The Human Pollination Project

What if humans had to assume the pollination responsibilites of honeybees?

 
 
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Why are honeybees important?

Honeybees provide pollination for over 90 crops or one third of our food supply. Their pollination services are worth an estimated 15 billion dollars per year. Since 2006, honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing. This phenomenon is known as colony collapse disorder. 

 


What if humans could pollinate like honeybees?

To draw attention to the human reliance on honeybee pollination, I created satirical objects in the form of hand pollination toolkits, designed to be worn as a functional fashion accessories.

By adorning one’s self with a hand pollination tool kit the wearer would find themselves in an uncomfortable and overwhelming position; forcing them to imagine assuming the vast and tedious pollination responsibilities of the honeybee. 

The tool kits are intended to provoke questions about the social and environmental implications of colony collapse disorder.

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Exhibitions

This project is part of the Human+ exhibition currently on view at Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome (2018). It has also been shown at at ArtScience Museum in Singapore (2017), CCCB in Barcelona (2015), and at Science Gallery in Dublin (2011).