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, 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.


Dec.12 – Shapeshifters, Beursschouwburg Brussels
July 21 – October 26 – DRIVE. Ars Electronica at the Volkswagen Group Forum, Berlin, Germany
Sept.3 – Jan.7 2018 – exhibition ‘Ecovention Europe’ at Museum De Domeinen in Sittard, the Netherlands
Sept.7 – Sept.17 – CyberArts exhibition Ars Electronica at the OK Center for Contemporary Art, Linz, Austria
Sept.14 – Sept.30 – ‘Tendencies’ exhibition at Bozar Centre for Fine Arts, Brussels, Belgium
Sept.13 – Sept.16 – ‘Resonance II’ exhibition at JRC-campus Ispra, Italy
Sept.21 – Oct.22 – ‘Resonance II’ exhibition at Leonardo Museum for Science and Technology, Milano, Italy
Dec.9 – Dec.30 – ‘NovaXX’ exhibition at Halles St.Gery Art Center, Brussels, Belgium


The project is about growing Intelligent Guerilla Beehives from scratch, with living materials – as nature does.
build_resonances_web Building-up the art/science installation ‘Sensorial Skin for a Guerilla Beehive’ at the Resonances II exhibition at JRC/EU in Ispra, Italy. Later, the exhibition is moving to the Science Museum in Milano (22/9 – 22/10). I was working for the last 18 months on this ‘Sensorial Skin’ project.
From left to right: the prototype of the Intelligent Hive, a DIY bioreactor tracking skin-growth (Ph, T° and ultrasound), some microbial skins stained by bacteria and results of experiments to print with chitine.
Honorary Mention Hybrid Art Ars Electonica 2017
The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive got an Honorary mention at the Ars Electronica Festival 2017, click for more

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.

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.




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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Berlin/Germany: PRO QM
Berlin/Germany: DO YOU READ ME?!
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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