Anne Marie Maes is a multidisciplinary artist with a background in botany and visual anthropology. She lives and works in Brussels. Her practice combines art and science with a particular interest in ecosystems and alchemical processes. She works with various biological, digital and classical media, including living organisms. In doing so, she focuses on the process and creates the ideal conditions for a self-generating art. On the roof of her studio in Brussels, she has created a field laboratory and experimental garden where she works with insects and bacteria, studying the processes that nature uses to create forms. For many of her projects, she collaborates with fablabs and university research labs. Her long-term projects “Connected Open Greens,” “Bee Agency” and “Laboratory for Form and Matter” provide the framework for a wide range of artworks, all at the intersection of art and ecology.
“We are contaminated by our encounters; they change who we are as we make way for others. As contamination changes world-making projects, mutual worlds – and new directions – may emerge.”
Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, The Mushroom at the End of the World
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Matter of Kinship / Matéria de Affinidades (solo exhibition) – Mateus Foundation, Vila Real, Portugal – 15.11.2023 – 30.04.2024
Renaissance Sauvage, la Perspective Symbiotique (group exhibition) – Galerie Jousse Paris – 17.11 – 13.01.24
the Garden of Knowledge / de Tuin van Verwondering – a presentation by Anne Marie Maes for the Bildnis Lecture Series – MuZee, Ostend, 03.12.2024 / 11am
about Anne Marie Maes
AnneMarie Maes is an artist and researcher who has been active as an independent professional artist since 1999, and as founder and coordinator of several artist collectives.
AnneMarie was a fellow in international art/science programs, has written articles and academic papers and has published several publications on her work. She realized artworks commissioned for public space, as ‘Closed Circuits’ (Vlaamse Gemeenschap, Brussels) and ‘Elbe Bienen’ for the art in public space program of the city of Hamburg (De). She was awarded several prizes and mentions in prestigeous festivals as Ars Electronica among others. AnneMarie Maes has exhibited widely as a solo-artist and in group exhibitions in prestigious musea, galleries, public spaces and art-science festivals in many EU countries, the Americas and Asia.
Key museum exhibitions include at Bozar (Brussels, BE), Palais de Tokyo (Paris, France), National Arts Museum (Latvia), Borges Cultural Center (Buenos Aires, Argentinia), Domeinen (Sittard, NL), Science and Technology Museum (Milan, IT), Museu do Amanha (Rio de Janeiro, Brasil), Fundacio Miro (Barcelona, ES), Haus der Elektronische Kunste, (Basel, CH), Centre Wallonie Bruxelles à Paris (Paris, Fr), IMAL (Brussels, BE), IKOB Museum of Contemporary art (Eupen, BE), Laboral (Gijon, ES), Museum for Art and Architecture – MAAT (Lisbon, PO), amongst others.
Important festival participations include Ars-Electronica (Linz, AU), Transmediale (Berlin, DE), Mirage Festival (Lyon, FR), PIKSEL (Bergen, NO), Resonances (Ispra, IT).
Gallery shows include at Sapar Contemporary Art (New York), Silva Zona (Korcula, Croatia), Koç University Gallery (Istambul), Skolska Gallery (Prague), PILAR Free University Gallery (Brussels, BE), Wissenschaftskolleg (Berlin,BE), AHWNN (Ostend, Be), Emergent (Veurne, BE), SongEun ArtSpace (Seoul, South Korea), La Kunsthalle (Mulhouse, France)
‘Bacterial Mantarey’ (2018),
Exhibitions, Residencies, workshops and Lectures 2023
01/12/22-04/12/22: residency and presentation at Mateus Labs (Vila Real, Portugal)
16/2/2023 – 30/4/2023: ALCHIMIA NOVA. Solo expo Kunsthalle Mulhouse (Fr)
17/3/2023 – 15/4/2023: Let’s Fill this Town with Artists – gallery show at AHWNN, Oostende
17/3/2023 – 8/5/2023 SYMBIOSIUM / Cosmologies speculatives, expo + performance CWB/Paris hors les murs at Fondation Fiminco
30/4/2023: Colloque ART/SCIENCE + performance at the Kunsthalle Mulhouse
05/4/2023 – 24/06/2023: EDEN WORLD au BelOrdinaire, Pau (Fr)
17/04/2023 – 23/04/2023: workshop 1 (setting up a biolab) at MATEUS Labs (Vila Real,Pt)
22/04/2023: EARTH DAY – performances at Fondation Fiminco Paris, Symbiosium
27/4/2023 – 18/5/2021: ‘LES FUTURS’ – Le Cube, ISEA2023 Paris (Fr)
16-17/05/2023: Colloque OCEAN / ESPACE / OCEAN – Makery Paris, as part of ISEA2023
23/5/2023 – 29/05/2023 – workshop 2 (fermenting, organic dyeing) at MATEUS Labs (Vila Real,Pt)
02/06/2023 – 04/06/2023 – FESTIVAL DE L’HISTOIRE DE L’ART, Chateau de Fontainebleau (Fr)
03/06/2023: POINT EPHEMERE, Paris (ISEA2023 – Nuit Blanche)
04/06/2023 – 20/08/2023: residency and exhibition SECOND NATURE at 10N Menorca
04/07/2023 – 10/07/2023 – workshop 3 (felting, biotextiles) at MATEUS Labs (Vila Real,Pt)
15/11/2023 – 30/04/2024 – MATTER of KINSHIP – MATERIA de AFINIDADES, solo exhibition at Casa de Mateus, Pt
18/11/20223 – 13/01/2024 – WILD RENAISSANCE, curated by G. Logé at Galerie JOUSSE, Paris
03/12/2023 – GARDEN OF KNOWLEDGE / Tuin van Verwondering for Bildnis in MuZee, Oostende
18/12/2023 – 07/01/2024 – SCIENCE ON THE EDGE OF CHAOS. Pop-up exhibition at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek Royale Albertina, Brussels
20.12.2023 – ECOLOGIES OF ART: WAYS OF MAKING, CONSERVING, and KNOWING. Workshop & lecture at the Utrecht University, dep. Art History
Exhibitions, Residencies, workshops and Lectures 2024
01.04.-31.12.2024 – Pollinations
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