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.
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UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS AND TALKS
HYBRID LABS, SYMPOSIUM & EXHIBITION – 30/05 to 02/06 2018 – Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland
HYPERORGANICOS, ANCESTROFUTURISMO – 22/05 to 27/05 2018 – Nanolab-University of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
BEEHAVE – 15/02-20/05 2018 – Fundació Miró, Barcelona (Catalunya)
Beehave (curated by Martina Millà) 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.
At Miró, AnneMarie Maes will present the project BEE AGENCY, all installation in 3 parts. The core of Bee Agency is the new video Variation Games. 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.
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