September 20th, 2013
Your Temper, My Weather. © Diane Borsato, 2013. Courtesy of the artist.
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For Scotiabank Nuit Blanche 2013, our current artist-in-residence, Diane Borsato, presented a major new performance with 100 regional beekeepers in Walker Court. While exploring the tangible effect of collective meditation, Your Temper, My Weather asked viewers to reflect upon the health and temper of bees and their keepers and on the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future. The night’s choreographed performance featured periods of guided, silent meditation, plus synchronized stretching and musical accompaniment.
Beekeeper © Diane Borsato, 2013. In collaboration with Winnie Truong. Courtesy of the artist.
The live performance ran from 6:51 p.m. until midnight with short, periodic breaks, and a video of the performance was screened in Walker Court from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m.
An accompanying piece by Toronto artist Winnie Truong, Beekeeper, was on display in the Elizabeth & Tony Comper Gallery. Borsato commissioned Truong to create this large illustration of a beekeeper stung in the eyes by bees.
About Diane Borsato
Diane Borsato is a visual artist working in various media. Recently, she has worked with amateur naturalists including mycologists (botanists specializing in fungi), astronomers and beekeepers in projects that explore social, mobile and multisensory ways of exploring natural phenomena. Borsato will be in residency at the AGO until Nov. 8, 2013.
July 25th, 2013
From Your Temper My Weather, Diane Borsato, 2013. Thank you to members of the Toronto Beekeeper’s Co-op and the Toronto Botanical Gardens for participation.
We’re looking for 100 bee enthusiasts to participate in a public performance. The piece, entitled Your Temper, My Weather by artist Diane Borsato, will explore the effects of collective meditation and create a public platform upon which to consider the health and temper of bees and their keepers, as well as the policies and environmental conditions that affect our shared future.
The beekeepers will perform a simple, collective act of meditation in Walker Court during Scotiabank Nuit Blanche on the evening of Oct. 5, 2013, from 7 p.m. to midnight. The event is expected to attract a large audience!
To participate, you must be a beekeeper, an aspiring beekeeper, a bee enthusiast or someone who has studied or practised beekeeping at any time in the past. An openness to art and to participating in guided collective meditation will also be needed. No other performance experience will be necessary. Participants will be seated in comfortable chairs, and have breaks to stretch and walk around during the duration of the performance. There will not be any live bees featured in the performance. Food will be provided. Performers will be expected to take part in one short dress rehearsal and the evening performance on Oct. 5.
Bee enthusiasts interested in more detailed information should contact the artist directly at