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, Arsenals Museum in Riga, Skolska Gallery in Prague, the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona, the Designmuseum in Mons, the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Ars Electronica OK Center in Linz, Fundació Miró in Barcelona, Museum de Domeinen in Sittard and the Leonardo Science and Technology museum in Milano.



from February 15 to May 20 2018 in the Fundació Miró, Barcelona (Catalunya)
Curated by Martina Millà

Beehave is an exhibition project that reflects contemporary artists’ growing interest in the survival crisis affecting honey bees and many other insect pollinators. Beehave also addresses the current debate about urban beekeeping, a practice that is not yet widespread in large cities in Spain. Accordingly, Beehave broadens the scope of the exhibition to span the entire city with ten urban interventions carried out by local and international artists.
The exhibition at the Fundació Joan Miró will include a series of newly-produced installations that will invite visitors to approach a variety of aspects of the cognitive world of bees while providing them with transformative immersive experiences.
From March to June, Beehave will also unfold throughout Barcelona with actions aimed at raising citizen awareness concerning the important role that honey bees play in preserving biodiversity, on which the endangered balance of our planet’s ecosystems depends. One of Beehave’s objectives is, as its title suggests, to educate and foster greater knowledge of these insects, thus broadening the boundaries of our anthropocentric perception.

AnneMarie Maes will present the project BEE AGENCY, all installation in 3 parts. The core of Bee Agency is the new video THE VARIATION GAMES.

vrouwenwerk. women’s work is never done.

Variation Games are games where the set of rules is constantly adapted by the players. The video is a condensed edit of a year-long audiovisual observation of the behaviour of a honeybee colony in the private environment of their refuge. The recordings are made with an infrared camera and contact microphones inside the beehive. The content of this video focuses on the first 6 weeks of the observation, when the bees start the building of their nest. The images show how they first scan the empty space and detect all foreign objects (in this case paper pasted on the back of the hive), which they propolize and eventually tear down, thus appropriating their territory. They start organizing their activities to design the locus as their home. The images demonstrate and reveal decision-making, networking, collaboration and collective intelligence.


Fausto, an opera by Luc Steels and Oscar Vilarroya at the and& summit and festival in Leuven, May 3rd – 8pm.
Fausto explores a future in which current trends in digital technologies have reached a turning point with a major impact on humanity. The action takes place in a world where artificial intelligence, cloud computing, virtual and augmented reality, social media, quantified self-tracking, and neural implants have progressively lead to a technology for creating life-like digital replicants of humans. This technology gives humans the potential of digital immortality and multi-track lives in different realities. Fausto uses the language of Western music (melody, harmony, rhythm, acting) to express meaning and emotion. It is performed by professional musicians and employs live augmented reality.
Chiara Ciociola, Neural Magazine
Intelligent Guerilla Beehive, bee careful

The complex bee ecosystem and its influence on others has been underlined by science, such as the threats caused by the urban pollution. “Intelligent Guerilla Beehive” is a beehive designed to allow bee colonies to survive in particularly compromised urban environments. It is a sensitive device that reacts to possible …
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Dennis Dollens, Metabolic Architecture
BioIntelligent Beehive as Architectural Data

I came to Maes’s work because her experiments connect living, intelligent systems and technology/biosciences with social (colony/urbanism) architectural and technological prototyping and experimentation.
Her work illustrates radical and necessary ecological searches for sharing urban life…
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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…
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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

Buy the book online at:
Available at following bookshops:
Brussels/Belgium: PASSA PORTA
Brussels/Belgium: WIELS BOOKSHOP
Brussels/Belgium: BOZAR BOOKSHOP
Gent/Belgium: COPYRIGHT
Antwerp/Belgium: COPYRIGHT
Barcelona/Spain: LA CENTRAL BCN (Raval, Mallorca and Macba bookshops)
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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