In 2017 I discovered a living bee colony located in the Natural History Museum of Basel. Considering the increasing disappearance of honeybees in recent years it was strange to see the living bees in the middle of the stuffed and partially extinct creatures. That experience became the key to develop "Kreatur".
Within the last 30 years, the stock of honey bees and other pollinators in Germany has fallen by 75%, while at the same time the sales of pesticides has risen substantially. Among all pollinators the bee plays the largest ecological role because about 80% of all native flowers are pollinated by the Western Honeybee.
For several years, there have been periodic mass death events of bee colonies in winter. The so-called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) describes the sudden absence of all bees of a hive, leaving the brood. There are no dead bees in the immediate vicinity of the canes, and no previous signs of illness were discernible. The causes are still unclear. In the United States about 80% of the bee colonies fell victim to the mysterious mass extinction in the 2006/2007. In Germany, the loss was lower, but also significant. In many large European city centers one finds meanwhile more colonized bees. Often in prominent places like the Natural History Museum in Basel.
Kreatur is an abstract reflection on the disappearance of honeybees and serves to contemplate an increasingly disturbing reality.