If Bees are Few... (publication)
a collaboration with Jimini Hignett


If Bees are Few... - this quote of the American poet Emily Dickinson forms the starting point of the publication. What will happen if bees are few? The first part of the book consists of a series of images which reflects on the ancient relationship between man and bee, but the bee itself has disappeared from this archive. The core of the book is a story written by the British science and fiction writer Simon Ings, inspired by the collected images. He describes a society in which people are forced to adjust and start to resemble bees in unexpected ways. The cover of the book is made from seedpaper. If you plant the book, it will grow into a garden.


If Bees are Few..., is part of the long term exhibition The Non-Urban Garden - gardens of the 21st century by Kunstvereniging Diepenheim. Upon the request to design a non-urban garden, Doris Denekamp and Jimini Hignett took the alarming decline of honey bees as their starting point. They see the bee as a prerequisite for any garden. Next to the publication, the project also resulted in a work in public space.


Concept: Doris Denekamp and Jimini Hignett
Authors: Simon Ings, Doris Denekamp and Jimini Hignett
Desing: Anna Haas
Commissioned by: Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
Edition: 600
Language: Dutch and English
Price: €18 (ex. shipping costs)


To order a publication, please send an email to dorisdenekamp@gmail.com


Leafing through If Bees are Few... | 6:54 min.