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Springtime, 2010-11 by Jeroen Eisinga

I was covered with 150000 bees and I was stung thirty times. I did not feel any pain. Except towards the end when I was stung in my eyelids. I felt resistance up to a certain moment, but after a while I let it go and surrendered to the experience. I think I must have entered a state of trance at some point. I started to feel completely empty inside and entered a state of complete freedom. Towards the end I only heard the beating of my heart and my own breathing.

- Artists’ Statement | Behind the Scenes

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“Springtime”, 2010-2011, Jeroen Eisinga

“I was covered with 150000 bees and I was stung thirty times. I did not feel any pain. Except towards the end when I was stung in my eyelids. I felt resistance up to a certain moment, but after a while I let it go and surrendered to the experience. I think I must have entered a state of trance at some point. I started to feel completely empty inside and entered a state of complete freedom. Towards the end I only heard the beating of my heart and my own breathing.”

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‘Springtime’ video by Jeroen Eisinga

This video captures an excerpt of Dutch artist’s Jeroen Eisinga’s performance in which he withstands a swarm of of bees.