Text by Ellen Lapper
109 x 154 mm
Since the modern beehive was patented in 1852, the alternative techniques for tending bees prior to this homogenisation have been overlooked. Using an array of archival images, this book uncovers the forgotten history of hive innovation, offering a renewed perspective to challenge conventional narratives and encourage speculation and curiosity.
Apian is a machine for exploring the age-old interspecies relationship from humans to bees and bees to humans. It offers a refuge to encounter this alien species on a more egalitarian basis, mediated by technology and human thoughts. Working outside any institution, Apian is a non-profit bureau, a ministry of bees. It is heuristic, experimental, messy, serious, but above all tries to be honest. This platform is its main online presence, where sketches, ongoing and final pieces are first shown and archived.
About the Artist
Aladin Borioli was born in Switzerland in 1988. After he studied graphic design at the La Chaux-de-Fonds arts school, he gets a Bachelor in photography from the ECAI in 2014. His work has been exhibited in various collective exhibitions.
About the Publisher
RVB Books is both an independent publisher dedicated to designing and printing unique fine arts books and a gallery featuring exhibitions on new editorial practices. RVB Books is based in Paris.