The interdisciplinary and international research project HIVEOPOLIS aims to use technology to communicate with honey bees so that they can be better protected against environmental pollutants, climate change and also their natural enemies. This requires an in-depth understanding of the bee colony, since any intervention – no matter how small – could jeopardise their coexistence. How do they organise themselves? How do they solve problems? How do they regulate processes in the hive? Only after the animals’ communication and behaviour have been deciphered can artificial signals – sound and vibrations, temperature changes, air movements, and so on – be used to convey information to the bees, such as warning that a field has just been fertilised. Bees play a key role in many ecosystems, but their numbers are steadily declining. It is therefore becoming increasingly important that we enter into dialogue with them.
HIVEOPOLIS. Beehives of the Future, from 2019
Artificial Life Lab/Institute of Biology/University of Graz
Videos: Artificial Life Lab
Project partners: École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne,
Université libre de Bruxelles, Free University of Berlin, Pollenity, Latvia University of Life Sciences & Technologies, Humboldt University of Berlin
Funded by EU Horizon 2020 FET Programme
PLATZEN – School for Civic Action, Graz-Andritz, 2021
The School for Civic Action is an educational experiment that tests alternative approaches to ‘city-making’.
Material Library (Steiermark), 2021
In his temporary material library, the artist Andreas Fogarasi gathers materials used in current building projects.
Shelf Condition, 2021
Cabinet Morphosis, 2021
Arnold Reinisch’s works are situated between photography and installation. He makes everyday objects and plastic materials into elaborately handcrafted depictions of a posthuman life form.
The Sharing Economy, 2018
studio ASYNCHROME (Marleen Leitner, Michael Schitnig)
In Weltverschiebung, the desire for public space is juxtaposed with the growing economisation of what once seemed like endless outer space.
17 Apr 2021–17 Apr 2021, 17:00
Video: Michaela Humpel, 2021
Livestreaming video games brings together millions of people from all over the world. Among the livestreaming portals, Twitch.tv is the leading platform.
Collage: Karen Zack/@teenybiscuit
As far as possible, artificial intelligence should eliminate human error. However, even an AI application is not totally error-free.
Volkschule Mariagrün, Graz, 2011–2014
City of Graz/GBG, Avrchitekturwerk Christoph Kalb and Philipp Berktold Architects with Susanne Bertsch
Photos: Markus Kaiser, Graz
Built in 2014, the Mariagrün primary school is a passive building made mainly of wood and located on a green-field site in Graz. This welcoming, light and airy structure provides a range of options in the space that support the school’s progressive approach to education, providing an environment for eight classes.