Wolfgang Buttress, Charlotte McDonald-Gibson and Frank Trentmann
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8 May 2016
Artist Wolfgang Buttress discusses the role of honey bees and how they inspired his ‘The Hive’ installation at Kew Gardens and its accompanying Be musical project. Monocle’s Brussels correspondent Charlotte McDonald-Gibson sheds light on the plight of those fleeing violence in the Middle East and discusses her new book ‘Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis’, and Frank Trentmann tells us why we’re a society of collectors and consumers, as explained in his book ‘Empire of Things’.
8 May 2016
Photo: Mark Hadden
Bees make up a vital part of the world’s eco-system and artist Wolfgang Buttress has been incorporating them into his work for years – most notably in his installation ‘The Hive’ at the 2015 Milan Expo. Now ‘The Hive’ is moving to London’s Kew Gardens and Buttress has a musical project to accompany it: the band Be and their album ‘One’.
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Charlotte McDonald-Gibson has covered the inner workings of Brussels’ politics for Monocle and is now turning her journalistic eye to the refugee crisis. Her new book ‘Cast Away: Stories of Survival from Europe’s Refugee Crisis’ looks at the lives of refugees themselves.
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Professor Frank Trentmann is based at London’s Birkbeck university and his recent book ‘Empire of Things’ examines consumerism. He joins the Weekly team to discuss the topic from all angles, ranging from today’s market trends to historical finds as we ask what is it that has society in constant need of more stuff.
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