Back to the City
animation and 10 collages (30 cm x 45 cm)

Back to the City
Duration: 13 min 35 sec
Sound: Bojan Brajkovic
Voice: Matija Vastl
English translation: Rawley Grau
Supported by: The Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and Kud Obrat, Ljubljana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=masgcL0mjTY

A few years ago, when bees began dying in large numbers in Slovenia, a story about a beekeeper in the city of Kranj caught my attention: he had harvested more honey than his friend in the countryside. This was the beginning of my research on bees, which in fact is not so much about bees as it is about man’s relationship to nature, food, the city, and the countryside. Focusing mainly on nature in the city and in the countryside, it questions, in particular, our established conceptions about rural and urban nature.
The story is presented through the eyes of the main character, a man, in the form of his inner monologue. The man’s thoughts jump from historical, biological, and physical facts to less important information garnered from the daily newspaper and the Internet. Together, these facts combine into a story that leads to the realization that in the past century we humans have devoted most of our attention to the city and the phenomena of urban life, while the countryside has developed mainly as a hinterland for the production of food for the city. As a result of modern agricultural strategies that strive to produce as much food as possible on the fewest possible hectares, nature in the countryside – which people in cities depend on as well – has changed. It may even have changed so much that nature is today more natural in the city.

Back to the City
animation and 10 collages (30 cm x 45 cm)

Back to the City
Duration: 13 min 35 sec
Sound: Bojan Brajkovic
Voice: Matija Vastl
English translation: Rawley Grau
Supported by: The Ministry of Culture of Slovenia and Kud Obrat, Ljubljana

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=masgcL0mjTY

A few years ago, when bees began dying in large numbers in Slovenia, a story about a beekeeper in the city of Kranj caught my attention: he had harvested more honey than his friend in the countryside. This was the beginning of my research on bees, which in fact is not so much about bees as it is about man’s relationship to nature, food, the city, and the countryside. Focusing mainly on nature in the city and in the countryside, it questions, in particular, our established conceptions about rural and urban nature.
The story is presented through the eyes of the main character, a man, in the form of his inner monologue. The man’s thoughts jump from historical, biological, and physical facts to less important information garnered from the daily newspaper and the Internet. Together, these facts combine into a story that leads to the realization that in the past century we humans have devoted most of our attention to the city and the phenomena of urban life, while the countryside has developed mainly as a hinterland for the production of food for the city. As a result of modern agricultural strategies that strive to produce as much food as possible on the fewest possible hectares, nature in the countryside – which people in cities depend on as well – has changed. It may even have changed so much that nature is today more natural in the city.