Anne Marie Maes is an artist and a researcher. Her work incorporates sculpture, photography, video, installation and public participation.
Her research practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY technologies. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms.
Anne Marie Maes is the founding director of several non-profit art organizations as Looking Glass, So-on and Okno. She has for decades been a recognized leader pioneering art-science projects in Belgium, using highly original ways to bring out hidden structures in nature by constructing original technological methods to probe the living world and by translating that in artistic creations through sonification, visualization, sculptures, large-scale long-term installations, workshops, lectures and books.
She has a strong international profile, having exhibited (amongst others) at Bozar in Brussels, Koç University Gallery in Istanbul, Borges Center in Buenos Aires, Arsenals Museum in Riga, Skolska Gallery in Prague, the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, the Designmuseum in Mons, the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Ars Electronica OK Center in Linz, Fundació Miró in Barcelona, Museum de Domeinen in Sittard and the Leonardo Science and Technology museum in Milano.


Feb.15 – July15 2018 – Beehave, at Fundació Miró, Barcelona – Catalunya
Dec.12 – Shapeshifters, Beursschouwburg Brussels
Dec.11 – Forum NovaXX at Vanhaerents Foundation, Brussels, Belgium
Dec.9 – Dec.30 – ‘NovaXX’ exhibition at Halles St.Gery Art Center, Brussels, Belgium
Dec.5 – Talk at ERG-Bruxelles, Masterstudents Art/Science
Nov.19 – Dec.3 – Hacktivate the City, Generation Z in Bozar Lab, Brussels, Belgium
Nov. 9 – NovaXX Conference at Société, Brussels – Belgium
Sept.3 – Jan.7 2018 – exhibition ‘Ecovention Europe’ at Museum De Domeinen in Sittard, the Netherlands
July 21 – October 26 – DRIVE. Ars Electronica at the Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin, Germany


My work is a tight coupling between research and art. It meanders on the edge of biology, ecology and technology. My artistic research is materialized in techno-organic objects that are inspired by factual/fictional stories; in artifacts that are a combination of digital fabrication and craftsmanship; in installations that reflect both the problem and the (possible) solution, in multispecies collaborations, in polymorphic forms and models created by eco-data.
In my Laboratory for Form and Matter I study the processes by which Nature creates form: How bees create honeycombs, how they self-organize into swarms, how plants grow and form geometric patterns, how bacteria and yeast cells collectively create material surfaces forming biofabrics. I observe and analyze these processes, isolate them or causes them to appear in artificial conditions. I create art works from this artistic research in many different media: installations, video, audio, prints, objects. These art works often go beyond the pure esthetic experience of remarkable structures, even if the sense of beauty is always there.

Generation Z – Hacktivate the city! From 19/11 to 3/12 at BozarLab Brussels. The exhibition is an introduction to the Starts BioLab, organised by Gluon and taking place in April 2018.
The Wunderkammer is composed of a series of strange objects. They are presented on a large laboratory table. Their forms are inspired by nature, and the organic materials they are made of are grown by bacteria or made out of vegetal matter. Every artifact is the outcome of a particular experiment. Most of the items are studies for different parts of the Intelligent Beehive project: the development of a mobile shelter for homeless honeybees.
The Starts Biolab will take place in April 2018 and is led by the bio-artist AnneMarie Maes and by Tom Peeters, microbiologist at Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels.

Le mardi 5 décembre 2017: présentation par AnneMarie Maes + Nova XX – à l’ERG Bruxelles, dans le cadre du Master ‘Pratiques graphiques et complexité scientifique’.

Background Information:
Close reading of the Genesis of a Microbial Skin’. This page gives a condensed overview of my research notes relating to the Intelligent Beehive project between 2012 to 2017.




SC / 184 pages / 21 x 14,8 cm
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle – Design Studio Luc Derycke – Price 25.00 euros
Authors: AnneMarie Maes, Luc Steels, Armin Medosch, Darko Fritz, Edith Doove
ALCHIMIA NOVA – AnneMarie Maes – 2016

AnneMarie Maes is a multi-media artist who has been studying the tight interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. In the open-air lab on the rooftop of her studio, she created an experimental garden and has been keeping bees in self-designed beehives, equipped to bring out hidden structures in the life of the colony. Her “field notes” provide an on-going source of inspiration for her artworks. The Bee Laboratory, as well as her Laboratory for Form and Matter, where she experiments with bacteria and “living” textiles, open a framework that has been initiating a wide range of installations, photography works, sculptures, workshops and books. It is a long-term project on the edge of art, science and technology.

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Available at following libraries:
San Francisco, California: KADIST Art Center, library
Oakland, California: Mark Thompson’s Orn Honeybee Archive
Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Media Lab, library



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