Kath Fries – Sun-compass Exhibition

Sun-compass is an installation reflecting my research into bee navigation. Using beeswax, twigs and thread, this installation traces the path of a waggle dance – performed by worker bees to communicate the direction and distance of pollinating flowers in relation to the position of the sun. This tiny insect dance resonates with larger narratives about the complex relationships between bees and their understandings of and interconnections with the world outside their hive. From a human perspective Sun-compass┬áconsiders how we are undermining our fragile relationships with bees, despite their integral connection to our very survival (Kath Fries).

The exhibition is part of Culture at Work’s Accelerator Art Science Residency program 2013. Residencies are focussed on art and science and include a research exhibition at the end of the residency.