AnneMarie Maes is an artist and a researcher. Her art meanders on the edge of biology, ecology and technology. 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.
In her Laboratory for Form and Matter she studies the processes by which Nature creates form. She observes and analyzes these processes, isolates them or causes them to appear in artificial conditions. The 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.
The artworks are created in different media: installations and sculptures, video, audio, photographs and objects.
AnneMarie Maes has a strong international profile, having exhibited (amongst others) at Bozar Brussels, Koç Gallery Istanbul, Borges Center Buenos Aires, Arsenals Museum Riga, Skolska Gallery Prague, the Institute of Evolutionary Biology Barcelona, the Wissenschaftskolleg Berlin, Ars Electronica Linz, Fundació Miró Barcelona, de Domeinen in Sittard, the Leonardo Science&Technology Museum Milano, HeK Basel.
In 2017 she was awarded a Honorary Mention Hybrid Art at Ars Electronica for the Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive project.



HeK Basel (Haus der electronischen Künste)
ECO-VISIONARIES, from 28/8/2018 to 11/11/2018

HeK is dedicated to digital culture and the new art forms of the information age. It is a place for creative and critical discourse on the aesthetic, socio-political and economic impact of media technologies.
In the groupsshow ECO-VISIONARIES, the artists research how new media, technologies and technology-scientific methods are used in the arts to draw attention to pressing ecological issues. What visionary projects and ideas are emerging to tackle climate change, food shortage and resource depletion? Which solutions are worth pursuing? ECO-VISIONARIES presents artistic responses to current challenges, whereby some of the new works were created for the context of the exhibition. The exhibition shows how new media and technologies are used, not only to draw attention to ecological problems, but also to develop visionary solutions.

BEE AGENCY, installation at HeK Basel, Eco-Visionaries

MAAT museum of Art, Architecture and Technology – Lisbon

The exhibition presents the work of more than 10 Brussels-based artists reflecting upon the future of our cities in times of increasing digital ubiquity.
Curators: Stephanie Pécourt and Christophe De Jaeger
Partcipating artists: Frederik De Wilde, Christophe De Boeck, Pierre-Jean Giloux, Maarten Vanden Eynde, Youness Baba-Ali, Beat Streuli, Jan De Cock, LAB(au), Annemarie Maes, Joanie Lemercier, Julien Maire

Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie voor Kunsten en Wetenschappen van België

Paleis der Academiën, Tentoonstelling en Symposium op 26/9/2018
Kruisbestuiving van Kunst en Wetenschap leidt tot nieuwe inzichten, zowel wetenschappelijk als artistiek. Technologie maakt nieuwe verbeeldingswijzen mogelijk. Dit symposium met tentoonstelling staat in het teken van deze symbiose. Kunstenaars en wetenschappers gingen samen aan de slag – duik mee in hun creatieproces.
Kunstenaars: Ann Bessemans, Ugo Dehaes, Katelijne De Corte, Frederik De Wilde, Athar Jaber, Anne-Marie Maes, Wendy Morris, Jan Paredaens, Robbert&Frank Frank&Robbert

The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive at the Royal Belgian Academy for Sciences and the Arts

Bio-art Society Finland, 16/9/2018 – 23/9/2018

Field_Notes is an art&science field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five groups work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland to develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the notion of Ecology of Senses. The aim is to engage with the inner and outer landscapes, create field experiments, find and establish test sites, set up observatories and excavations. We will breath, smell, taste, touch, listen and walk with open eyes as well as install the sensors brought with us or made on site.
bioartsociety finland – ecology of the senses

Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland – photo T. Bovermann

Participating in the exhibition and giving a workshop:
Piksel Festival

AnneMarie Maes will talk about her artistic research, including the fieldwork and the collaborations with scientists, and how this research is translated in the production of artworks.


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