[NetBehaviour] Cross-Pollinating (Beehive Collective)

marc marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Wed May 25 12:22:41 CEST 2005


Members of the Beehive Collective talk about the the time and effort it 
takes to make large-scale political graphics with the help of local 
communities in Latin America. Bzzzz.

Spiders growing native corn and saving the seeds to avoid growing 
genetically modified varieties, native birds shredding power lines meant 
for Big Business, bees getting kicked off land owned by the World Bank, 
and tadpoles running a community radio station. These are just a few of 
the images you'll see in the new educational graphic, Mesoamerica 
Resiste. The graphic is the product of several years of work by the 
Maine-based Beehive Collective.

The collective hopes to distribute half of their anti-copyright posters 
to groups in Mesoamerica, where they spent many months working with 
people who would be affected by Plan Puebla Panama*, a trade agreement 
that activists worry will strip much of Latin America of its natural 
resources. Recently, several collective members (referring to themselves 
as "the pollinators") sat down to tell WireTap about their humble 
origins, the challenges they've encountered, and their hopes to take 
what they call the "complex, overwhelming realities of our time" and 
make them accessible and engaging.

A Wiretap interview.


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