Aladin Borioli: Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E., Exhibition Talk & Book Signing

6:30pm, Thu 09 Jun 2022

Artist Aladin Borioli is talking about his book project Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E., and the exhibition Apian, of which the book is a significant part of, in the TPG Cafe.

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Aladin Borioli: Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E., Exhibition Talk & Book Signing

6:30pm, Thu 09 Jun 2022

Artist Aladin Borioli is talking about his book project Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E., and the exhibition Apian, of which the book is a significant part of, in the TPG Cafe.

This event is part of our Past Programme

Aladin will be in conversation with Ellen Lapper, his research collaborator on the Hives project, and Arieh Frosh, co-curator of the exhibition Apian.

The book is a fragment of an ongoing and open-ended research project titled “Apian” which uses theoretical, iconographic and ethnographic methods to research on the relationship between bees and humans.

Since the birth of the modern beehive in 1852, structural innovation in hive construction has entered a dormant period. By favouring the standardised box hive, beekeeping turns its back on 4,400 years of architectural diversity. This little book focuses on that period of history prior to homogenisation, drawing from as far back as 2400 BCE. By rejecting a fixed narrative, linearity makes way for polymorphism, introducing graphic design, photography and writing to retell the story of beehives. The 375 images offer a glimpse into this proliferous history of architecture for non-humans.

Aladin is signing copies of the book on the night, in addition to this we'll also sell copies of Hiss, and very few limited edition Hives posters!