Studied: ‘Art and Design’ at Wakefield District College. ‘Audio Visual Studies’ (Film, Video and Sound) at Farnham, West Surrey College of Art and Design (now University for the Creative Arts) and post-grad. ‘Electronic Imaging and Sound’ at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, Scotland.
Bioni Samp’s first major installation was in 2013 at Barbican Arts Centre in London.
His ‘Hive Synthesis’ 24 hour installation and performance was part of the Hack The Barbican Festival summer show.
‘I have been creating bee sound sculptures and collecting bee hive sounds from London, Sweden, Slovakia, Czech Repubic, Poland, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Norway and Austria.
Bee recordings are amplified inside the ‘Bee Frequency Apiary. The processed bee sounds eminate from the Apiary. The simultaneous international bee voices across Europe call our attention. Collectively they are a loud global protest, a link to the past, to an active, sustainable connection with nature.
I am currently working on a new video installation for 2020 about the artist Henry Moore (1898 – 1986). Which uses sound to describe his sculptural forms.’
Digital Beehive – Installation and performance
Before the rational framed hive, before industrialisation, before ecocide, there were bees and their sounds. Listening to the gentle buzzing of bees is known to have a calming effect… But bees can be angry too… Bees are the sentinels of our ecosystem, our pollinators, our society blueprints… and more. My DIY Hive Synthesiser performance attempts to create a symbiotic frequency relationship, like those between pollination and nectar exchanges, or between beekeeper and bees.
As a electronic music producer and seasonal beekeeper. I was inspired to learn more about bee frequencies and make a creative work that incorporated these bee frequencies in the hope of raising awareness about bees and their increasingly fragile ecology system.