Meet the artists – October 2018 residency

Welcoming the new residents who will join us between the 14th – 28th October for the Bee Time Residency in Santa Lucia. This residency has been funded by the North West Consortium Doctoral Training Partnership and has selected four Ph.D. students who are joining us to further their practice-based research within their doctoral work. Here is a brief introduction of their research lines,

Fatema Abdoolcarim
Univ. Of Manchester, Centre for New Writing / Ph.D in Creative Writing.

‘Over the past seven years, since my first encounter with honeybees, my visual work in video and photography has explored the image, sensation, and sound of honeybees as a metaphor to examine ideas of origin, community, agency, and the passing of stories and tradition through the generations of women. I have focused on the hive and the sensations it elicits as a way to examine tensions between sweetness and sting, frenzy and meditation, nature and culture, collective and individual, and fear and surrender.

During the residency, my focus will be writing about the honeybee hive as metaphor for both a collective identity and as a visual metaphor for the ‘divine’, especially as it aesthetically reflects the use of the gold-leaf aureoles typically rendered in Islamic miniature painting to depict a divine or holy figure. In my critical essay, I bring in related contemporary artworks into my analysis of the miniature painting to further explore themes of desire, female agency, tradition and origin.’

I Feel As If She May Be Vanishing from Fatema Abdoolcarim on Vimeo.


Rosamund Portus
Univ. of York, Dept. of Theatre, Film and Television

Rosamund’s thesis is titled: Extinction Studies: Imagining a World without Bees and explores the variety of ways that people are using creative practices to narrate, communicate about, engage with, respond to and resist the decline of bees. She hopes to further understand the role of art and creativity in responding to issues of extinction and environmental instability. During the residency, she hopes to further her exploration on ‘How is the decline of bee populations prompting creative practice and to what extent are these creative practices shaping bees’ futures?’

As well as doing interviews and looking at case studies, she has been increasingly drawn towards the possibility of using her own artistic practice as a research tool and will be engaging in creative non-fiction writing during the residency.


Sabina Salis
Newcastle Univ. School of Arts and Culture, Ph.D. in Fine Arts

Sabina’s thesis, Aesthetics of Sustainability: What impact can a critical multi-media arts practice have on our visions for a sustainable future? Takes her on a wide and diverse exploration in a variety of media involving socially engaged practices, both in everyday life and the gallery. She is interested in seeing how these two translate into one another.

My research seeks to contribute to an emerging field examining what the aesthetics of sustainability might look like and how this can impact upon collective visions for a sustainable future. I explore this through experiential, embodied encounters with landscapes, and sustainable agriculture locally and globally. I engage with forest gardens, permaculture, nature and heritage agriculture, rainforest, multiple relevant knowledges and methodologies.’

Detail from Basic Premises for the 'Source of Resilience' - Sabina Salis 2015
Detail from Basic Premises for the ‘Source of Resilience’ – Sabina Salis 2015


Tyler Lewis
Univ. of Aberdeen, Dept. of Sonic Art.

Tyler’s Thesis Courteous Anthrophony: Finding Our Niche in Nature. ‘My work as a PhD researcher and sound artist is rooted in the exploration of various natural soundscapes. More specifically, I’m interested in the complex relationship between human-generated sounds (anthrophony) and the natural sounds produced by wildlife and the earth itself (biophony and geophony, respectively). Through electroacoustic composition and sound installation, my working materials are audio field recordings made in sonic environments usually found in remote, rural, or exotic places. For example, in the past few years I’ve recorded soundscapes of western India, Death Valley National Park in the United States, uninhabited islands dotting the Scottish coasts, and currently I’m in Murcia taking in the unique sounds of the arid landscape showing signs of desertification.’

Tyler’s intention during the residency is to explore the rich sound world of honey bees; the sound of a wild colony or natural environments in the vicinity of the Bee Time residency in contrast with sounds made in more domestic environments to create a sonic ‘image’ of where we are based. He is interested in recording how humans relate to animals, processes relating to beekeeping and interviews with beekeepers who they can tell him if they can ‘read’ the state of the bees according to their sounds.

Bee Time Artist Residency #5, Autumn 2018 Santa Lucía
Bee Time Artist Residency #5, Autumn 2018 Santa Lucía


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