The Hive returns!
On Saturday, June 16, we will install The Hive at the Arthur Griffin Museum in Winchester, MA. All are welcome to attend, immerse and interact from 6:30-8:00 pm.
Parents: interactive, artistic workshops will be available during the day on Saturday. If you have children (grades 7 and up) who would like to attend, please contact us at azampitella17 at yahoo . com
In early summer of 2011, SWARM! unveiled The Hive, a multi-sensory, multi-media experience that invites the audience to engage, to interact, and to play.
Our first "unveiling" took place at the Mobius Gallery on Saturday, June 4. Audio and visual performers added texture to the structure, which was enhanced by video projections and dramatic lighting.
The Hive itself is constructed out of various materials such as (but not limited to) chicken wire, fabric, paper, foam, plywood, and even recyclable materials. The Hive is an evolving creation that started with a simple vision (above), a central spiral structure that would maintain many of the organic patterns of a natural beehive, but would allow for the inclusion of interactive pieces within. Below, the structure begins to take shape in real life:
Why a Hive?
The Hive emerged as a way to advocate for the health of bees, which are vital to the survival of a majority of our crops. The recent phenomenon CCD ( colony collapse disorder) continues to affect hives across the United States. As a result, bees are mysteriously disappearing from their hives. The disappearance of the bee's sometimes cause entire colonies to collapse without enough worker bees to keep the hive running. Inspired by the bee population's natural and incredible survival instinct, and teamwork, The Hive is a structure that is experiential, multi-sensory and interactive, inviting artists, sculptors, musicians, and all creative thinkers to contribute to the construction, atmosphere and culture of our communal space.
Who We Are
Larry Frisoli - Construction/Audio Visual Coordinator
Amy Brown - Construction and Creative Design
Aurelio Ramos - Lead Audio Visual Technician
Lindsey Garvey - Construction and Creative Design
Angelina Zhou - Conceptual Development)
Jane Hsiaoching Wang
Ben Cantil (Encanti)
Mobius Gallery | The Zampitella Family | The Colella Family |  The Carlisle Family |  Zeke Brown | West Somerville Neighborhood School | Amanda Hawkes | Katrine Burkett and Eric | Martin | Sidewalk Sam | Martha O’Connell | The Weekly Dig | Together Festival | Jeneile Egbert | Bianca Stezzi | Mike O’Brien | Aaron Silverstein
Our financial supporters on Kickstarter:
● Ryan Kasiski
● Kristophe Diaz
● Richard Laskey
● MJ and Justin Boudrow
● Peter Berdovsky
● Susan Carlisle
● Angelina Zhou
● Thomas Aldrich
● Heather Devereaux
In order to make this a true community-driven project, we encourage artists and creative thinkers to add their own piece to the larger structure. If you have an idea for a visual piece, an audio or visual installation, or some sort of interactive piece you'd like to include in a future display, contact us! The sky is the limit here, we want this to be a collaborative effort.
Also, if you want to help out on the day(s) of and have an idea of how to contribute, let us know! Musical soundscapes, interactive "performances," and costumed dancing are some of the things we're looking for, but if you've got a creative idea, don't be afraid to pitch it!
Contact: info @ bostonswarm.org.
While we try to use recycled materials as the foundation of The Hive, there are certain costs which will be necessary to make this project a success. In addition, countless people are donating their time, effort, and even minimal personal expenses, but there remains a need for some financial support...YOU can help create this positive, community-building expereince a success with a small donation.
Please visit our Kickstarter page and help...even just a few dollars can go a long way in helping us reach our goal.
Thanks to our Kickstarter donors so far: Ryan Kasiski, Kristophe Diaz, Richard Laskey, Justin, Jason, Brian, Peter Berdovsky, Stella, and Susan Carlisle!
June 4: Display at the Mobius Gallery
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