If Bees are Few… – out of print

Doris Denekamp and Jimini Hignett


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  • Kunstvereniging Diepenheim
  • 2014
  • 21.2 × 15 × 1.2 cm

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.


Authors: Simon Ings, Doris Denekamp and Jimini Hignett
Design: Anna Haas
Dutch and English

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