Nectar Well


Sugar water, pig nipple, water bottle, drip tray, galvanized steel, storage rack, Nectar Well bottles supply.
The work was a part of the exhibition Burnout by Emilia BergmarkKunsthal 44Moen, Denmark

Nectar Well is an ambiguous juxtaposition of industrial farming and the iconic office water cooler. The work invites visitors to take a sip of sugar water, the same sugar water that honeybees are given in the honey industry in exchange of their honey.

Burnout is an absurdist-comical sound installation, a dialogue between a burned-out worker bee from the Danish honey industry and a male bumblebee from Sweden. In a heated monologue, the worker bee describes the pressure involved in keeping up with a high-speed working life, which has resulted in burnout.

After she is interrupted in her speech by a rowdy Swedish bumblebee, disagreements commence.
The text touches on topics such as the industrialization of agriculture and the mysterious world wide bee death. 
For full dialogue and exhibition installation visit Emilia Bergmark, it is worth the click.

The two Two collaborative works were conceived during the working process.

Sweet Deal

A4 paper, UV pen, performance during the opening of the exhibition 22nd June.

Conceived as a collaboration between Emilia Bergmark and Maria Gondek with the help of Judith Kleinemeier Sweet Deal is an art work in two parts. The first part is a note with a job offer written in UV marker in bee-dance notation. Translated to English below.

They honey meade is kindly supplied by Rytzebækgaard

The second part of the work is a performance during the opening of the exhibition. Judith Kleinemeier plays the role of a solitary bee from Germany that has immigrated to Denmark with dreams of a better life and work. The bee has ended up on Møn, where she has landed a temp job in marketing, serving samples of honey mead at an art opening. The bee performs her job with lacking enthusiasm.

One Time Use

Galvanised steel pipe and fitting, plastic cups, vinyl.
Plastic cup dispenser, plastic cups disposal.

A collaboration between the two artists consisting of a plastic cup dispenser, and a plastic cup disposal, the work presents the problem of a culture of disposable goods. It prompts visitors to perform the act of transforming a disposable cup from an object of use to an object of waste in a matter of seconds.

A plastic cup is made of carbon derived from oil. Raw oil is fossilised organic material that has undergone thermal degradation under pressure over hundreds of millions of years. The use time for the plastic cup is between 10 and 2 minutes. A plastic cub takes 450 years to decompose.