pridružena članica Univerze na Primorskem / Faculty of Design, Associated Memeber of University of Primorska

Slovene Ethnographic Museum

Medom, spletna trgovina d.o.o.

The project is financed by the Republic of Slovenia and the European Union from the European Social Found. The exhibition Heksagon, where bees are at home is financed by the Slovene ethnographic Museum.