Bees in the Sponge
Sponge HQ is home to an indoor top-bar beehive, designed by artist Max Goldfarb. The hive, “Hive 05” has a closed-circuit, infrared video monitoring system which will display the honeybees’ activities to viewers.
Public Hours at the HQ
Public hours are scheduled for Tuesday and Thursdays from 1 PM- 3 PM during the Spring 2012 semester. To schedule a visit during an alternate time, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Colablablab is an experiment in Curricular Ecology. Offered through the VCUarts Painting and Printmaking Department, organized with the VCU Department of Biology and hosted at Sponge HQ. Colablablab is a visual art studio and seminar organized around the study of biology. The class is a collaboration between art and science students. Colablablab students and their instructor take a Biological Concepts lecture and lab section together. The class takes a class. Colablablab is a “metalab,” a lab about a lab.
Colablablab took place during the Spring 2010 and Fall 2011 semesters. Stay tuned for the next offering.
Sponge HQ houses a fully-equipped wool feltmaking studio. The interlocking of animal fibers that constructs a piece of natural felt is an apt analogy for the fitting-together of topics in a Sponge event. Because of its conceptual and structural relationship with the project, along with the relative simplicity of the process, felting has been included as a hands-on component in Sponge workshops since they began. Felt objects are also foremost among the material manifestations of the project and have taken the form of wool felt mittens, boots, sea-sponges and kitchen sponges. Stay tuned for upcoming feltmaking workshops.