Nós Abelhas
Wee Bees @ Hiperorgânicos – Niterói (RJ) 2015

A new object for project S.H.A.S.T. was conceived in order to allow the public to enter the bee’s environment: the project We Bees. A pool of multidisciplinary collaborators from architecture, computer science and design began to work on the idea in 2015. Since we have several projects being developed at NANO Lab, one of our students Marinah Raposo, from the architectural department, was working with structures based on origami for a dome which would be applied for Telebiosfera and came up with an interesting solution for a flexible structure that could be adapted to the We Bees project. 3D models were designed and cut with laser cutter, at different scales before we decided on the materials and shapes.

Esquema do Objeto MóvelThis is the basic scheme for the system: the origami structure supported by cables; a laser cut hexagon box in plywood for the electronics; an acrylic hexagon box for the plants and flowers.

Data from the hive is sent to the server and then to the computer system inside object. More data is collected from the public’s interaction with the object. All data is combined. Sounds, images and other feedback are activated inside and over the object to create the sensitive environment.



 From the technology of the laser cutter and the 3D virtual modeling, the exercise of making the virtual real and putting your hands on it is essential for the artistic process of creation.


The object is not exactly a wearable, but it is neither an installation. It can be hanged as a beehive in any place as long as it has at least 2.5m from the ceiling. It is supposed to be penetrated. It is movable but not mobile.

As artists involved with Makers ideology, DIY principles and technology innovation, every aspect of the artistic process is of immense value to the project’s success. Actually, we understand that the work is composed of these steps, from the construction of the artistic object that is later integrated to a remote beehive. The piece receives not only the interaction of the public but also from real bees. The concept of a triptych (see schema of S.H.A.S.T.) is reinforced by these three components. The poetic production focuses on aesthetic issues that integrate contemporary art, design, science and technology targeted for a re-invented aesthesis. We are interested in provoking processes of awareness, which are made possible by a phenomenon present in coherent poetic systems. This coherence is nothing other than an innovated sense of composition, which integrated various dimensions in a space-time experience.

The link below  has instructions on how to set up the work:



We Bees proposes a dialog between different universes, between different natures, from the physical point of contact to the trans linguistic interaction through data/information transduction. I believe that from Helio Oiticica’s Penetráveis to Lygia Clark’s sensorial experimentations, not much has been added to experimental art, but the potential of telematics.

Design and realization: Malu Fragoso and staff of NANO
Interaction design: George Rappel and Gabriel Duarte
Data visualization: Barbara Castro
MontagemEquipe NANO: Bruna Mosca, Caroline Aquino, George Rappel, Guto Nȯbrega, Helena Porto, Lara Oliveira, Luiz Léo, Malu Fragoso, Marinah R. Ribeiro, Thais Guerra, Vitor Bruno.
Institutional Support:
Graduate Program in Visual Arts/PPGAV/EBA/UFRJ
School of Fine Arts/EBA
LAMO-Model LaboratoryFAU/UFRJ,
Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico/CNPq
Coordenação de Aperfeiçoamento de Pessoal de Nível Superior/CAPES
Fundação Carlos Chagas Filho de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado do Rio de Janeiro/FAPERJ