Transformative Ecologies

The exhibition features innovative art science works by Latvian and Belgian artists, who are envisioning sustainable future scenarios with regards to food and energy.
The artists have used innovative methods to create sonic, visual and 3D representations of various environmental and biological data collected during their long term techno-ecological researches.
With: Gints Gabrans, Rasa Smite And Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks, AnneMarie Maes,
Gert Aertsen, David Debuyser, Voldemars Johansons, Janis Jancevics, Paula Vitola, Rihards Vitols.

Transformative Ecologies at Mons-2015: audio installations with beehive recordings

3D Biolab

Thursday 20/8: workshop on 3D data visualization, working with the data collected during the art/science research projects Biotricity by Rasa SMITE and Raitis SMITS (biotricity-bacteria-battery) and Intelligent beehives by AnneMarie MAES (bee-laboratory-works)
Friday 21/8: David De Buyser will present and perform with his bio-electronic synthesizer the Fungus-box. (daviddebuyser)
Gert Aertsen will guide us through the mechanics of speech generated by wind. (Aargh)

Mons 2015 – European Cultural Capital
Exhibition Transformative Ecologies and 3D Bio Lab
from 20/8 to 30/8, daily
opening 19/8/2015 at 6pm with performances
La Maison du Design – gallery
Rue des Soeurs Noires, 4 – 7000 Mons

More info: http://rixc.org/en/events/0/189/

The Brussels Urban Bee Lab was invited by RIXC and MONS Cultural Capital 2015 to develop a format that throws open artistic research and contextualises it in an audience friendly way. The research of the Brussels Urban Bee Lab is central to these presentations. The technologically equipped observation beehives, the work processes and artefacts, the data analysis and visualisations but above all the artistic multimedia installations will be presented and explained from the point of view of different disciplines.

The 3DPrint-project Bee Material, Bees as Architects serves to continue and deepen the research of the Brussels Urban Bee Lab. Bees can be seen as living 3D printers that reach an extreme grade of mathematical perfection when building a honeycomb. Through the centuries physics and mathematicians have wondered how a bee colony reaches this result. AnneMarie Maes and the Brussels Urban Bee Lab want to take up the challenge to work just as constructive with 3D printers and organic materials, as wax and propolis, to make objects together with the bees and inspired by the bees’ work.
The proposed artistic research will happen in collaboration with other artists, both members of the Brussels Urban Bee Lab/ OKNO as other international artists, and institutes and companies specialised in relevant technology and biology.

It is not the intention to perform purely technological research but rather to broach new possibilities that are not yet realizable via artistic creativity and to thus stimulate technological inventiveness. We also want to give spectators completely new experiences in relation to the goings on of bee colonies and in this way raise awareness for sustainable development. This artistic research will also be integrated in the already existing series of new artistic observation beehives such as the Transparent Beehive, the Sound Beehive, and the Scaffolded Beehive which each introduce living bee colonies in new ways to the public.