Founded in 2002, HiveWorld.org is managed and maintained by the design, artistry,
and philosophy of Jason Jenn. The site serves as home base to
his company, ReEvolutionary Productions. The web interface design
is somewhat simple, in hopes to organize a vast system of information, concepts and art without too much confusion.
Bees communicate by means of chemical messages, touch, sound, and in the case
of honeybees, a symbolic dance language called the waggle dance.
Thus, the series of emails and updates for Hive World events is called
The Hive World Waggle Dance Dispatch!
Hive World associates itself with the most positive qualities of the honeybee
(apis mellifera), an entity responsible for the pollination of
flowering plants worldwide. 1/3 of the food we eat is dependent
upon bee pollination. Similarly artists involve themselves in creative
pollination; opening their minds like flower blossoms, working
diligently and with community to share ideas and visions, and nourishing
society with rich creative honey.
Bee and hive metaphors can be found throughout history in various cultures, but
this site has no affiliation with other religious institutions
or art organizations that use similar imagery. They are universal
symbols with important messages!
Hive World is about the expression of individuals in communion with each other
- more a philosophical way of bee-ing and thinking than set form.
While, like all things, there is a shadow side to the “hive mentality,”
this site aims to focus on the most benevolent aspects of creative
and spiritual pollination.
Honeybees are currently under threat by Colony Collapse Disorder, a condition
that affects the immune system of the bees and has already wiped
out much of the population. There are many theories as to the cause
of CCD, and although some evidence has come out recently as to the source, it is still under fierce debate.
One thing is certain: we humans must take responsibility for the environmental impact. The
human-made creation of any new chemical, technology, system, etc.
directly tampers with the delicate balance and web of life. As
humans create and release synthetics into the world, we see declines
in the diversity of natural life on this planet. We forget to honor
and revere nature in the name of progress, which is really just
human egocentricity, indifference, and greed in action.
It comes down to whether or not we appreciate the natural world over our new
modified "life-forms." Our human-made creations are replacing the natural ones, without really thinking
about the ramifications for our own survival as well. The collapse
of bee colonies is a strong sign to pay attention to the imbalance
we are imposing upon the world and a call to restore balance.