Thursday, December 8, 2011


Video still from Honey Bee, 2011, 3D stereoscopic video with sound, 7min 30sec

In the first annual S-3D video festival, "Parallax: Stereoscopic Video Festival," of Prague, Czech Republic, Allison Hunter's Honey Bee is featured among the selected international and amateur shorts. Using technology once dominated by Hollywood, the festival is set to celebrate independent 3D filmmakers and challenges stereoscopic technology as an art form.

Resulting from her residency at the Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLC2), on the campus of University of Houston, Honey Bee is a layered video, audio, and computer graphics, all generated with 3D software and video camera, to create the sensation of standing among a swarm of bees. Honey Bee presents a playful fantasy of cyber bees with military weapons, while also contemplating impacts of government interventions in food as well as ecological disruptions caused by cell phone technology.

Hunter states:
"When considering the bee, an air-borne insect, as a subject for video, I thought it would be interesting to use 3D to give the viewer a sense of sharing the same space with bees, rather than having the insects recessed behind a framed picture plane. ... I intercut the narrator extolling the virtues of agricultural aviation with the sound of a swarm of bees."

60-second preview of Honey Bee by Allison Hunter

Also featured in Houston Arts Alliance current exhibition Hanging by a Thread, Houston's Culture Map "Weekly Picks," Nancy Wozny states,

"Trust me, there's some gorgeous animation as well as witty vintage narration. Bees in Hunter's hand are simply amazing."

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Lucerna Cinema, Prague, Czech Republic
December 8, 2011