Anthropocene is a part of video trilogy - History of Impossible Destiny - which focuses on the fate of the species UN declared the most important for the survival of Earth - the honey bee (Apis mellifera). By documenting beekeeping activities Makela reveals how intrinsically anthropocentric our attitudes are, and how this affects the process of subjucating the honey bee into a condition of exploitable natural resource. Thru a sensitive, intimate and prolonged observation Makela discovers surprising behavior inside and outside the hive, which she offers as a set of dialogues that bring humor, poetry, reflection and an insight into the fantastic dimension of this species.

The artist spent three years as a beekeeper, documenting her experiences with an I- Phone. She researched the history of European beekeeping and visited bee centers in Finland, Germany, Slovenia, Poland and Lithuania. She also wrote a historical treatise of the importation of honey bee in Finland. Her theoretical framework is critical animal studies.

  • Mia Makela
  • Mia Makela
  • Riina Hannula
  • Valentina Montero
  • Mia Makela
  • Mia Makela
    Video edit, effects
  • Taller Cicuta
  • Mia Makela
    Sound design, Field recording
  • Matías Serrano Acevedo
  • Matías Serrano Acevedo
    Audio postproduction
  • Beltrán Lihn
    Voice-off recording
  • Mia Makela
    Voice-off recording
  • Valentina Montero
  • Annick Durán Kandzior
  • Valesca Díaz Alvarez
  • Gabriel Orrego Romeu
  • POND5, Soudsnap, Youtube Audio Library
    Sound Archives
  • Mia Makela
  • Taller Cicuta
    Production assistance
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Experimental, Short
  • Genres:
    nature, art-science, environment, animal studies
  • Runtime:
    17 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    May 1, 2022
  • Country of Origin:
  • Country of Filming:
    Finland, Germany, Lithuania, Poland, Slovenia
  • Language:
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  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Alcine - Festival de Cine de Alcalá de Henares
    Alcalá de Henares
    November 4, 2022
Distribution Information
  • AV-Arkki
    Country: Finland
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Mia Makela

Mia Makela is a Finnish media artist, whose work explores
intersections between art and other disciplines: technology, science, ecology. Makela exhibits chosen themes in the forms of video, audio guides, expeditions, participatory acts, installations, performative lectures, related publications and blogs. Makela, internationally acknowledged pioneer in the field of live cinema, has shown her work and lectured all over the globe.
Her latest activities include History of an Impossible Destiny, a 4- channel video installation, for which she spent 3 years documenting beekeeping around Europe and doing research on the destiny of the honey bee. Zootopia- audio guide for zoos, a posthumanist and feminist research on other species. Artistic expeditions on the strait of Magellan, Patagonia and Chiloe Island in Chile. Cabin Walks&Talks - a guided expedition for tracing interspecial empathy. “Green Matters – video handbook for algae gatherers” - a two-year exploration in the world of green algae and traditional weaving.

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