In the 1980s and 1990s a new wind was blowing in many sciences, based on the realization that various complex phenomena in Nature can be understood by viewing them as self-organizing dynamical systems. Typical examples are tornados, meandering rivers, paths formed by ant colonies, chemical oscillations, patterns on a zebra skin, honeycombs in beehives, coordinated activities in neural networks in the brain, crashes in the stock market, and many more. A new science of complex systems was born coinciding with profound mathematical developments in fractal geometry, chaos theory and the study of large-scale networks.
Artist Anne Marie Maes installed her mobile studio on the grounds of Casa de Mateus. She carefully observed the different ecologies and responded with interventions to the specific aspects of the vast domain. With her work, she subtly introduces angles that show the site from a new perspective. Her interventions break the daily routines of the site and make others look at the environment of Casa de Mateus with new eyes.
Pourquoi peut-on parler de l’émergence d’une nouvelle forme de perspective en art, quelque six cents ans après les théorisations de la perspective linéaire de la Renaissance des XVe et XVIe siècles qui ont ouvert la voie de la modernité ? Quelles sont les caractéristiques de cette nouvelle perspective ? De quelles façons est-elle intimement liée au contexte écologique que nous connaissons ? Que dit-elle de notre époque et qu’ouvre-t-elle comme horizons?
Just as human skin carries the imprints of time, bacterial grown skins age and transform. Within their folds, memories are preserved, silently narrating the stories of their existence. Memories reside not only in the folds of these Sensorial Skins but also in the smells they emit. A specific scent can transport us back to a particular moment, evoking a sense of nostalgia and temporal connection.
Pour la Nuit Blanche 2023, Point Éphémère présente les installations de trois artistes lauréates d’ISEA2023, le 28ème Symposium International de la Création Numérique. Dasha Ilina, Yoon Chung Han et Anne Marie Maes sont trois artistes issues de divers horizons. Si les pratiques de ces dernières varient, elles ont pour point commun de porter une réflexion sur les questions de technologie, de biologie et de sciences.
In residence throughout the year, Belgian bio-artist Anne Marie Maes - whose practice combines art and science with a special interest in biotechnology, ecosystems, and alchemical processes - will install her Laboratory of Form and Matter at Casa de Mateus. A place of discovery of the biodiversity present within the Foundation's perimeter, this atelier & laboratory will also be the place to unfold the infinite forms of visual representation of what is around us: the nature we see, but also what we don't see, such as bacteria that produce fabrics or invent new palettes.
À quoi ressemblera le monde de demain ? Depuis des siècles, les sociétés essayent de donner une réponse à cette question et de se projeter dans le futur, si proche et si lointain. Nous avons beau élaborer les théories de futurologie ou faire tourner des outils des prédictions statistiques, face au temps, l’imagination est la seule réelle porte d'entrée dans le futur.
Des premières peintures rupestres à l’imagerie générée par ordinateur, l’être humain produit des images avec lesquelles il pense le monde et auxquelles il attribue diverses fonctions : intermédiaires au sein d’interactions sociales, icônes, objets de savoir, indices...
Let's Fill This Town With Artists, #3, a groupshow (with Myrthe van der Mark and Saddie Choua) curated by Charlotte Crevits at AHWNN gallery. Anne Marie Maes presents multiple artworks, all emerging from a close contact with the sea. The works figure as an installation, operating on the border between sapiens and fauna.
Le projet Symbiosium (Cosmogonies Spéculatives) réunit artistes, penseurs, créateurs rassemblés autour de démarches artistiques qui sondent la question du vivant, de sa temporalité réductible, la question de la structuration de la réalité et des récits qui la virtualisent. L’exposition est conçue comme un véritable laboratoire de création et d’idées proposé à tous les publics pendant 7 semaines
From 16/2/2023 to 30/3/2023, the Kunsthalle Mulhouse will host Alchimia Nova, an exhibition by Belgian artist Anne Marie Maes, from February 17 to April 30, 2023. For more than 15 years, the artist has been taking a non-anthropocentric look at the world, focusing her research on the symbiotic relationship between all living micro-organisms, including plants, bacteria and fungi.
CYFEST is one of the world’s few nomadic cultural events: in 2022 festival projects (contemporary art, performances and music) will be shown in Yerevan, Armenia, Dartington (UK) and Arizona and New York (USA). The theme of the festival in 2022 is Ferment. The authors of works presented at CYFEST-14 study the diversity of fermentation both as a biological process, and in the broader metaphorical sense.
Overal op zee neemt de activiteit toe. Zonder aan de zee iets te vragen. Zes kunstenaars, die gefascineerd ‘werken’ met de zee, stellen dat in vraag. Heeft de mens geen andere keuze dan de omgeving uit te buiten? Terwijl de industrie waarde put uit de oceaan, onderzoeken zij hoe de zee in haar waarde te laten. Verschillende stemmen spreken voor de zee.
Biotopia is an exhibition that plunges us into the universe of the living beings that populate our planet. The exhibition brings together artists and researchers who question the central position of humans in the world. Biotopia proposes a shifted point of view, immersing ourselves in the heart of non-human societies and opening ourselves up to the diversity of ways of being.
'I sing to you about flowers and colors and smells’ is an immersive multimedia installation by Brussels-based artist Anne Marie Maes. The installation is part of the long term research project ‘Bee Agency’. The soundscape is composed with field recordings made in the beehives of the artist and is mixed with electronics. The installation is working on all senses with a focus on smell.
O Sweet Spontaneous Earth, issu du poème éponyme de E.E. Cummings, est le titre donné à cet ensemble de propositions qui essayent de labourer la terre telle une matière philosophique. Si la saison « Réclamer La Terre » s’attache à mettre à jour des ramifications nouvelles pour des artistes qui nous aident à penser et ressentir une nature chargée, intensifiée, engagée, fouillant la terre au sens propre et figuré, mettant en avant des récits oubliés ou même à inventer,
Einde jaren 1980. De Canadese kunstenaar Royden Rabinowitch is te gast in Museum Sztuki te Łódź, Polen. Wanneer directeur Ryszard Stanisławski de term “geometric abstract art” in de mond neemt, riposteert Rabinowitch: “But Mr Stanisławski, there is no such thing as geometric abstract art.” Er volgt een ietwat ongemakkelijke stilte. Dan keert de directeur zich naar de kunstenaar en vraagt: “How do you know that?”
Laminaria is a website documenting and comparing marine ecosystems in Europe. Laminaria operates on the border between sapiens and fauna. It outlines possible futures in a new bio/techno/natural world, a universe that is at once terrestrial and aquatic, a prerequisite for future coexistence.
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.
The project “Generation Y” deals with the issues around the role of art in the current environmental crisis. By selecting a series of art projects and presenting them via the online medium Instagram, curator Michele A wants to create a prolific ground on which build a new understanding of the use of technology towards finding new sustainable solutions.
In an era where anthropocentrism defines more than ever the relationship we as humans build with nature, shifting the centre of attention can become a revolutionary act. The exhibition WOVEN BY NATURE presents a selection of sculptures and installations about the potential of algae and bacteria. Investigating the origin of life as we know it, the works are plunging the viewer in an aquatic atmosphere where blue-green algae are cultured in handmade glass containers that grow on metal structures.
‘Sensorial Skins’ focuses on the sculptural capacities of everyday organic materials: skins, membranes and biofilms. Sensorial Skins are complex surfaces of contact. They arouse our senses through their materiality, their textures, their pigments and their smells. Some of these fabrics are grown by bacteria, others are the result of transformative processes reminiscent of an alchemical practice but now grounded in fieldwork and scientific methodology.
(en) OORtreders Festival is a 3-day celebration of sound within the landscape of the Limburg Canal Zone. From early morning concerts to deep listening sessions; the festival explores introvert and exciting formats, on the cutting edge of sound and society. This year’s programme changing ecologies & new narratives connects audiences and artists in minimal settings, exploring the unclassifiable relationship between humans and nature through sound.
The Meakusma Weekend will take place in Eupen, Belgium from September 4th to 6th. As an alternative to the Meakusma Festival, which had to be canceled due to the Covid-19 crisis, the Meakusma Festival will be presented in adapted form. There will be genre-crossing live concerts and DJ sets as well as radio art and panel discussions with performing artists. There will also be sound installations, isolated concerts and performances at various locations in Eupen.
In 2019, Dirck Möllman, Hamburg’ city curator, invited AnneMarie Maes for his Urban Art project the Hamburg Maschine (Hamburg Machine), which draws on topics as: ‘What functions can art in future public space have?’ and ‘What meaning will art obtain in a technological society?” The work of AnneMarie Maes fits perfectly to make a complex city feasible and graspable as a machinical texture. She visualizes and exemplifies these big questions gives them an artistic materiality enhanced by modern technology.
The STARTS Residencies Days will take place at CENTQUATRE Paris, France to present some of the main achievements of the STARTS Residencies programme and showcase the results of 3 years of art, technology and science collaborations involving more than 100 artists, scientists and engineers.
Gluon and Cleantech Hub Snowball have joined forces in 2019 to become a Regional STARTS Center. The Regional European centers launch initiatives at the intersection of Science, Technology and Arts to stimulate digital disruptions and more inclusive and sustainable forms of innovation in the industry. In 2019 the EU launched The New Green Deal as Europe's 'man on the moon moment'. An ambitious plan that would make Europe the first climate-neutral continent by 2050.
Sensorial Skin est une installation de bio-art autour de la tactilité des matières organiques, de couleurs naturelles visuellement attrayantes et de parfums subtils, dans la-quelle les différents composants concourent à faire de l’œuvre une expérience à appréhender à plusieurs niveaux. Il s’agit ici de microbiologie, du monde où des mi-cro-organismes instaurent des relations mutualistes ou parasitaires entre eux pour créer, tisser des structures ou décomposer des matériaux.
This exhibition celebrates the LABORATORIUM/Color biolab and its four years of investigating the color field, offering a transdisciplinary approach to both art and science, in collaboration with María Boto Ordóñez and Kristel Peters, curated by Alice Lefebvre and Bert Puype.
Caput (head): Since Darwin, it is clear that flowers and bees engage in an evolutionary race. The honeybee is a complex insect with numerous sensorial features which are matching perfectly with the demands of sensual plants. The black-and-white photographs reveal the elaborate design of some dissected parts of flowers and honeybees. All samples are collected in the Urban Bee Lab, Maes’ apiary and rooftop garden laboratory in the centre of Brussels.
The 2019 RIXC Festival 2019 aims at complicating the pervasively employed notion of “green” by providing a cross-disciplinary platform for the discussions and artistic interventions exploring one of the most paradoxical and broadest topics of our times. The festival will feature the “Un/Green” exhibition opening that takes place in the Latvian National Museum of Art, and the 4th Open Fields conference which aims to ‘un-green' greenness,
Globalization and the digital world have made traditional borders fluid, generating an incessant flow of people, information and culture. The traditional barriers between the center and the periphery have fallen, and the territory tends to turn into a unique system composed of variously extended and densely populated areas.
Eco‐visionaries (25/05/2019 - 29/10/2019) presents twelve national and international artistic positions that explore the new connections between the biosphere and the technosphere, the latter marked by the imperative presence of the human being on a planet of limited resources. It is precisely these relationships that the exhibition debates, through a selection of aesthetic and conceptual approaches, utopian narratives and counter‐models to share with a wide audience.
The art project 'Ludwigshafen hums and buzzes' calls attention to the relationship between humankind and nature, by means of an exhibition as well as an intervention in the public space of the city of Ludwigshafen. The project is concerned with the pollinator decline which has been observed over the last decades and has resulted in a considerable reduction in the number of flying insects.
In April 2018, Dirck Möllmann was appointed as the new independent city curator of Hamburg. His program Hamburg Maschine (Hamburg Machine) brings together individual artistic positions, art activism, and discursive elements that establish a tangible and accessible artistic practice. By drawing on the history of public art, the program will open up new paths for urban art in Hamburg.
Wanneer kunst, wetenschap, design en technologie hun krachten bundelen, komen ze tot prikkelende en wederzijdse inzichten. De beelden, gedachten en producten die eruit voortkomen verruimen zowel de kennis, de verbeelding als de toekomstperspectieven. Leve[n]de Kunst: ontmoeting tussen kunst, design en (micro)bio(techno)logie. Symposium over de bijzondere meerwaarde van interdisciplinariteit. Tentoonstelling met werk van kunstenaars, designers en wetenschappers.
The work of AnneMarie Maes makes the invisible visible. Her research has always been on the borderline between nature, art and science. She creates with a range of biological, digital and traditional media, including bacteria and other organisms. The choice of materials is a primary aspect of her artworks. The physical and aesthetic features of the materials she works with determine the forms of the individual sculptures, objects or textiles. Her artworks are appealing to touch and smell, but as well they attract the spectator in an aesthetic and visual way.
Ecological research inspired by the ecosystem of beehives The Bee Agency installation is based on Annemarie Maes’ work on bee colonies and the threat faced by these “intelligent superorganisms” which respond to environmental influences as bio-indicators. The Belgian artist studies the close interaction between beehives and urban ecosystems while experimenting with a wide range of technologies. One example of this is her Intelligent Guerilla Beehive (an intelligent beehive made of microbial skin, designed to withstand external attacks) which responds to external environmental stimuli.
Brussels in SongEun: Imagining Cities Beyond Technology 2.0 engages in a social-political discourse that involves citizens and various interest groups on the following question, namely what constitutes a desirable smart city in an era of technological revolution? Contemporary cities are magnets that attract growing numbers of people, resources, ideas, opportunities and knowledge.
Ispirato dall'intelligenza, dalla complessità e dall'auto-organizzazione delle colonie di api, l'Intelligent Guerilla Beehive è un'installazione biologica (cioè una scultura costruita con materiali organici e utilizzando metodi di fabbricazione digitale open source come la stampa 3D) che fornisce agli spettatori un'esperienza visiva e audio artistica di attività all'interno e intorno ad un alveare. Le api sono bio-indicatori.
The hive mind: from echo-manipulation to eco-pollinization. From 22th to 24th of November, an international group of artists will meet at the PIKSEL Festival in Bergen. Throughout concerts, installations, performances, workshops and presentations, artists will share artistic ways to look at bio-data and ecosystems. Buzzocrazy! The Piksel18 festival slogan points to the new era of “post-truth” based on appeals to emotion rather than policies and facts. Stretching the truth can be seen as just part of a game. The post-truth affects how we make sense of the world around us.
In this exhibition more than 10 artists based in the city of Brussels are invited to reflect upon the question of what constitutes a desirable 'intelligent' city in times of digital ubiquity? Through the work of the artists selected, the exhibition seeks to propose critical and creative visions leading to the conceptualization of more human and original cities in times of technological revolution.
Kruisbestuiving van Kunst en Wetenschap leidt tot nieuwe inzichten, zowel wetenschappelijk als artistiek. Technologie maakt nieuwe verbeeldingswijzen mogelijk. Dit symposium met tentoonstelling staat in het teken van deze symbiose. Kunstenaars en wetenschappers gingen samen aan de slag – duik mee in hun creatieproces.
Field_Notes // Ecology of the Senses is an art&science field laboratory at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five groups work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland to develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the notion of Ecology of Senses.
Art, New Media and Ecology After the Anthropocene. The exhibition Eco-Visionaries is dedicated to the topic of ecological change and presents artistic responses to current challenges. It investigates new media, technologies and techno-scientific methods in the arts and their significance for the perception and awareness of the 'ecological.'
May 31st I give a talk on the Intelligent Beehive Project at the Hybrid Labs Symposium (Aalto University, Helsinki, 30/05 to 02/06 2018). Hybrid Labs aims to challenge the future of knowledge creation through art and science. Celebrating 50 years of Leonardo journal and community, the conference will look back into the history of art and science collaboration, with an intent to reconsider and envision the future of hybrid laboratories, where scientific research and artistic practice meet and interact.
The 8th edition of Hiperorgânicos - International Symposium on Research in Art, Hybridization, Biotelematics and Transculturalism, will take place between the 22nd - 27th of May 2018. Hiperorgânicos is an idealization of the Nucleus of Art and New Organisms - NANO - coordinated by the artists researchers Prof. Dr. Guto Nóbrega and Profa. Dr. Malu Fragoso, headquartered at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro/UFRJ, city of Rio de Janeiro. This year the chosen theme is “Ancestorfuturism”.
Beehave (curated by Martina Millà) is an exhibition project that reflects contemporary artists' growing interest in the survival crisis affecting honey bees and many other insect pollinators. Beehave also addresses the current debate about urban beekeeping, a practice that is not yet widespread in large cities in Spain. Accordingly, Beehave broadens the scope of the exhibition to span the entire city with ten urban interventions carried out by local and international artists.
The first edition of Nova XX will happen in Brussels from 9th to 30th December 2017. The main events include an exhibition of 9 installations by artists from Brussels and elsewhere in Europe, as well as a presentation of 7 Brussels Start-ups, and four presentations on different themes. In total, the festival will showcase the work of some 16 female geniuses at the top of their respective hybrid fields of expertise. From art to start-ups, the works presented during the forum will all pay testament to the participants’ unique research process and desire to innovate.
Generation Z, Hacktivate the City - is an introduction to the Bio STARTS Lab (Science, Technology & the Arts) organised by Gluon. The Lab, led by Artist AnneMarie Maes and Biologist Tom Peeters will teach young peoplehow to set off on an interdisciplinary quest for solutions to big city challenges. The young ‘urban activists’ draw their inspiration from the nature in the city and use new digital technologies to come up with ideas, tools and prototypes for a more sustainable Brussels.
Let’s talk about your future. Person to person, as equals. Just like we’ve always been taught to do. But what if I weren’t a human being? What if I were a robot, a chatbot or a self-learning algorithm? Would you still want to talk to me, solicit my opinion? What would you think about me, and how would you come across to me? Would you confide private information to me? And speaking of entrusting—what would I have to do for you to be able to trust me? And what may I under no circumstances do?
The question that has haunted philosophers, politicians and poets since time immemorial is: how can we build a fair world? What would it look like? And what would it involve? Equality of opportunity? Of income? Access to technology? Education for all? Or is it all simply down to geography or chance – and is it all totally out of our control? Are the words of the Universal Declaration as self-evident as they sound in the way in which society works? Inspired by the recent report on Fairness by the Joint Research Centre, the European’ Commission’s leading scientific research and policy-supporting institution, the second Resonances exhibition, Fair/Fear collides scientific research with artistic investigation to provoke conversation and inspire answers.
The Tendencies exhibition unites contrasting narratives of some of the most interesting and intriguing voices in Belgian arts. Tendencies presents artworks that ‘use’ or ‘comment upon’ the latest evolutions in science and technology. Tendencies puts emphasis on works which question scientific and technological innovations as much as they incorporate them. It wants to open up the field of reflection relating to these links and highlight structural analogies between the creators of distinct and complementary fields. The title references the Nove Tendencije movements in the 1960s and 1970s in Zagreb, one of the first European initiatives that reflected upon ‘art as research’.
The CyberArts exhibition at the OK Center for Contemporary Art (Sept.7-Sept17, 2017) features the best works singled out for recognition by the 2017 Prix Ars Electronica. The world’s most coveted prize honoring creativity and pioneering spirit in media art has been awarded annually since 1987. Thousands of artists all over the world submit their works for prize consideration; a jury of experts from throughout the world evaluates the entries and selects the best. Once again this year, the CyberArts exhibition will spotlight an array of outstanding works of media art from all over the world.
Ecovention was a term invented by Amy Lipton and Sue Spaid in 1999 to refer to an ecological art intervention in environmental degradation. The Ecovention movement in art is associated with land art, earthworks, and environmental art, and landscape architecture, but remains its own distinct category. Many ecoventions bear tendencies similar to public works projects such as sewage and waste-water treatment plants, public gardens, landfills, mines, and sustainable building projects. Artists associated with ecovention include: Joseph Beuys, Mel Chin, Agnes Denes, Helen and Newton Harrison, Ocean Earth, Robert Smithson, Alan Sonfist, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles, among others.
The exhibition at Siva Zona / Grey Area (Korcula) reveals a part of the artists’ long-term research towards the ultimate Intelligent Guerilla Beehive, a mobile shelter for homeless honeybees. This radically new device tackles a domain where human and non-human actors collaborate to maintain the resilience of an ecosystem in decline.
This exhibition is a recent solo exhibition of AnneMarie Maes, after group exhibitions in Brussels, Buenos Aires, Barcelona, et al. A new book of her work, entitled 'Alchemia Nova' (with texts by Luc Steels, Edith Doove, Armin Medosh and Darko Fritz and published by Mer. Paper Kunsthalle), will be launched on this occasion. AnneMarie Maes is fascinated in the processes by which Nature creates form: How bees create honeycombs in the hive, how they self-organize into swarms, how plants grow and form geometric patterns, how bacteria and yeast cells collectively create material surfaces forming biofilms.
Realising Potentials: Arts-based sustainability science is a two-day workshop conceived as an experiential site for exploration and dialogue between the arts and sustainability science. The workshop takes place at Barcelona (Spain), November 3rd-4th, 2016 at the Institute of Catalan Studies (Institut d’Estudis Catalans, IEC).
The atelier is set up as an Innovation Lab where new organic materials -bioplastics- will be studied and fabricated. Practical use of these vegetal and bacterially grown materials will be discussed on the basis of the case study the Guerilla Beehive. The atelier is directed by Anne Marie Maes, artist, beekeeper and herbalist.
The neo nomad project, curated by Basak Senova is an initiative of SAPAR CONTEMPORARY GALLERY + Incubator, New York. Neo Nomad consists of a series of media exhibitions, screenings, and presentations. The project explores the potential aspects of “nomadism” by taking the current conditions and realities of migration, globalization and hyper mobility. The neo nomad project focuses on artistic researches and projects in the same frequency
‘Made@EU’ showcases the work of the artists who have been working on residency at Fab Lab Barcelona, 2016. Selected artists are supported by five European institutions working in partnership on a project, funded by Creative Europe, that explores the relation of 3-D digital fabrication technologies to traditional art, craft and designer-maker processes.
With the installation The Raw and The Cooked, AnneMarie Maes researches the artistic possibilities of bioplastics. In her Laboratory for Form and Matter she studies the mechanisms by which nature operates and she investigates how she can use these processes to create her own organic materials. She experiments with a range of organic components and she measures their usability for potential art installations and design applications.
AnneMarie Maes is an artist and researcher. Her work incorporates sculpture, photography, video, installation and public participation. More recently, she founded a 'Laboratory for Form and Matter' to experiment with natural materials grown from fungi and bacteria. She engages with living systems in order to make the invisible structures and processes in nature visible.
BRDCST is Ancienne Belgique’s brand new indoor spring festival with a focus on musical limitlessness. To diversify this new festival the curators of BRDCST take a multidisciplinary approach. They bring together a pool of artists who feel strongly about artistic innovation, and they compose a program based upon a mix of music and fine arts exhibitions. At the AB's old ticketshop, a charming house at Steenstraat 25, a pop-up Bee Bar is installed. The organizers invite AnneMarie Maes & the Brussels Urban Bee Lab to show the art installation 'the Ambition of the Territory', a project triggered by the universe of city honeybees.
31 January 2016, 3-6PM - SciArt Café at artlaboratory-berlin.org. The iGEM team Berlin presents their fourth SciArt Cafe. Under the main theme of "Programming Life - Good Code/ Bad Code?" we will hear scientists and artists working with bioscience and afterwards discuss topics of synthetic biology. Join us on the 31th of January from 3.00 - 6.00 pm at Art Laboratory Berlin. After four warm up talks at ArtLaboratory Berlin, we will start the discussion over food and drinks.
Renewable Futures Conference in Riga, from 8-10 october 2015 The Renewable Futures conference aims to invent new avenues for more sustainable and imaginative future developments. It will shape new contact zones between traditionally separated domains – art and science, academic research and independent creative practices, sustainable businesses and social engagement in the 21st century. The conference of this year will focus on exploring the transformative potential of art in the post-media conditions.
Transformative Ecologies exhibition The exhibition features innovative art science works by Latvian and Belgian artists, who are envisioning sustainable future scenarios with regards to food and energy. The artists have used innovative methods to create sonic, visual and 3D representations of various environmental and biological data collected during their long term techno-ecological researches. With: Gints Gabrans, Rasa Smite And Raitis Smits, Martins Ratniks, AnneMarie Maes, Gert Aertsen, David Debuyser, Voldemars Johansons, Janis Jancevics, Paula Vitola, Rihards Vitols.
Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a discipline within computer science concerned with creating computer programs that exhibit aspects of intelligence. Research started in the late nineteen fifties and has now matured to provide the computational foundations for the web and social media today (for example search engines or data mining). But AI research is more than practical applications. It has always aspired to tell us something about our own intelligence: how humans are able to see, hear, act, think, learn, and speak. AI researchers are increasingly using artistic means to give expression to the fascinating ideas and methods coming from their own research, and artists have begun to employ...
The exhibition Bee Monitoring Devices and Curious Observations is the starting point for the presentation on the research and artistic work of AnneMarie Maes and the Brussels Urban Bee Lab at the Institute of Evolutionary Biology in Barcelona. The work of AnneMarie Maes, media artist and beekeeper, is already since more than six years based on a rigorous research into bees. AnneMarie Maes set up the Brussels Urban Bee Lab in 2009 and this artistic laboratory installed several instrumented beehives on garden roofs in the centre of Brussels. The artists and technicians of Brussels Urban Bee Lab designed sophisticated equipment to monitor and measure the bee colonies, process the...
The 2-year collaborative media art initiative A LABORATORY ON THE OPEN FIELDS is finishing with a distributed festival CONVERGENCE. Four different locations in Brussels are hosting ecological media works created during a larger experimental process. A daily guided walk on 23-24-25 April starting at 2pm connects OKNO, Tour&Taxis, Overtoon, and the Brussels Urban Bee Lab. Collaboration works! 4 partner organizations, and 40 artists within a common program. Join them for ideal quiet afternoon city trip. A custom made open source app and web environment, PVC is rendering the extended festival locations from Saint-Nazaire, Praha and Hranice, Brussels and the Atlantic Coast visible on the spot.
While public authorities are ranking cultural production down in their priority list, the economic practice of the fair is being challenged. Can the art market be combined with cultural innovation? Conceived as an assembly of international organisations, including galleries but also artist-run spaces, curatorial initiatives and other non-profit spaces, POPPOSITIONS aims to occupy an independent, critical position during Art Brussels. With its international presence growing every year, POPPOSITIONS has built a cutting-edge profile that is here to stay. POPPOSITIONS 2015 will take place from the 24 - 27 April from 12:00 until...
The exhibition is dedicated to both city beekeeping and artistic projects involving bees. Beekeeping attracted the attention of artists from day one. City beekeeping a few years ago has become a popular pastime, and today we can see hives on the rooftops of cultural institutions, restaurants and shopping centers, or in city parks and gardens. One thing is shared among most city beekeepers: the desire to do things differently, and not with the primary goal to harvest as most of the honey as possible. In addition, in cities more than in the countryside various forms of community beekeeping are being established. Urban Beeing....
The Invisible Garden is a large-size art installation in the exhibition ‘the Green Light District : the place of Nature in the city of Men’. The garden is a remake of the Edible Forest Garden, the Open Air Laboratorium created by the artist AnneMarie Maes on her rooftop in the center of Brussels. The Invisible Garden is a sitespecific project that reverses the relation between nature and art. The transitions between inside and outside, culture and staged nature, become fluid and transitory. I ask questions about the current state of our ecosystems, about the use of green spaces in our cities, and I want to provoke a dialogue about the different elements that make up the physical reality of our urban landscape that is in a constant transformation.
Following the exhibition Fields (Riga, 2014), we were asked by Armin Medosh to contribute to a series on Kunstradio Vienna, produced by Elisabeth Zimmerman. The exhibition Fields showed works by artists, agriculturalists, designers, technologists and scientists that are truly transdisciplinary and blur the boundaries between different disciplines or fields in a very profound way, and on top are of a socially transformative character. These works now find continuation through on- and offline projects. This broadcast series entitled 'Kunst Fields' presents work by 6 artists who participated in the show and a 7th work by curator Armin Medosch. This work called Wild Ontologies looks at creatively...
'The Olfactory' is a travelling scent exhibition concept in a movable container. It aims to exhibit a widest possible range of Olfactory Art. Each exhibition displays only for 2 days, there are 33 exhibitions spread over 6 weeks. The Olfactory resides on a fixed central spot at the Mad-Faculty, University College PXL in Hasselt and UHasselt (University of Hasselt) Belgium. From there, The Olfactory will travel to the Muhka Museum in Antwerp and the VUB (Free University Brussels). The Olfactory is organized by Peter the Cupere -a visual artist working with fragrance- and gets the support of the Mad-Faculty Mad-Research, University College PXL and the University of Hasselt.
What is the outcome if work on novel ict - Information and Communication Technologies - is linked with artistic expression? This is the question asked by the ict art connect.study and the question raised during a series of participations in events of other ongoing activities in the field. ict art connect.study is ran by iMinds and Artshare for dg connect - European Commission. The study aims at characterizing and connecting artistic communities of ict researchers at all levels. From this analysis, recommendations will be drawn for a dg connect strategy to engage more broadly...
Café Europa is a project initiated by Mons 2015, European Capital of Culture. With the theme ‘where culture meets technology’, it is the intention is to bring new technologies closer to the public at large. Café Europa appropriates the social qualities of a traditional café, but merges them with the creative opportunities coming along with new technologies. Café Europa is a multi-functional, architecturally flexible, mobile space that can be adapted to the needs of the local context as well as connecting other places in Europe with a similar nature into a creative network. The Innovation Labs at Café Europa Riga are curated by the team of RIXC. The curators aim to shape new contact zones be...
For the Riga 2014 exhibition FIELDS I present the multi media installation FORAGING FIELDS. Foraging Fields is composed of several artistic works, all documenting a specific part of the Bee Research Laboratory. The complexity of the installation illustrates the significant interaction of bee colonies and their surroundings on different levels. More information on the installation is available from the Foraging Fields booklet. Details of the artworks can be found via the links below.
Annemie Maes gives a workshop for the students design and graphic design at the Luka school of art. The scattering of seeds-lecture is addressing topics as artist collectives, local and international art networks and platforms for collaboration, as well as online collaborations between artists, international dissemination and collaborations between artists and scientists. The importance of collaborative online tools as wiki's, print on demand, opensource databases and open servers philosophy will also be discussed. Presented case studies are the City Bee Monitoring Project and the Urban Corridors Project as research interfaces towards sustainable cities of the future.
The exhibition Scientific Inquiries is taking place from november 7th, 2013 to december 7th 2013. The event is curated by Basak Senova on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of Koç University Istanbul. The works on show all focus on art/science collaborations. AnneMarie Maes is presenting the Transparent Beehive Cabinet, an account of a year-long observation of and working with honeybees in several mobile laboratories in the city. During the course of the preparations, invitations were sent to 6 Koç scientists to contribute with text, commentary, notes, or objects from their personal position. Many different scientific disciplines touch on b...
Winning Hearts and Minds, A project by Critical Art Ensemble, is a daily encounter at the 13th Documenta Festival in Kassel, Germany. In this area, reminiscent in its remoteness of “free speech zones” recently established in the US (Guantanamo Camp X-ray, for example), a lecture takes place every day at noon, for the 100 days of dOCUMENTA (13). Lecturers can sign up through an “open call” system on critical-art.net. Selected projects can engage in whatever free speech they want. It takes place at a house at the far end of the Hauptbahnhof, close to the railway tracks. This salon discusses the theoretical bases and ecological and technological foundations of Urban Corridors and cha...
In April, May and August 2013 Annemie Maes organized a three-part bee monitoring workshop at Valldaura Self Sufficient Lab in Barcelona. Prior to the event she developed together with Jon Mitchin and John Rees (at the Fab Lab Barcelona) several beehives, making use of Warré’s and OpenStructures principles to make them more sustainable. They had equally been developing a sensor-equipped measuring device that tracks the temperature and humidity changes on the inside and outside of the hive and as such reveals how ecological factors affect the bees’ behavior.
Taking an ecological approach to observing patterns in time and space systems is a very current direction to tackle environmental issues. This discussion focuses attention on observations of an historical nature as well as considering emerging patterns in our individual and collective attitude to Nature, ecology and the environment. Recently, several projects – highly evolved in both concept and process- emerged. Some of these case studies are used as primary foci of exemplification in order to explain the dialectics between Humanity and the environment through artistic capture. These dialectics also bring into relation the significance and future implications of fledgling initiatives in regions w...
Open, O Sesami. Open, O Green. Open, O Fields. A chance meeting in the name of Green Rush. This chance meeting on the occasion of composting the city/ composting the net launch at transmediale2013 brings together partners and projects of green rush. In 2009, Nomadisch Grün launched prinzessinnengärten at Moritzplatz in Berlin Kreuzberg, cultivated a wasteland into a vibrant, self-sustainable urban farming/gathering site. In 2012, a 'Let it grow' campaign calls for public support to stop the land from being sold by the Property Fund. Alotof, A Laboratory On The Open Fields, is an okno (Brussels) initiative to develop framework and structures,
Annemie Maes is invited by Professor Josep Perello of the Universitat de Barcelona and the Barcelona Laboratori to introduce a series of workshops on Urban Beekeeping for artists and scientists. The workshop offers the opportunity to work at the intersections of artistic, scientific and technological practices in the field of urban beekeeping. Urban bees are quality sensors of the city where we live but, how can we capture and decode all the information they provide? During these two days, we will build and install a kit of sensors in a hive at the Three Dragon...
Nature and culture; this has always been a tense relationship. Whereas culture was once meant to protect man from nature, we now have to protect nature from culture. In spite of all our ecological intentions, we even now consider that nature exists ‘for us’. Climate change, the world population explosion and diminishing stocks of many natural resources are putting increasing pressure on this anthropocentric attitude, but there is still no sign of any about-turn. Nature must in the first place be of economic use, and should furthermore provide us with a degree of aesthetic pleasure. In the fifth Burning Ice, Kaaitheater is showing the work of artists inspired by the rising tension between nat...
Hortus is an interactive ecologic and economic installation in a garden, and a Salon where a discussion will take place about (im)possible futures. The salon sessions are at 12am and 5pm every day at the Erasmus house in English and/or in Dutch. Each session will have between one and 3 speakers and one moderator and will be recorded to be viewed on the website of Kaaitheater and prolong the discussion online. Two texts specially written for this Salon will reflect two hypothetical scenarios for two different periods: 2020 and 2084. Their structure is similar but their content suggests different political, cultural, environmental and social approaches to the same issues.
The Transparent Beehive installation was selected by OKNO to participate in the OpenHouseBrussels Festival. For the first time in Brussels 24 artistic laboratories and alternative management offices have joined together to show their practices and research in an Open House event dedicated to both public and professionals. Focusing rather on artistic research processes than on final products, these structures provide national and international artists with time, space and tools to develop their works. With Open House these multi-disciplinary organisations take the opportunity to strengthen their bonds and show once again that Brussels is more than ever a creative and dynamic artists’ city. The O...
Time Inventors' Kabinet [TIK] is a collaborative experiment with time. For the last two years, a series of artists and thinkers have made an attempt to devise the future of an alternative and ecological time. This transdisciplinary project focuses on non-linearity and parallelism. All kinds of environmental information; be it a city, a field or beehive, can be transformed into sound and vision. Wind time maintains a distributed network that connects gardens in rural areas and cities, bringing them together in non-conventional relational databases, forming one long open green that has its own notion of time. The TIK festival has rounded up the participants...
This two-day workshop discusses what can be done to facilitate a process to connect art and ICT and determines why this could make a difference. It tries to formulate questions that arise when art and ICT connect and then finds potential answers. During the meeting scientists and artists from across Europe talk about their work connecting art and ICT, and their motivations and expectations for doing that. The event starts with presentations that take stock of ongoing collaborations, presentations from artists outlining their motivations, and from institutions that already have made dialogues between art and science part of their agenda. This helps to formalise the processes needed for creative...
This fourth edition of Burning Ice -'It's the economy, stupid!'- will be built up around the theme of economy. Climate change confronts us with the consequences of our actions. It turns our world-view with its endless growth completely upside down. Our civilisation appears to be underpinned by waste, excess and fundamental inequality.
The Signals from the South exhibition is organised by Pixelache festival in collaboration with MUU Gallery. Pixelache Helsinki (2-5 April) is a festival of electronic art and subcultures, organised since 2002. Signals from the South’ is an annual showcase of projects from ‘the South’ (South America, Africa, Asia). This year’s exhibition features work by Venzha Christ / Yogyakarta New Media Art Laboratory (Indonesia), Geraldine Juaréz (Mexico), Annemie Maes (Belgium), Vanessa Gocksch & Juan Carlos Pellegrino (Colombia).
How to save the world in 10 days? Global warming, the financial crisis, famine, drought and overpopulation… The end is near, but don’t despair: artists and experts from different disciplines will launch proposals to save the world, put the threat in perspective or blow up the whole thing. Well-aimed happenings, bold statements, bizarre turns, sophisticated utopias and biodegradable references. Annemie Maes has made a documentary wall with pictures, videos, and interviews she gathered during her field research at Barefoot College. In this Indian community, illiterate grown-up women are technically trained so they can personally provide their village with sustainable energy wit...