Bricolage Presents::The BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE:: Ethnic Cultural Center on FRIDAY

11 Mar

The BEEHIVE COLLECTIVE is coming to UW Seattle!

Friday March 13, 2009, from 5-7pm
Ethnic Cultural Center @ 3931 Brooklyn Ave NE

In eager anticipation of the new life spring promises the Beehive Collective is coming to
UW Seattle to present their new graphic campaign, The TRUE COST OF COAL.

We’d love to see you there! March 13, 5-7pm, with snacks to keep our energy up till

The Beehive’s newest graphic – the TRUE COST OF COAL (in the works, nearly complete!) –
uses mountaintop removal in Appalachia as a lens through which to understand the historical and contemporary story of ENERGY, RESOURCE EXTRACTION, and of AMERICAN EMPIRE accelerating throughout the world. It seeks to expose the DECEPTIONS of CLEAN COAL technologies and bring to light the ensuing CLIMATE CHAOS facing the world today. This graphic also looks to the future, raising questions about RESISTANCE, REGENERATION, and
REMEDIATION while celebrating stories of struggle from mountain communities. (More info at

The Beehive Design Collective- a non-profit, volunteer driven, political arts organization based in eastern Maine is headed this way. The group’s mission is to “cross pollinate the grassroots” through the creation of images as an effective medium for deconstructing and educating the public about complex geopolitical issues.

Most interesting is their methodology. The bees create collaborative, hand-illustrated posters of dizzying intricacy which are patchwork “quilts” of personal stories related to them in their travels. Before setting pen to paper, the hive does extensive touring and field research. Interviewing community members about the effects of
globalization on their situation is a crucial component of the collective’s investigative process. “We feel it’s extremely important to gather our information from as close to the source as possible,” an anonymous worker bee says.

The Collective uses narrative imagery to weave a Graphic Trilogy focused on corporate globalization in the Americas. With giant portable murals the Bees take audiences on an interactive VISUAL tour of the connections between COLONIZATION, MILITARIZATION, and RESOURCE EXTRACTION. With a gigantic portable mural-in-process teeming with intricate images of plants and animals from the most bio-diverse temperate forest on the planet, the Bees will share (and seek) stories of how coal mining and Mountaintop Removal affect
communities and ecosystems throughout Appalachia and beyond.


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