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.
SENSORIAL SKINS + WOVEN BY NATURE is a two-part exhibition organised by 1. PILAR (House of Art and Science, VUB) and 2. iMAL (International Centre for Art and Science in Brussels).
The two exhibitions show complementary work that focuses on the collaboration between microorganisms and humans. The art installations are constructed with the results of fieldwork on the potential of algae and bacteria as weavers of textiles and on how these textiles are transformed into (soft) sculptures of remarkable beauty, creating a new kind of art.
SENSORIAL SKINS (part 1) is exhibited in PILAR (house of art & science of the VUB). Opening on April 8 and running through April 23, 2021.
WOVEN BY NATURE (part 2) is exhibited in iMAL (Art Center for Digital Cultures & Technology). Opening on April 29 and running through May 16, 2021.
UPCOMING EXHIBITIONS, WORKSHOPS AND TALKS
AnneMarie Maes has shown her work 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.
DUE TO THE COVID19 PANDEMIC, SOME OF THE 2020 SHOWS AND TALKS ARE CANCELLED OR POSTPONED TO A LATER DATE.
BIOLAB KASSEL – talk: between Art, Research and Biology. 1 February 2021, online
UNIVERSITY OF BARCELONA, Masterclass Fine Arts: Production and Artistic Research, 9+14/12/2020
GLIMPS.BIO – Masterclass Bio-art at the Glimps bio-labs. 12 December 2020
L’HUMAIN QUI VIENT: presentation & panel discussion at Le Fresnoy (Fr) seminar/colloquium 5+6/11/2020
OORTREDERS: Changing ecologies & new narratives, Pelt, Belgium from 23 to 25 October 2020
RASA: VERBINDING: a Wonder Cabinet exhibition produced by RASA, on tour through Belgium up to 12/2021
MEAKUSMA at IKOB: in context of Meakusma festival, BEE AGENCY at IKOB Eupen, from 4 Sept. to 4 Oct. 2020
MEAKUSMA festival Eupen, Belgium from 4 to 6 September 2020
ELBBIENEN at Entenwerter – Art in Public Space: Living sculpture & talk, Entenwerter1 Hamburg (de), Saturday 11 July 2020
SALOON#12: studio visit Saloon Brussels, Sunday 14 June 2020
MESH ART: exhibition ‘Op Hetzelfde Moment’, Vivenkapelle (Be) from 12 July to August 9 – POSTPONED to 2021
ART OF CHANGE: the French Biodiversity Office at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille (Fr), June 10 to June 19 – 2020 – POSTPONED
LUMA DAYS ARLES: Algae platform presentation at Luma Foundation Arles, 27/28 May 2020 – POSTPONED
ATELIER VISIT: by the master students of Luca School of Art, Ghent (Be) – 16 May 2020, CANCELLED
BAUHAUS CROSS FACULTY WORKSHOP: Interdisciplinary Beehive Project at Bauhaus University, Weimar (De). Workshop with MFA and Phd’s on 20/21 April 2020 – POSTPONED 2021
BEE AGENCY: workshop/presentation at N.A![Project] Brunnstatt (Fr), 8/9 April 2020 – POSTPONED 2021
STARTS FINAL EVENT: le Centquatre, Paris (Fr), from February 27 to March 1, 2020.
THE NEW GREEN DEAL: a Regional STARTS exhibition at Snowball, Kortrijk (Be), from February 6 to March 20 .
SENSORIAL SKIN, Vertigo/Starts Research at the Hybrid Forms Lab, VU Amsterdam – June 2019 to May 2020
ELBBIENEN, art in public space in Hamburg (De), from 1/5/2019 to 31/7/2020
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