Between paper and the internet, reversing the usual roles of the two media: an online show commissioned by NERO and presented here through its press release

By Filipa Ramos

An Online Exhibition Curated by Filipa Ramos
Opening at http://www.neromagazine.It/tbatb
June 10, 2014 - September 18, 2014

Bees do it, birds do it, why don’t we do it…

“The birds and the bees” is an expression that defines a prudish way to explain the process of sexual intercourse to children. 

The “birds and the bees talk” is generally used to refer to a moment in which sex and reproduction are discussed with a child in a figurative way. It consists of a metaphorical story that attempts to narrate the process and consequences of sexual intercourse through the reference to familiar and easily observed animals and phenomena.

By establishing an association with the ways in which animals meet and mate, this explanation defers from offering an accurate description of human sexuality and its possibilities. Instead, it proposes a metaphor that is based on small, endearing creatures that are not directly associated with forms of erotic imaginary. 

Nevertheless this explanation establishes a straightforward association between human and non-human behaviors in suggesting that it is possible to comprehend how humans copulate by observing such animals as the birds and the bees. 

Following this idea, The birds and the bees offers a selection of individual artworks that relate with the subject of birds, bees and sexual intercourse, presenting three different ways of flying and being adrift. Together, these works form a sort of lexicon on the subject based on photographic images, drawings, texts, sound and video pieces.

The birds and the bees includes the commission of a sound piece, conceived by artist Riccardo Benassi under the title WWWild Night.

Filipa Ramos (1978) is a curator and art critic based in London. She is currently curator of Vdrome, and Lecturer at Central Saint Martins (Art: Moving Image, and Art: Exhibition Studies) and at Kingston University (Film Theory).