BZZZ! INTERNATIONAL SOUND ART FESTIVAL 2014
In recent years, bee colonies have collapsed in several parts of the world. Nobody knows for sure why, but a variety of different and sometimes contested theories have been presented and debated.
- We have invited artists from all around the world, to work on this theme, and the response have been overwhelming, says Sound Art Curator, Kajsa Magnarsson.
- "BZZZ" will be a really good mix of concerts, workshops, sound- and video installations. About 20 artists will live and work in Harplinge on the Swedish west coast, the weeks prior to the festival. We have built a network with the local beekeepers so they can cooperate with the artists on site.
Harp Art Lab and Softday from Ireland, organized a workshop about sound art and beekeeping in april and as a an outcome of that the beekeepers have started to film and record their own honeybees.
- Ideally, I'd like to see a concert where beekeepers played their own bee-sounds, says Kajsa Magnarsson.
Harp Art Lab is a laboratory for sound- and climate art situated in Harplinge Windmill on the Swedish west coast. The windmill is fully functional and one of the largest "Smock" mills left standing in Northen Europe.
In 2012, Mikael Ericsson, created the site specific sound art installation "Millophonia". The sails of the windmill, are now running two enormous bellows that are supplying a modified self playing pipe organ with air.
- Millophonia is a combination of three machines, the windmill, the pipe organ and the player piano. The outcome is a unique architectual work of sound art permantely installed in the historical contextof Harp Art Lab, says Chief of Artistic Operations, Mikael Ericsson
Millophonia will be a part of BZZZ International Sound Art Festival 2014 that starts friday july 4th at 1 p.m. and then runs all weekend. Installations and documentations will be exhibited at Harp Art Lab July 4 - August 17 2014.
Stefan Isebring / Hanna Östergren
Softday (Mikael Fernström / Sean Taylor)
Sara B Nilsson