Dr. Trish Adams

Artist & Arts Researcher


The video: “a space to cross” has been created using documentary footage of aggressive honey bee responses. Contrary to the honeybees’ usual regulated and purposeful community behaviours, in this video the honeybees exhibit frenetic, hectic desperation.

This artwork aims to consider both the endangered status of the European honeybee and behavioural parallels between the honey bee responses and that of city dwellers, as they scurry through the contemporary urban jungle. 


  • Make sure you have a QR Code reader installed on your iPhone or iPad
  • If not, a free app can be found here
  • Scan the adjacent Urban Swarming QR Code
  • The video should then download onto your ‘smart’ device
  • Make sure you are wearing your headphones
  • Stand in a place where people are hurrying around you
  • Watch and listen to the video
  • If you would like to join the on-line community about this artwork please scroll down and leave your comment below.
  • For a further extension go to the park or some other quiet place and watch the video again to see if the experience felt different



Original cinematography: Dr. Nikolai Leibsch, Visual & Sensory Neuroscience Group, Queensland Brain Institute, U.Q.

Soundtrack: Roundhouse Creative

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