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GENESIS of a MICROBIAL SKIN

GENESIS of a MICROBIAL SKIN

name: Genesis of a Microbial Skin, year start: 2016, year end: 2017, techniques: bacteria and yeast cells; Acetobacter xylinum, Lactobacillus plantarum, Deinococcus radiophilus, living bee colonies, electronics ; resulting are mixed media installations in the overlapping domain of art & science
'Close reading of the Genesis of a Microbial Skin' gives a condensed overview of my notes (related to the research on Intelligent Beehives and with a focus on smart materials, e.g. microbial skin) between 2012 to 2017. The project is about growing Intelligent Guerilla Beehives from scratch, with living materials - as nature does. Biomimesis is used as a starting point for incubating ecological thinking on matter and form. Different sensorial qualities of microbial and vegetal skin are being examined in terms of usefulness for sensing environmental threaths and for monitoring the wellbeing of the bee colonies.
THE INTELLIGENT GUERILLA BEEHIVE

THE INTELLIGENT GUERILLA BEEHIVE

name: The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive, project, year start: 2016, year end: 2017, techniques: working with micro-organisms and organic matter, creating artworks with biochemistry, combinations of high end bioresearch with craft techniques and digital media; mixed media installations in the overlapping domain of art & science
The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is a bio-art installation on the edge of art and science. It evokes issues of sustainability and biodiversity, giving viewers an artistic experience of my ongoing research related to the disappearance of the honeybee. Bees are bio-indicators. They reflect the health of their surrounding ecosystem as well...
LABORATORY FOR FORM AND MATTER

LABORATORY FOR FORM AND MATTER

name: the Laboratory for Form and Matter, project, year start: 2016, year end: ongoing, techniques: working with micro-organisms and organic matter, creating artworks with biochemistry, combinations of high end bioresearch with craft techniques, mixed media installations in the overlapping domain of art & science
The Laboratory for Form and Matter (Laboratorium voor Vorm- en Materialen onderzoek) is een actueel onderzoeksproject naar artistieke praktijken in het post-digitale en post-media tijdperk. Het situeert zich op het snijpunt van biologie, ecologie, technologie en hedendaagse cultuur. Het onderzoek wordt gevoed door de interesse voor bacteria als medium...
THE SOUND BEEHIVE EXPERIMENT

THE SOUND BEEHIVE EXPERIMENT

name: The Sound Beehive Experiment, project, year start: 2013 year end: 2015, techniques: working with micro-organisms and organic matter, customized observation device; green technology; electronics; mixed media installations in the overlapping domain of art & science
The Sound Beehive Experiment monitors the development of a bee colony on the basis of the sounds it generates. For this purpose, we developed a beehive that is equipped with sensors, microphones and cameras. We made sure that this equipment is not hindering the bees in their daily action. The Sound Beehive is installed in our field laboratory on a rooftop in the Brussels city centre.
BEE LABORATORY

BEE LABORATORY

name: the Bee Laboratory, project, year start: 2009, year end: ongoing, techniques: honeybee colonies, urban gardens, observation technology: sensors, contact microphones, webcams, streaming on open city network
The Bee Laboratory project monitors the behaviour of honeybees in urban surroundings.
 Beekeepers, scientists and artists examine the bee colonies in our rooftop gardens, our open air laboratories. We study the distributed intelligence of the honeybees : their behaviour, ecology and sociobiology. We monitor the bees and beehives with all kinds of eco-technology and we study the colony as a community. We research the interaction between the different c...
BEE AGENCY

BEE AGENCY

name: 'The Variation Games' year start: 2017, year end: 2018, techniques: video; an artistic edit of the material gathered during the B-observation years; video, audio, sensor data, SEM micrographs, Infra-red photography; living bee colonies, bacteria and organic matter; part of mixed media installation
Agency is the capacity of an actor to act in a given environment. De kortfilm ‘the Variation Games’ vormt het derde luik van de totaal-installatie ‘Bee Agency’, die in première zal gaan in de Fundació Miró in Barcelona in 2018. Sommige van de visuele elementen waaruit de video is opgebouwd worden in de andere delen van de installatie hernomen. ...

URBAN CORRIDORS

URBAN CORRIDORS

name: urban corridors, project, year start: 2011, year end: ongoing, techniques: urban gardens, local communities, bee colonies, communication technologies, observation technologies
Inspired by the flight routes of city honeybees and looking at where they are going and what they are bringing back, I am setting up the Urban Corridors project.
 It is remarkable to see how a bee population functions and evolves very much in accordance to the human activites we are developing around them: gardening and urban agriculture.
The production of honey is different related to the flowers we grow, the plants we like, the garbage or pollution we produce. Honeybees are ver...
POLITICS OF CHANGE

POLITICS OF CHANGE

name: politics of change (poc), project, year start: 2007, year end: ongoing, techniques: local communities, international networks, sustainable solutions
Politics of Change (PoC) is an artistic researchproject that documents the contribution of small communities to the construction of a more balanced society. POC is a collective work where artists, activists and ecologists, economists, educators and anthropologists want to initiate collaborative dialogues to research ideas and solutions which support decentralised structures, diversity and community development. The project involves not only public discussion, but an extensive mapping and documentation of these...
NO2PHO - FROM NOISE TO VOICE

NO2PHO - FROM NOISE TO VOICE

name: No2Pho, project, year start: 2005, year end: 2007, techniques: interactive sound installation, public participation, max msp, crickets networked microcontrollers
No2Pho -from noise to voice and from voice to music- is an artistic research project investigating the behaviour of language in its many appearances: textual, sonic and visual, as well as gestural or body language. How do these disparate elements relate to each other and how do they organize within a system which includes human and computer as a sender and a receiver [and vice versa]? As a generative sound installation No2Pho plays with a connected set of elements. It is composed of dissonant...
ESSENTIAL EMPTINESS, CONTINUOUS PRESENT

ESSENTIAL EMPTINESS, CONTINUOUS PRESENT

name: essential emptiness, project, year start: 2002, year end: 2004, techniques: collaborations, public participation, networked stories with self portraits
Peopledatabase/essential-emptiness is een multimedia project met een focus op representatie. Vijf vrouwelijke videokunstenaars worden uitgenodigd een audiovisueel zelfportret te realiseren. De portretten maken deel uit van een interactieve installatie. De theoretische 'constructie' van een identiteit wordt in vraag gesteld door middel van een technische audiovisuele 'deconstructie'. De analoge video-zelfportretten vormen de basis voor een digitale verwerking waarin tijd, ruimte en publiek de variabelen...
PEOPLE DATABASE

PEOPLE DATABASE

name: the People Database Archive, project, year start: 1998, year end: 2008, techniques: found footage, public participation, online database, networked stories
The People Database archive is considered as a meeting place for discourse, ideas and action. The leading thread is the collection of passport photographs. Used as a mirror, they provoke an answer given by artists, philosophers, musicians, writers and other interested participants. The site of Thurn & Taxis, in the context of the exhibition Here & Now, lends itself perfectly as a social structure for this cultural exchange. The archive-in-residence will call into question an interdisciplinary investigation...