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UBC brings interactive performance Murmurations to grist mill

Performance artists B?o Linh Le, Janelle Sheppard, Scott Mendoca, and Rhian Jack work on a scene from Murmurations which takes place as part of the Bee Central Community Art Pollinator Project at the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site Sunday, August 23, 2015.
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August 16, 2015 - 2:00 PM

Bee Central: A Community Art Pollinator Project connects artists to the community

What: Murmurations — a community art event
Who: Interactive performance created by Sarah Megan Hunter
When: Sunday, August 23, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site, Kelowna

Interactive artist Sarah Megan Hunter has created Murmurations, the next performance in the Bee Central series at Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site in Kelowna.

Bee Central is a Community Art Pollinator Project sponsored by UBC Okanagan and the City of Kelowna and takes place at the historic Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Site at the corner of Dilworth Rd. and Leckie Place.

Hunter says the live performance art piece is inspired by bees, early developmental movements in humans, and the study of Jodorovsky’s “Psychomagic” — the use of specific movements to heal trauma by accessing the unconscious mind through symbolic action.

“The performance will inspire participants to dance, to use their voices, and interact with a group as they explore elements of ceremony and rites of passage,” says Hunter.

Hunter, a creative writing major at UBC’s Okanagan campus, is working closely with interdisciplinary performance artist Rhian Jack, and improv vocalist Kathleen Baker.

“I don’t want to give it all away, but this piece is going to be fun, playful, spontaneous, ephemeral, symbolic, and celebratory,” says Hunter. “We are exploring our relationships between people, with ourselves, with our bodies, with our own history, and with the places and creatures where we live.”

Murmurations is supported by the Bee Central Community Art Pollinator project and funded by a Faculty of Creative and Critical Studies undergraduate research award.

Bee Central is part of a larger plan to introduce and stimulate a ‘buzz’ about bees and the Brent’s Grist Mill Heritage Park, particularly to attract a diverse community to help with the planting, building, and maintaining a Public Art Pollinator Pasture in Kelowna, explains UBC Assoc. Prof. Nancy Holmes.

Murmurations is the third community art event sponsored by Bee Central this summer and it takes place Sunday, August 23, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free and tea will be served. The final Bee Central event will be Mason Bee Homes, with Lori Mairs on September 26 starting at 11 a.m. 

Bee Central is made possible by a Community Public Art Grant from the City of Kelowna and UBC’s Eco Art Incubator.

For more information about UBC Okanagan Eco Art Incubator projects or to volunteer, please contact Holmes at, 250-807-9369. More information can be found at:

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