Singing Ritual Workshop with Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir

Date(s) - Friday 07/18/2014
5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Our community participatory workshop was blessed with a guest visit by Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir!

PLEASE NOTE! This is a two-session workshop:

  • Thursday night, July 17th, 8:30pm, at the CAC –  107 Mill Street in South Troy– Join Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir in blessing the bees as they begin their journey to North Troy.
  • Friday afternoon, July 18th, 1-3 pm,  5-Glen Ave., @L-Lot garden at the corner of 6th and Glen (behind the Hot Spot Jamaican Restaurant)– Meet Reverend Billy and the Stop Shopping Choir, Rensselaer County Summer Youth Employees, artists and gardeners, in a singing ritual workshop to the bees, celebrating their new home in North Troy as part of a Botanical Intervention!

Check out Rev Billy Exorcises Robobee from Harvard University! 

Let’s consider for a moment the honey bee and its anticipated replacement, the RoboBee. 

Let’s pay a visit to the frankenbee’s parents, Monsanto and DARPA. 
The RoboBee is a mechanical bee in the design stage at the Microrobotics Lab, housed in a well-appointed building at Harvard University. The RoboBee project’s Intelligence Office declares that the robotic inventors are inspired by the bee. The RoboBee project’s website and press releases use the imagery of the golden bees that we remember from our love of the cuddly buzzy honey-maker. 

But something is wrong with this 
enterprise. While the RoboBee’s press is nearly all positive, and open-faced students have posted euphoric YouTube reports of their robotic work, the whole thing looks quite different to the people of the beekeeping community, who can’t help but point out that the real life honey bees and bumble bees are plummeting toward extinction. 
After one of our singing rituals at the laboratory, a public relations man named Paul followed us out proclaiming, “But we have nothing to do with colony collapse, and we’re sorry that the honey bee is dying…”
And yet the RoboBee project’s top goal, as stated on their website, is to achieve mechanical pollination. So Monsanto, Bayer, Syngenta, et al – the Big Ag companies whose agricultural chemicals are driving the honey bees die-off, must be very interested in this honey bee drone. How couldn’t they be waiting in the wings? A robot bee would be invaluable as a pesticide-proof pollinator.