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 and BioLab Erasmus Hogeschool Brussel).
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.

4 months later … no maintenance due to Covid19 … bacteria leading their own life


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.


OORTREDERS: Changing ecologies & new narratives, Pelt, Belgium from 23 to 25 October 2020
VERBINDING: an exhibition produced by RASA, with opening at Verbeke Foundation (Be) on 10 October 2020, later on tour in Belgium
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
MESH ART: exhibition ‘Op Hetzelfde Moment’, Vivenkapelle (Be) from 12 July to August 9 – POSTPONED to 2021
ELBBIENEN at Entenwerter – Art in Public Space: Living sculpture & talk, Entenwerter1 Hamburg (de), Saturday 11 July 2020
ART OF CHANGE: the French Biodiversity Office at the IUCN World Conservation Congress in Marseille (Fr), June 10 to June 19 – 2020 – POSTPONED
SALOON#12: studio visit Saloon Brussels, Sunday 14 June 2020
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
L’HUMAIN QUI VIENT: presentation & panel discussion at Le Fresnoy (Fr) seminar/colloquium – 28/29 April 2020 – POSTPONED (5-7 November 2020)
BIOFAB WEEKEND: presentation and workshop at Glimps, Gent (Be) – 25/26 April 202 – POSTPONED (26-28 June 2020 or 3-5 July 2020)
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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