Susana Soares, Design Interactions Department, Royal College of Art. Face Object from the BEE'S project (Prototype). 2007

Susana Soares, Design Interactions Department, Royal College of Art Face Object from the BEE'S project (Prototype) 2007

  • MoMA, Floor 1, 1 South

In this series of diagnostic tools, trained bees perform health checkups, detect diseases, and monitor fertility cycles. "Bees have a phenomenal odor perception," Soares has explained. The Face Object has two chambers. If bees detect an odor in the breath connected to a disease, they will go into the smaller chamber. The Fertility Object has three chambers: the largest corresponds to ovulation, the second to pre-ovulation, and the third to post- ovulation. The Precise Object has an outer curved tube that prevents bees from flying accidentally into the interior diagnosis chamber, making for a more precise result.

Gallery label from This Is for Everyone: Design Experiments for the Common Good, February 14, 2015–January 31, 2016.
Prototype by Crisform
Borosilicate glass
14 1/8 x 9 7/8" (35.9 x 25.1 cm)
Gift of The Aaron and Betty Lee Stern Foundation
Object number
© 2021 Susana Soares
Architecture and Design

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