The Other Side / L'autre côté

June 19, 2019, 17:00, Geneva, Rue des Rois

Noting these tokens and examples some have said that a share of divine intelligence is in bees, and a draught of aether…

Virgil. Georgics, Book IV, AD 29

Utopiana is pleased to invite you to the opening of “The Other Side”/ “L’Autre côté”, a project by Finnish artist Ulla Taipale. The event will take place at the Cimetière des Rois (rue des Rois 10), on Wednesday, June 19th 2019 at 5pm.
Curator : Anna Barseghian

The Other Side
L´Autre côte

Our curiosity and our need to understand other forms of intelligence have brought about, among other interests, the study of the life of bees in different centuries and cultures. There is a striking number of thinkers who have shown an interest in the ingenuity and the extraordinary capacities of bees. Since ancient times, these insects have also been associated with immortality and the ability to communicate across parallel worlds.

The Other Side is an auditory space, where the audience can listen to fragments of bee related texts by eight authors via Arilyn smartphone application. Among the selected texts, one will recognise Jorge Luis Borges, whose remains rest at this cemetery.

Listening to the writings encourages one to understand that the bees are embedded in our natural environments, lifecycles and cultures so profoundly but in such subtle ways, that their significance is often being ignored, until they recently started vanishing from our lives.

The Swiss edition of the project is dedicated to the extraordinary naturalist François Huber, who was born in Geneva in 1750. In spite being blind, he made groundbreaking discoveries regarding the magical and mysterious life of the bee.

The earlier editions of “The Other Side” have been presented in Helsinki in 2016 as a part of Melliferopolis Fest. In 2018 it was commissioned by the Fundació Joan Miró for the Beehave exhibition in Barcelona.

“The Other Side” is part of “Les 1000 Écologies / The 1000 Ecologies” by Utopiana at Le Commun between September 9th and October 10th, 2019.
Address: Rue des Rois 10, 1204 Geneva
Exhibition dates: from June 20th to October 11th (The Cemetery is open daily from 7.30am to 7pm)

With the support of :
Office de la Culture et du Sport (Canton of Geneva); Fonds municipal d’art contemporain (City of Geneva); Service des pompes funèbres, cimetières et crématoire (City of Geneva); the village of Presinge, Frame Finland; Activités culturelles de l’Université de Genève; Chambre de l'économie sociale et solidaire – Après-GE; Melliferopolis; ArtSchema.

With special thanks to :
Barbara Baker, Pierluigi Barberis, Monica Bello, Marc Dusseiller, Simona Ferrar, Anna Iatsenko, Andrés Marín Jarque, Emilia Esteban Langstaff, Ueli Leuenberger, Kirill Lorech, Kira O’Reilly, Alexandre Papaloïzos, Anne Pitteloud, Sophie Sandoz, Claire Silbercher, Guy Schneider, Mikko Viskari, Marie Van Berchem.

* Before arriving at the Cemetary, and in order to visit the installation, please download Arilyn (a free application that can be used on your smartphone or another device and which you can find on App Store or Google Play)