The Telling of the Bees
We had a wonderful time taking The Telling of the Bees to Timber Festival this summer. We are now busy working on a film that will tell the full story of the project and hope to share it with you very soon! For now, here’s some beautiful footage of audiences enjoying the piece, with excerpts from our original soundtrack.
The Telling of the Bees was the result of Youth Landscapers Collective collaborating over 18 months with local bee farmer David the Bee Farmer, and a team of artists including Jim Brouwer, Rebecca Lee and Jo wheeler. We used creative multi-media processes explore and research bees and their role in our lives.
The piece includes music generated from the collection of audio recordings we made during the project. They include the tooting of queen bees, a moving swarm of bee sounds, the voices of YLS replicating bees in a hive and the sound of the woodland on the Timber site itself.
The Telling of the Bees is a magical, immersive sound and light experience that draws on the curious myths and extraordinary facts about bee behaviour and the nature of their collective intelligence.
With bee populations in decline, this collaboration between Youth Landscapers, David the Bee Farmer, the Boothorpe Bee colony seeks to connect us more deeply with our native pollinators and share their incredible story at this time of climate emergency.
More from us soon about our forthcoming film!