Baroque Beekeeping is whatever those words bring to mind.
It is an attempt to describe what we know exists but don’t have a language for yet.
Defining it is like a snake eating its tail, or, in this case, like an exhibition review in the form of a crown of sonnets (seven interlinking sonnets that follow an abab cdcd efef gg rhyme scheme with each line having ten syllables each and the first line of the first sonnet being the last line of the last sonnet and the last line of each sonnet being the first line of the next sonnet and so on).
Simultaneously and occasionally, Baroque Beekeeping is a mobile platform for video art and film and publication featuring interviews with media artists as well as experimental writing formats about media art. The discussion surrounding these matters seem to either be at the purely academic level or shallowly referenced in text exhibitions. Baroque Beekeeping invites the artists themselves to bring the language to a level that is more open to the public at all levels. Baroque Beekeeping will also explore various artistic approaches including the contrasts due to different cultural contexts as well as the commonalities that are present due to an increasingly globalized art world. The platform aims to initiate reflection on the normative understandings of relating to art in modern society through language. While there will be no theme or ‘open call’ as such, the selected artists in their diverse backgrounds will already be generating a range of reflections on their practice and initiative.
As an immaterial medium that can appear in many formats, video is already an embodiment of a medium that defies borders. Video is also the best medium at instigating empathetic responses, as it is the closest medium to sharing ones unique, subjective experience. By creating a platform where artists from all over the world can discuss their practice there is a possibility of instigating a discourse and therefore context, which brings solutions, starting with the art world.
A presentation given at Hugarflug (Flight of Ideas), Icelandic Art Academy, Reykjavik, February 2018
Initiated in August 2017 by Erin Honeycutt with help from the Icelandic Art Center