Exposition

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 the finish 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” is an aural space created by Ulla Taipale who chose to install her work at the Cimetière des Rois (The Kings’ Cemetery). During the summer months of 2019, and with the help of a smartphone application*, the visitors of the Cemetery will be guided along by the texts of well-known authors from different countries and centuries. Among them, one will recognize Jorge Luis Borges, whose remains rest at the Cimetière des Rois.


Throughout centuries and cultures, human curiosity and the need to understand other forms of intelligence, have led us to study a large variety of beings, including bees. Since Antiquity, these insects were associated with immortality and were thought to possess the ability to travel between the worlds of the living and the dead.


The excerpts from the selected texts help us understand that bees have so profoundly, yet subtly, become part of our natural environments, our life cycles, and our cultures, that we often ignore their discrete significance, until they, just as quietly, disappear from our lives.
This third edition of “The Other Side” is dedicated to the extraordinary naturalist François Huber, born in Geneva in 1750. Despite being completely blind, Hubert’s revolutionary discoveries shed their light on the mysterious and magical life of bees.


“The Other Side” was initially presented in Helsinki in 2016. It was also commissioned by the Fundació Joan Miró in the context of an exhibition entitled Beehave that took place in Barcelona in 2018.
“The Other Side” is part of a larger vent entitled “Les 1000 Écologies / The 1000 Ecologies” organised by Utopiana at Le Commun between September 9th and October 10th, 2019.


Address : Rue des Rois 10, 1204 Geneva
Exhibition dates : from June 20 th to October 11th (The Cemetery is open daily from 7.30am to 7pm)


“The Other Side” receives 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)

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