SENSORIAL SKIN, exhibition at Grey)(Area, Croatia

The exhibition ‘Sensorial Skin’ at Grey)(Area Gallery in Korcula, Croatia reveals a part of my long-term research towards the Intelligent Guerilla Beehive.
The visual language in this installation is multilayered. Every artifact is the outcome of a particular experiment. All objects are part of a larger development for building and fine-tuning an Intelligent Guerilla Beehive, a mobile shelter for homeless honeybees. This radically new device tackles a domain where human and non-human actors collaborate to maintain the resilience of an ecosystem in decline.

In my Laboratory for Form and Matter I work with a range of biotic and abiotic elements. I view my lab as an open environment for experimentation, a space for contradiction, criticism and evaluation. I combine organic components such as vegetal matter, propolis and chitine, with living systems such as fungi and bacteria to create artifacts for the future. My micro-organisms grow biofabrics and I research how these membranes can be enhanced and made useful through embedded electronics and how more sensorial qualities can be implemented in these membranes via living technology.
Navigating between blueprints and ‘Proof of Concept’, my objects can be classified as ‘Future Archaeology’: fragments of a Forgotten World as well as fragments of a World To Come.

Greay)(Area Gallery, Korcula – Croatia
From August 4 to September 15, 2017

Grid_Madras: piece composed with cellulose skin, dyed with vegetal dyes (avocado, stinging nettles, eucalyptus bark, hibiscusflower).
155cm x 125cm x 3cm

left: Scanning Electron Micrograph (honeybee tongue); 40cm x 30cm
right: Microbial Skin with organic leftovers (insects); 40cm x 30cm

AnneMarie 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 a founding artist and director of several non-profit art collectives 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.
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, Museum de Domeinen in Sittard, Grey Area Gallery in Korcula, the Science and Technology museum in Milano.
In 2017 she was awarded a Honorary Mention in the Hybrid Art category at Ars Electronica, for the Intelligent Guerilla Beehive project.