Cultural Capital Mons – Café Europa: BeeHive

BeeHive in the European Capital of Culture

BeeHive is an artistic research experiment for collecting and contextualizing video content from people during live happenings. In the broadest sense it is a cross-media system for crowdsourced video documentation. The term BeeHive serves as the central metaphor: like in a society of bees, registered participants swarm out with their smartphones, capture footage of an event from a multitude of perspectives and return it (to the hive) to be ingested into the collective pool. At the “Café Europa” an interactive table enables the visitors of the European Capital of Culture to select and view videos that they find interesting in terms of topic or place.

The BeeHive project was originally developed for the Ars Electronica Festival 2013 by the Ars Electronica Futurelab together with researchers from the Queensland University of Technology (AU).

BeeHive is a co-production of Ars Electronica and Mons 2015 with the support of the Austrian Cultural Forum in Brussels, the Austrian Ministry of Culture and the Austrian Embassy.

Project Credits: Michael Badics, Laurence Beckers (Mons 2015), Lukas Bischof, Christoph Hofbauer, Martin Honzik, Martina Karrer, Wolf Kühr (Mons 2015), Fadil Kujundžić, Veronika Liebl, Ali Nikrang, Dietmar Peter, Poorya Piroozan, Andrea Rovescalli, Claus Zweythurm

Ars Electronica press release
Bienenstock Mons Website
Café Europa Facebook page

Foto Credits: Café Europa/Mons, Martin Hieslmair, Jefta Hoekendijk