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Hacking the Bees

Role: Principal Investigator
Timeline: 1 Apr 2015 – 31 October 2016

Hacking the Bees (or Telling the Bees as we have renamed it) is a 12-month (Feb 2017 – Jan 2018) AHRC connected communities follow on project that builds on outputs from an earlier project (somewhat confusingly also called Telling the Bees). We are engaging with new audiences, bringing drama, design, storytelling and the maker (or hacker) movement together to explore playful, immersive ways to understand global environmental issues and share future visions about bees and beekeeping. Telling the Bees is a collaboration between the universities of York, Sheffield and Lancaster, and between GrowTheatre and York Explore.

Project aims are:

  1. To reconsider the concept of ‘future folklore’ about bees and beekeeping as embodied creative learning experiences by engaging with pupils in inner-city primary schools. We consider ‘future folklore’ as ways to share knowledge through stories with an intention of casting forward, this might include films, artefacts, written stories, or performances).
  2. To experiment with creative ways to secure a sustainable legacy for co-produced project outputs. For instance, we are exploring avenues for commercialising our Beespoon from the first Telling the Bees project.
  3. To share and gather knowledge and stories across communities about the global significance and challenges facing pollinators and the honey bee.

Read more: www.tellingthebees.buzz
Funded by: Arts & Humanities Research Council (£98K FEC)