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
This five-minute experimental film by the artist, curator and musician Eva Ursprung focuses on disturbing images such as flickering, colour shifts or image noise in old video recordings.
Storytelling in spatial planning, from 2019
Isabel Stumfol, Luca Bierkle
Whenever we hear or read about spatial planning, it is often in connection with problems: dying town centres, urban sprawl, the new shopping centre at the entrance to a town.
Better Care, 2019
It’s 2025 and Nadia, a care worker, is on her way in a driverless car to visit Pam, an elderly woman whose mobility is restricted after a stroke. With the help of a robotic walking stick and a machine that reminds her to take her medication, Pam receives basic support.
Wild bees, 2021
Drawings: Viktoria Zink
Scientific support: Wido Gunczy
As a crucial pollinator, the honey bee is currently a hot topic. The role of wild bees in the pollination process, however, is still unknown to wide sections of the population.
Klimaschutznotverordnung/KliNo (emergency climate protection regulation) 2021, 2020
The housing and construction sector is responsible for a substan-tial part of the production of greenhouse gases – because of its consumption of resources and energy, the construction process, the operation of buildings, their demolition, soil sealing, mobility caused by urban sprawl and other knock-on effects.
Lignobatt, seit 2017
Institute of Bioproducts and Paper Technology/ Graz University of Technology
At Graz University of Technology they have developed a way to use the flavouring substance vanillin, which we all know from baking, for sustainable energy storage.