Since 2014, the do-it-yourself humanities research project called ‘Apian’ has followed an ongoing and open-ended research which explores the age-old interspecies relationship of honeybees1 to humans and humans to honeybees2. The ethnography considers the relationships that already exist and the ones which are yet to be invented. Combining an anthropological approach and the practice of art and beekeeping, Apian investigates contact zones where humans and honeybees meet. The research project looks at how both species make and infect each other through ecological, social, historical, cultural, philosophical and aesthetical encounters. The research does not see bees as a metaphor, or as bridge to reconnect humans with Nature3, but as an active subject with which we have to collaborate. Bees pollinate up to three quarters of all food crops4, hence their importance in the web of life in which we are all entangled5. ‘Apian’ consists of multiple fragments that are at the same time autonomous and related to one another. Once reunited, they assemble a sort of narrative universe which aims to create and reconstitute refugia6, places of refuge, for beekeepers, scholars and honeybees – where translation between different sensoria becomes possible, spaces where we can think together. The results are polymorphous ethnographies which mix different media such as text, photography, sound and video. In other words, it creates a machine that enables humans to feel and to explore the links that have been woven between honeybees and humans over centuries. It also offers the possibility of caring without touching or disturbing: an ‘intimacy without proximity’7. It is not solely about creating knowledge; it also aims to stimulate aesthetic, cultural, and trans-species encounters in order to fight back, in alliance with honeybees, against the blinding idea of human exceptionalism. ‘Apian’ spans different fields. For example, it has been presented in an artistic context at the Festival Circulation(s) in Paris at the 104 (2015); twice during the Swiss federal design awards (2015/2018); in anthropological form during the ASA conference at the University of Oxford (2018); at the 2019 CTM festival in Berlin; and is being developed through a residency programme at La Becque, Switzerland (2019). In partnership with La Becque (2019-2020), a radio show is being created which tackles this interspecies relationship. ‘Apian’ also aims to be collaborative and has been a site for meeting around shared sensibilities, for example with Randolf Menzel, the artist Laurent Güdel and Ellen Lapper. Ultimately, this is also a call for future exchanges and collaborations. For a portfolio or further information, please do not hesitate to get in contact.