Another interesting entomological tidbit I stumbled over on the interwebs: bee performance art in Canada!
“Who Will Tell the Bees?
Telling the bees is a tradition dating back to Medieval times, where a member of a community was designated as a messenger to visit the apiaries to relay to the bees significant events in the lives of the community nearby. It is still thought by some farmers that when a beekeeper dies someone must inform the hives of her death and introduce them to their new keeper….
The Beespeaker Project is a site-specific interactive performance in Victoria Park, downtown Regina. Performance-based artist Lori Weidenhammer will channel Madame Doolittle, a time-traveler who uses her scientific knowledge and extra sensory perception to communicate with honeybees….
Yolanda Doolittle was a little-known Edwardian theosophist who developed a unique body of research into an area of science that continues to be a hotly researched topic: honeybee communication. As well as creating a system of notation for a language that combines human phonetics and musical notes with the buzzing and humming sounds of bees, Doolittle developed a number of inventions for communicating with honeybees, including the Auditory Hive and Beespeaker Milinery. “
You can apparently contribute to the project by emailing messages to the beespeaker. Neat!
As far as I can tell, Yolanda Doolittle is a fictional invention–but I’d be interested to hear otherwise.
In case you are interested, there are a whole bunch of “Telling the Bees” sites online: