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Jeroen Eisinga, Springtime, 2010–11, still from a black-and-white film in 35 mm transferred to HD video, 19 minutes 5 seconds.

Jeroen Eisinga

Stedelijk Museum Schiedam

Jeroen Eisinga, Springtime, 2010–11, still from a black-and-white film in 35 mm transferred to HD video, 19 minutes 5 seconds.

When Zhang Huan in his early work 12m², 1994, spread fish oil and honey on his naked body to attract flies, then sat for an hour in a filthy public toilet in Beijing, this was a silent form of social protest. For his film Springtime, 2010–11, the Dutch artist Jeroen Eisinga did something similar but with a completely different intention. The artist had his upper body and head totally covered by honeybees after sprinkling a liquid containing a hormone from a queen bee on it. Although this is an established practice, known as bee bearding, with its own competitions and record holders, it remains a perilous exercise, and only after a long search did Eisinga find an Irish beekeeper willing to help. The artist’s aim was simply to create a strong, “sublime” image. His intense, ritualistic, and technically impeccable black-and-white 35-mm film consists of a nearly twenty-minute-long

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