Anne Marie Maes is an artist and a researcher. Her work incorporates sculpture, photography, video, installation and public participation. She creates projects that stimulate the development of a more sustainable world. Her research practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY technologies. Her installations and long term projects – such as the Transparent Beehive, Urban Corridors or the Politics of Change – use a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms. She makes use of technological mediation to search for new forms of communication with the natural world, to make the invisible visible.
Anne Marie Maes is the founding director of the Urban Bee Lab and 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, Bozar in Brussels, Arsenals Museum in Riga, Skolska Gallery in Prague, the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, the Designmuseum in Mons and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin.
SENSORIAL SKIN, exhibition
AnneMarie Maes is fascinated in the processes by which Nature creates form: How bees create honeycombs in the hive, how they self-organize into swarms, how plants grow and form geometric patterns, how bacteria and yeast cells collectively create material surfaces forming bioplastics. She observes and analyzes these processes, isolates them or causes them to appear in artificial conditions, and then creates 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. They are intriguing because they make the viewer wonder about the natural growth processes that gave rise to them. AnneMarie Maes is therefore representative of a new wave of artists for which art is life and life is ecological, artists who, paradoxically, exploit the extraordinary possibilities of advanced information and communication technologies and synthetic biology to the fullest in order to connect us back to nature.
This exhibition is a recent solo exhibition of AnneMarie Maes, after group exhibitions in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, et al. A new book of her work, entitled ‘Alchemia Nova’ (with texts by Luc Steels, Edith Doove, Armin Medosh and Darko Fritz and published by Mer. Paper Kunsthalle), will be launched on this occasion.
Sonicville Studios Brussels
Rue Deschampheleerstraat 24-26
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ALCHIMIA NOVA, book launch
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 late experiments with “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.
Alchimia Nova, AnneMarie Maes – 2016
SC / 184 pages / 21 x 14,8 cm
Published by MER. Paper Kunsthalle
Authors: AnneMarie Maes, Luc Steels, Armin Medosch, Darko Fritz, Edith Doove
Design Studio Luc Derycke
Print Graphius, Gent
ISBN 978 94 9232 148 0
Price 25.00 euros
Buy the book online: http://www.merpaperkunsthalle.org/projects/view/1228
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