Bee Time is an art and research collective initiated by Karmit Even-Zur (UK), Jorge Gallardo (ES) y Pol Parrhesia (BG). Our interest lies in creating contexts where people can exchange knowledge and practices relating to natural beekeeping. To do this we hold an annual residential program for artistic research around natural beekeeping, promoting the development of thought processes and creation based on shared questions.By using practices of contemplation and imagination as a way of gaining new perspectives into the world of the honeybee, artists are invited to learn about bees and explore the possibility of creatively engaging with the hives within their landscape. During our time together we aim to introduce to the artists a bee centered approach to beekeeping, and a regenerative approach to the landscape.
Based in Santa Lucia, Vejer de la Frontera, on the Atlantic coast of Southern Andalucia, where we have initiated a learning community with beekeepers interested in providing a space for bees to grow strong colonies, without thinking about exploiting their products. Bee Time residencies take place both in Santa Lucia and internationally, which enables us to build bridges between our local learning community and natural beekeeping processes established in other countries.
We consider artistic work as a tool for inspiring change, creating resonances in the natural and social environment. Our actions relate to a creative (re) learning of the cultural memory, establishing a relationship of permanence and belonging to the environment. The processes generated in the Bee Time artist residencies are used to create conversation within Spanish and European networks for ecological restoration, the promotion of artistic activity in relation to nature in rural contexts, and to the practical development of natural beekeeping.
Bee Time Team
Karmit Even-Zur · Project coordination, group facilitation and beekeeping consultancy
Karmit‘s work focuses on developing sensitivity to living systems in nature – cultivating an awareness of the wild, the unseen, and the conscious aspects of the Earth. She facilitates courses at Earth Speaks and at the International School of Storytelling (UK). Her work history spans diverse experiences, interests and competences from the healing arts, and the arts & crafts world. Her unique skill-set provides a deep perspective for transformational work, and in working with soul searching questions. Her studies encompass human ecology and earth healing modalities as well as energy healing systems and shamanic practices.
For the past 8 years, she has been practicing natural beekeeping, keen to observe the integrity of their nature. In 2015 she planted the seed with natural beekeeping workshops in the area of Vejer de la Frontera which led to the creation of the natural beekeeping learning community, ‘Apijanda’, and the development of Bee Time Artist residencies.
Dr. Jorge Gallardo · Production and content management
Creator and researcher in the field of performing arts. Since 2014, Jorge has collaborated in the management of educational programs at the Water Mills of Santa Lucía (Cadiz), offering an extended vision of ecology. Together with the neighborhood association ‘Pedro Esquivel’ he continues to develop a program of cultural activation with the local community. Within these community action projects, he has joined forces with Karmit Even-Zur and Pol Parrhesia for the organization and management of the Bee Time residencies.
He is mainly interested in the rituality of artistic movements through an extended vision of the theater and performance, to provide an active and collective terrain of sensible growth. In his doctoral research ‘Conscious Epiphany’ he develops ideas about the Art’s capacity to generate spaces in which social groups can appropriate artistic tools, dismantling the ideas of profession and the roles of authorship. This research also addresses the body’s technical capabilities in action that make it possible to transform the gaze, developing a stimulation of the capacities of the being in connection with the environment and its memory. Documentation of his work is available at www.escenicasgallardo.blogspot.com.es
Polina Stoynova aka Pol Parrhesia · Exhibitions, visuals and realization
She immerses herself in the study of deep ecology through natural beekeeping in 2016, when she joins Apijanda and the socio-cultural and educational project of the neighbourhood association Pedro Esquivel de Santa Lucía (Andalusia). Simultaneously together with Karmit Even-Zur and Jorge Gallardo, starts the development of Bee Time Residencies.
Since 2013 she works as a director of photography and image for Spanish filmmaker Ignacio G. Merlo, a collaboration through which she develops her language of visual narration, also applied in communication projects such as graphic and exhibition design, audiovisuals and photoghraphy.
Multidisciplinary creator, Pol is interested in the minimal, sometimes invisible that has the power to transform perception and truth understood as the search for the well-being of all living beings. In between these utopias her works from the last 20 years as an immigrant have revolved around frontier identities, vulnerability, gender. This research with a longing for an intimate relationship has been materialized in the creation of ritual actions, objects and installations in which she likes to expose herself as a living tool for experimentation. Grown up in close relationship with nature and formed in Fine Arts, Graphic design and Audiovisuals (in Bulgaria, France and Spain), her contribution to diverse projects is strongly marked by her ecological, design thinking approach and the aim to connect the differences, transforming ideas into visual and somatic experiences.