about so-on

annemie_maes, media artist and activist, holds a masters degree in fine arts and cultural studies. She is founder of so-on, a group of artists working with image, sound and technology. In their artprojects they research the transversal field of installations, performances and audio-visual compositions. Most of the projects are linked to the problematization of new art in the public space, from a socio-cultural background. The focus is to identify innovation and change while developing artistic projects, and research new aesthetical presentation techniques. Annemie Maes is co-founder of okno, an artist-run organisation working with art & technology, and is responsible for okno’s day-to-day management.
In her personal artistic research she focuses on the behavior 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]?

Her artistic research and cultural activism projects are publicly presented as the ongoing project ‘politics of change’, with a focus on the topics womenempowerment, ecology and public space.

Politics of Change is an ongoing artistic research project driven by grassroots activism, eco-technology and networks of women. PoC wants to research and build integrated and sustainable relationships between people, their environment and technology.
Politics of Change positions itself as a platform for collaborations and partnerships. Collaborative knowledge building and transmission is at the core of the project.

Open Greens : marginal zones where culture and nature overlap and enter into a symbiotic relationship.
The project researches different bottom up approaches for designing human environments that have the stability and diversity of natural ecosystems. Integration of renewable energy systems, energy efficiency, food/gardening systems, natural building, rainwater harvesting and urban planning along with the economic, political and social policies that make sustainable living possible and practical. How can these ecosystems be generated, controlled, enhanced or imagined in artworks? Is our environment programmable? How does the fusion of natural and artificial matter produce new organisms, new environments, new natures? How does technology animate nature and space, and how do users and programs animate matter?

The Kabinet of the OpenGreens is a repository for all the documentation materials on city gardens, abandoned agricultural and industrial spaces, miniature parcs on balconies and window sills, participating in the OpenGreen project. Discover how you can expand your creative space by participating in this ecological network, studying the interactions between organisms and their environment.

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