Aladin Borioli (APIAN): Silkscreen Print Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E. (signed - limited edition)
The prints consist of screenprints on original signature prints of the book Hives, 2400 B.C.E. - 1852 C.E.
Screenprinted text: "Before the tool that forces energy outward, we made the tool that brings energy home" by Ursula K. Le Guin, in The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction.
About the book project Hives, 2400 B.C.E. – 1852 C.E.:
Since the birth of the modern beehive in 1852, structural innovation in hive construction has entered a dormant period. By favouring the standardised box hive, beekeeping turns its back on 4,400 years of architectural diversity. This little book focuses on that period of history prior to homogenisation, drawing from as far back as 2400 BCE. By rejecting a fixed narrative, linearity makes way for polymorphism, introducing graphic design, photography and writing to retell the story of beehives. The 375 images offer a glimpse into this proliferous history of architecture for non-humans.
This book is a fragment of an ongoing and open-ended research project titled “Apian” which uses theoretical, iconographic and ethnographic methods to research on the relationship between bees and humans.
The individual prints are signed by Aladin Borioli, and ship wrapped in tissue paper in a cardboard tube.
Title: Hives, 2400 B.C.E. – 1852 C.E.
Publisher: RVB Books, 2022
Author: Aladin Borioli (APIAN), Ellen Lapper, Ursula K. Le Guin (screenprinted text)
Graphic Design: Nicolas Polli
Format: Silver ink screenprint on offset verso recto printing
Size: 72 x 102 cm,
Edition: limited to 100 prints