AnneMarie Maes is an artist who has been studying the close interactions and co-evolutions within urban ecosystems. Her research practice combines art and science, with a keen interest in DIY technologies and biotechnology. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms. Her artistic research is materialised in techno-organic objects that are inspired by factual/fictional stories; in artefacts 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. On the rooftop of her studio in Brussels (BE) she has created an open-air lab and experimental garden where she studies the processes that nature employs to create form. Her research provides an ongoing source of inspiration for her artworks. The Bee Agency as well as the Laboratory for Form and Matter -in which she experiments with bacteria and living textiles – provide a framework that has inspired a wide range of installations, sculptures, photography works, objects and books – all at the intersection of art, science and technology. In 2017, she received an Honorary Mention in the Hybrid Art category at Ars Electronica for the Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive project.

L’Origine du Monde (AnneMarie Maes in collaboration with the Hybrid Forms Laboratory Amsterdam).
Can we use bacteria as a power source? 
‘L’origine du monde’ is an artistic representation of research into the possibilities of cyanobacteria and micro-algae as source for renewable energy and novel biodegradable materials. The installation shows a strongly enlarged bacterial chain made from glass cells. Every cell is filled with cyanobacteria producing realtime photosynthesis. Together they form a complex microbial population that communicates via quorum sensing and reduces CO2 emission whilst producing biopolymers.

L’Origine du Monde (bacterial chain), will be shown from 6 to 27 February 2020 at Snowball/ Regional STARTS Kortrijk, Belgium and from 27 February to March 1 at Le 104 in Paris as part of the final exhibition of the STARTS residencies.


AnneMarie Maes has exhibited in art centres and at festivals around the world. She has a strong international profile, having exhibited among others at BOZAR in Brussels, Koç University Gallery in Istanbul, Borges Center in Buenos Aires, Arsenals Museum of Contemporary Art in Riga, Juan Miro Foundation in Barcelona, the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin, Museum de Domeinen in Sittard, the Science and Technology museum in Milano, MAAT museum and Calouste Gulbenkian museum in Lissabon, NANO University Gallery Rio de Janeiro, SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul, Haus der electronischer Kunste in Basel and the Golden Pavillion of the Art in Public Space Program, Hamburg.


OPEN BIOLAB BRUSSELS, February 2019 – lectures and workshops throughout the year
MILANO DIGITAL WEEK, Milan, Italy, 13-17 March 2019
IMAGINING CITIES BEYOND TECHNOLOGY 2.0, SongEunArtSpace Seoul, Korea – 25 March to 8 June 2019
MIRAGE FESTIVAL, Lyon, France – from April 3 to April 7 2019
ALCHIMIA NOVA, solo at n0dine Brussels, Belgium – from April 24 to May 4 2019 (Art Brussels)
leve[n]de kunst, exhibition & symposium, Paleis der Academieën Brussels – 26 April 2019
ELBBIENEN, the Hamburg Machine / Art in Public Space, Hamburg, Germany – opening May 1 2019
LUDWIGSHAFEN HUMS and BUZZES, Wilhelm Hack museum Ludwigshafen, Germany – 18 May to 14 July 2019
ECO-VISIONARIOS, Laboral, Gijon, Spain – from 24 May 2019 to 26 October 2019
RURAL DESIGN WEEK, San Potito Sannitico, Italy – from 31May to 09 June 2019
UN/GREEN: Naturally Artificial Intelligences, Riga, Latvia – 6 July to 22 September 2019
ARS ELECTRONICA 2019, Gluon Gallery Space @ Ars Electronica 2019, from 3 to 10 Sept. 2019
SENSORIAL SKIN, Vertigo/Starts Research at the Hybrid Forms Lab, VU Amsterdam – June 2019 to May 2020
UNLABELLED Color BioLab, Zwarte Zaal Gent, from 6 Sept. to 10 Oct. 2019
HACK THE LAB! talks and workshops at KASK Ghent 3/10/2019 and OpenBioLab Erasmus Brussels 4/10/2019
LE 46 DIGITAL, Centre Wallonie Bruxelles – Paris, du 16 Octobre au 1 Décembre 2019


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