a durational performance with the sea
with AnneMarie Maes, Margarita Maximova, Mieke Franquet, Erland Jacobsen
AUGUST 5, between 8:00 and 10:00 & between 20:00 and 22:00

Early in the morning and late in the evening, between low and high tide, the Theatrum Algaerium rises from the sea. Metal frames hold the fluttering weeds. Glass jars fill up with seawater, their round shapes are acting like a lens and focus on the morphology of the floating algae.
Theatrum Algaerium works with organisms of the sea. In an associative way, we meander through the algarium and create a narrative that is woven from the threads of past, present and future. In their lab performers prepare bits & bites from the sea. These delicacies are offered to the visitors and passers-by in petri dishes. The waves threaten to swallow up the lab, but in a repetitive action, structures, algae and jars are carried past the flood line and end up in the cabin of Pleasure Island. There, the Theatrum Algaerium finds a home for the day, and the Laminaria website+archive can also be visited.


Theatrum Algaerium, performance/installation i.s.m. Pleasure Island, Oostende. Off-Theater aan Zee.
Sportbeach Ostend (in front of Royal Palace). Thursday 5 August, from 8:00 to 10:00 and from 20:00 to 22:00.
Generation Y, a project by Michele A in Manchester (School of Art) and online. June-July2021
During the exhibition Generation Y, the work of AnneMarie Maes is hosted by APIAN, a machine for exploring the age-old interspecies relationship between bees and humans. Take a look at their incredibly beautiful and interesting website: http://www.apian.ch and on Instagram: apian.ch
Laminaria. A performative project presentation during a North Sea walk, an exhibition on algae, water and tentacular feelings. Performance August 5 2021, sports beach Ostend. Ongoing online.
Emergent Gallery Veurne. Abstracte Kunst bestaat niet. From 31.10.2021 to 9.01.2022



AnneMarie Maes is a multidisciplinary artist, founder of So-on & Looking Glass and co-founder of Okno in Brussels.
In her research-based practice she combines art and science, with a particular focus on biotechnology, ecosystems and almost-alchemical processes. She works with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including live organisms.
She was a researcher at the Open Biolab Brussels (Erasmus Hogeschool Brussels, 2019) and a STARTS-resident (Science, Technology & the Arts) at the Hybrid Forms Lab (department of Biophysics at VU Amsterdam 2019-2020). She was part of the Fieldnotes expedition of the Finnish BioArt Society in Kilpisjärvi (Fi, 2018). She developed projects in Artist Residency Programs at JRC/ISPRA (Resonances II, 2016), FabLab Barcelona (2016) and with the Art in Public Space Program in Hamburg, Germany (2018-2020). She worked in Berlin (De), Barcelona (Es), and Venice (It). She has written several articles for journals and has authored several artist books.
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. Shewas awarded an Honourable Mention at Ars Electronica 2017 for her ongoing research project The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive.


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