Bee Society: A Global Touring Sound Installation

by Progeny
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Starting the Hive
Starting the Hive

As part of our commitment to GlobalGiving it is a requirement to send updates once every 90 days.  We promised in our last report to detail information about the most recent exhibition that took place at University College Florida (UCF) from Jul 22, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016. Some significant developments were undertaken on both the exhibition and education program.

We were able to use a portion of the funding that we had secured through the GlobalGiving platform to buy 9 mogees microphones (one for each corridor).  Mogees are gestural contact microphones, where gestures such as scratches, taps, strikes, or hits can be assigned to trigger audio samples.  This made the installation even more dynamic in installation mode and provided an opportunity for a number of unique performances.

A live installation, curatorial panel discussion, bee society forum, artist talk, two planned performances alongside one impromptu performance all formed part of the Progeny exhibition and cultural educational program.  We believe the program provided rich and varied opportunities for people to interact with the installation and to learn more about community interaction and the environment.  Over eleven volunteers and five employees helped to install the work.   The program ran as follows:

LIVE INSTALLATION WITH THE ARTISTS  | July 13, 2016 – July 29th, 2016

EXHIBITION | Jul 29th, 2016 - Aug 26, 2016.

BEE SOCIETY FORUM  | August 24th 2:00-4:00pm
Doug McGinnis talks about how flowers taught bees to be vegetarian, functions of bee society and the super organism.

ARTIST TALK  | August 25th 4:00-5:00pm

CLOSING RECEPTION | 5:00-7:00pm

EVERY ROOM HAS A SOUND  | August 26th5:00-7:00pm 2016
A discussion on sound, architecture and interdisciplinary collaboration with special guests Colin Ripley, Thad Anderson, Allen Waters and Yulia Tikhonova.

FOUR4 – IN THE HIVE  | August 26th 7:00-8:30pm 2016
UCF Percussion presents a 74 minute performance of John Cage’s Four4 (1991) performed within the Progeny Installation.

PERFORMANCE: TAP DANCE FROM SOUTH BEACH ACADEMY | August 27th 3:00pm – 5:00pm 2016

PERFORMANCE: A CAPPELLA FROM KEY HARMONY | August 30th 3:00pm – 5:00pm 2016

Moving forwards

  • A particular highlight of the exhibition was the performance of John Cage’s Four4 (1991). We are currently working with a filmmaker to produce documentation for this.
  • We have submitted a funding bid with the Graham Foundation (based in Chicago).  If successful, we would look to do a third exhibition and education program in 2017

We are both grateful for the support each donor has given to our project, enabling us to produce the work and to undertake two exhibitions.  We are also very appreciative to those who continue to contribute regularly.   We believe our unique sound installation is an inspiring space for public interaction, artistic collaboration and education.  We would be very grateful if you can let others know about our work and/or if you are able to contribute in any way.

Thank you for your continued support.

We wish you our very best,

Luke and Bryce

 
The Progeny Project

Progeny is an indoor interactive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth beehive. The artists/curators have figuratively become beekeepers, transporting the structure measuring 24 x 24 x 9 ft on a flatbed truck. Through public engagement, performance and collaboration an opportunity is presented for an audience to evolve, learn, adapt and interact.

The project is the result of three years of research and partnership, working in concert with the agricultural community, structural engineers and sound experts.

Progeny is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’ x 8’ frames, including walls and flooring. Ten independent walls create nine narrow corridors 24 ft in length.  The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.  The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling. 32 contact microphones and 9 intelligent microphones under the flooring of the structure pick up the vibrations of people’s footsteps.  These, alongside 16 microphones within the walls, transmit sound to 36 speakers throughout the installation.

Emulating the systematic migratory procession beekeepers undertake carrying up to 400 hives on flatbed trucks to temporary locations, this travelling time-based work explores the point at which an artwork is ready for the viewer.  Progeny’s journey from one location to another is as much part of the work as when it is assembled for public exhibition. It is neither stationary in its physical or intellectual state, constantly evolving through travel and through the communities it interacts with. This journey is documented by film and online media and forms part of future exhibitions.

In location, Progeny becomes an instrument or a platform for public interaction and artistic collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the audience to experience and engage with the work.

The project includes an education program that encourages children and adults to care for our natural environment, and which also explores the theme of community by using bee society as a comparative model.

Installation at UCF
Installation at UCF
Construction Time Lapse
Construction Time Lapse
John Cage Four4 Performance - UCF Percussion
John Cage Four4 Performance - UCF Percussion
Artist Talk
Artist Talk
Closing Reception
Closing Reception

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Switched on!
Switched on!

As part of our membership to GlobalGiving we are required to send out a message to previous donors every three months.  This is a quick message to let you know that we will be sending you a report in the near future.  The report will give information about our most recent exhibition in August/September which took place at University College Florida.

The exhibition and accompanying educational program were a great success! Once we have compliled photographs, videos and audio we will be sure to send you a summary.  In the mean time you can keep up with latest developments at https://www.facebook.com/progenyproject/

We are most grateful for your support.

Our best,

Luke and Bryce.

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Mooges
Mooges

Global Giving Report, May 2016

Our May report!

 

We are looking forward to the upcoming exhibition, taking place at University College Florida (UCF) running from August 1st until September 2nd, 2016.   Once the Opening Date has been finalized, we will send out a “Save the Date”.

As outlined in our previous report, we have been focusing our energy on establishing potential performance(s) to take place at the opening (or other occasions during the exhibition). 

As part of this effort, we are keen to collaborate with different departments at UCF. This approach supports our desire for the Progeny Installation to have educational benefits for those that interact with it.

We have established contact with the UCF music department to work on a potential collaboration. Students will learn how to use some new and exciting contact microphone technology that we are installing inside Progeny called Mogees.  Mogees are gestural contact microphones, meaning that gestures such as scratches, taps, strikes, or hits can be assigned to trigger audio samples. There is a link at the end of this report if you are interested in learning more about this technology.

We are interested in exploring how students will use this technology to create a performance within the Progeny installation.  We will be keen to understand the different possibilities this new technology brings to Progeny, both as an installation and for future performances.

We are also working with the UCF department of architecture.  The students will be learning about the construction of Progeny, environmental considerations for creating new buildings, learning about how to develop strong conceptual ideas when designing a piece of architecture and helping with the installation of Progeny.

In June, we plan to undertake a new fundraiser to generate funds towards the upcoming Progeny Exhibition taking place at UCF.

In our quest to find additional venues for the Progeny Installation, we have been in regular contact with Anastasia Cole Plakias, co founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm and one of the producers of Honey Fest. We are exploring the possibility of the Progeny exhibition, taking place in New York during the week of Honey fest, a weeklong, citywide festival celebrating the honeybee.

We are both grateful for the support each donor has given to our project, enabling us to produce the work and to undertake the first exhibition and program of education and events at Atlantic Centre for the Arts.  We are also very grateful to those who continue to contribute regularly.   All funds invested into Progeny have gone towards developing Progeny. 

We believe our unique sound installation is an inspiring space for public interaction, artistic collaboration and education.

We would be very grateful if you can let others know about our work and/or if you are able to contribute in any way.

Thank you for your continued support.

 

We wish you our very best,

Luke and Bryce

 

 

The Progeny Project

Progeny is an indoor interactive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth beehive. The artists/curators have figuratively become beekeepers, transporting the structure measuring 24 x 24 x 9 ft on a flatbed truck. Through public engagement, performance and collaboration an opportunity is presented for an audience to evolve, learn, adapt and interact.

The project is the result of three years of research and partnership, working in concert with the agricultural community, structural engineers and sound experts.

Progeny is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’ x 8’ frames, including walls and flooring. Ten independent walls create nine narrow corridors 24 ft in length.  The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.  The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling. 32 contact microphones under the flooring of the structure pick up the vibrations of people’s footsteps.  These, alongside 16 microphones within the walls, transmit sound to 36 speakers throughout the installation.

Emulating the systematic migratory procession beekeepers undertake carrying up to 400 hives on flatbed trucks to temporary locations, this travelling time-based work explores the point at which an artwork is ready for the viewer.  Progeny’s journey from one location to another is as much part of the work as when it is assembled for public exhibition. It is neither stationary in its physical or intellectual state, constantly evolving through travel and through the communities it interacts with. This journey is documented by film and online media and forms part of future exhibitions.

In location, Progeny becomes an instrument or a platform for public interaction and artistic collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the audience to experience and engage with the work.

The project includes an education program that encourages children and adults to care for our natural environment, and which also explores the theme of community by using bee society as a comparative model.

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Progeny Exhibition at UCF
Progeny Exhibition at UCF

We are thrilled to confirm that Progeny has been invited for its next solo exhibition at University College Florida (UCF). The exhibition will run from August 1st until September 2nd, 2016.

Once again, thank you for your support in helping to make this next step a reality.

We continue to work hard on developing the project further, including:

  • Looking for approapriate performances in both music and dance that interact with the Progeny Installation
  • Eploring the possibility of giving students of architecture at UCF an opportunity to be involved in the construction stages
  • Researching exciting technology that we are planning to use for this next exhibition. We will give more information about this in our next mail out!
  • Continuing our search for a space in New York for the next exhibition. We are in early discussions with one venue.

We are both grateful for the support each donor has given to our project, enabling us to produce the work and to undertake the first exhibition and program of education and events at Atlantic Centre for the Arts.  

We anticipate creating a fundraiser within the coming months, to help with the costs of this next show and for future costs relating to a show in New York. If you know of appropriate venues in New York, or, if you are able to contribute towards the project or to let others know about our work, we would be very grateful.  

We believe our unique sound installation is an inspiring space for public interaction, artistic collaboration and education.

Thank you for your continued support.

We wish you our very best,

Luke and Bryce

 

 

The Progeny Project

Progeny is an indoor interactive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth beehive. The artists/curators have figuratively become beekeepers, transporting the structure measuring 24 x 24 x 9 ft on a flatbed truck. Through public engagement, performance and collaboration an opportunity is presented for an audience to evolve, learn, adapt and interact.

The project is the result of three years of research and partnership, working in concert with the agricultural community, structural engineers and sound experts.

Progeny is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’ x 8’ frames, including walls and flooring. Ten independent walls create nine narrow corridors 24 ft in length.  The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.  The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling. 32 contact microphones under the flooring of the structure pick up the vibrations of people’s footsteps.  These, alongside 16 microphones within the walls, transmit sound to 36 speakers throughout the installation.

Emulating the systematic migratory procession beekeepers undertake carrying up to 400 hives on flatbed trucks to temporary locations, this travelling time-based work explores the point at which an artwork is ready for the viewer.  Progeny’s journey from one location to another is as much part of the work as when it is assembled for public exhibition. It is neither stationary in its physical or intellectual state, constantly evolving through travel and through the communities it interacts with. This journey is documented by film and online media and forms part of future exhibitions.

In location, Progeny becomes an instrument or a platform for public interaction and artistic collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the audience to experience and engage with the work.

The project includes an education program that encourages children and adults to care for our natural environment, and which also explores the theme of community by using bee society as a comparative model.

Links:

Bryce moving Progeny out of Storage Facility!
Bryce moving Progeny out of Storage Facility!

We are pleased to announce that we are in the final stages of discussions with University College Florida (UCF) for the Progeny Sound Installation to be installed in the UCF Art Gallery for a period of 2-3 months in Summer of 2016.

Thank you to everyone for helping take The Progeny Project to the next level!

In September, Bryce and I were able to meet again in Florida to work on updating our information pack, which now details exactly how to install and transport the work. We were also able to inventory the long list of materials and equipment needed for future exhibitions. We also made some positive contacts in New York with a view to exhibiting in New York following the prospective show at UCF.

We would like to especially thank Roy Hester for his considerable and most generous support in storing the installation for 2 years in his furniture storage facility. We have now moved the installation out from this facility.

We are still aiming to take Progeny to another US State in 2016. We believe our unique Sound Installation is an inspiring space for public interaction and artistic collaboration. Through our education programs, it is our goal to spark dialogue around the themes of our project; the community and our environment. 

We are both grateful for the support all donors have given to our project which enabled us to produce the work and to undertake the first exhibition and program of education and events.  

If you are able to contribute towards the project or to let others know about our work we would be very grateful.  Thank you for your continued support.

 

We wish you our very best,

 

Luke and Bryce

 

  

The Progeny Project

Progeny is an indoor interactive architectural sound installation modeled after a Langstroth beehive. The artists/curators have figuratively become beekeepers, transporting the structure measuring 24 x 24 x 9 ft on a flatbed truck. Through public engagement, performance and collaboration an opportunity is presented for an audience to evolve, learn, adapt and interact.

The project is the result of three years of research and partnership, working in concert with the agricultural community, structural engineers and sound experts.

Progeny is designed whereby every unit is constructed using 4’ x 8’ frames, including walls and flooring. Ten independent walls create nine narrow corridors 24 ft in length.  The narrow width of each corridor compels close public interaction.  The space above the walls is designed without a joining ceiling. 32 contact microphones under the flooring of the structure pick up the vibrations of people’s footsteps.  These, alongside 16 microphones within the walls, transmit sound to 36 speakers throughout the installation.

Emulating the systematic migratory procession beekeepers undertake carrying up to 400 hives on flatbed trucks to temporary locations, this travelling time-based work explores the point at which an artwork is ready for the viewer.  Progeny’s journey from one location to another is as much part of the work as when it is assembled for public exhibition. It is neither stationary in its physical or intellectual state, constantly evolving through travel and through the communities it interacts with. This journey is documented by film and online media and forms part of future exhibitions.

In location, Progeny becomes an instrument or a platform for public interaction and artistic collaboration, providing unique opportunities for the audience to experience and engage with the work.

The project includes an education program that encourages children and adults to care for our natural environment, and which also explores the theme of community by using bee society as a comparative model.

Links:

 

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Progeny

Location: New Smyrna Beach, FL - USA
Website: http:/​/​www.progenyproject.com
Project Leader:
Luke Clark
New Smyrna Beach, FL United States
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