Be

2013

Antonia Wright, Be, 2013
Antonia Wright, Be, 2013
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Be

Single Channel Video
2 minutes, 49 seconds, loop
2013

To prepare for the Be, I had to learn tai chi and develop a deep meditation practice, ultimately traveling to India to receive instruction at an ashram and learn about mystics. After two years of training, I only had 20 minutes with the bees on my body to capture the video. I remember thinking how much heat they produced when all 15,000 were on me, which is why they say a colony acts as a single superorganism. Beekeepers often told me, if you don’t harm them, they won’t harm you and the performance speaks to the idea of being capable of violence, but the ability to remain peaceful in the face of danger.