For two and a half weeks, german designer and visual researcher Sybille Neumeyer is making research for her project about natural weather indicator systems . She is focusing on bees and clouds during her stay in the Catskill Mountains.
In her work, she uses scientific methods, images, devices and texts as an inspiration for visual experiments and likes to create a base for questions. In the field of theory she focuses on the visual processes in scientific work, science history and science theory. In her current work Sybille is combining the focus on scientifc images/the visual access to knowledge with objects, relations and processes in nature.
During her stay, Sybille met three local beekeepers, discussed with them and watched them working with the bees. Dave Turan, Joe Hewitt & Will. She was fascinated by the different approaches and philosophies each of the beekeepers had about bees. “Talking with them is so inspiring”, she said, ” they share a kind of knowledge which you never could find in a book.” Also, she researched about the structure and architecture of the bee hives and made some tests recording the bees. After her short stay, she leaves Andes Sprouts Residency with a lot of new impressions, recorded material and the basic knowledge for designing a new bee hive.
Artists and our communities: Sybille Neumeyer joined Dr. Michael Kudish on a core sampling mission to Bog #396 on Federal Hill, Andes, NY. The samples collected from the bog were sent to a lab by Kudish for radiocarbon dating and indicated that the 62-inch level, came in at 12230 years. The younger sample, from the 40-inch level, came in at 11765 years. Comments about the core samples from Kudish “Although balsam fir grows in this bog today, none of my samples had any fir fossils. This is not unusual when a fir population is scattered. The upper sample marks the end of open water – the last of the floating aquatic plants, pondweed and water naiad. So the basin had a pond, but there was no silting on top of the glacial till because the watershed feeding the pond is too small to supply a silt load.”