Date of Award

5-2015

Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts

Department

Mass Communication and Media Arts

First Advisor

Bursell, Cade

Second Advisor

Lewison, Sarah

Third Advisor

Needham, Jay

Abstract

This paper contextualizes my MFA thesis exhibition Honeybee Collectives, exploring the themes of affective interspecies relationships, human community building, expanded cinema, and socially engaged art. Honeybee Collectives is a site-specific multimedia installation about honeybees and communities that includes documentation of my first year as a beekeeper, sculpture, food, and interactive performance. This paper interweaves details about the exhibition with facts about honeybee biology, behavior, and folklore and reflections about my personal background with anti-hierarchical feminist organizing and collaboration.

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