[NetBehaviour] Cross-Pollinating (Beehive Collective)
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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