2016 – MADE@EU – residency + exhibitions Fablab Barcelona

‘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.

watch the Guerilla Beehive movie on YouTube

Participants initially joined the project via workshops in their home institutions. A series of residencies followed where artists have been given access to traditional and digital facilities, along with concentrated technical support.
The emphasis has not been on producing finished objects so much as an exploration of technical and aesthetic possibilities.

Madeat.EU Residency (May/June) at Fab Lab Barcelona / IAAC (Institute of Advanced Architecture Catalunya) – More info on the wiki: made@EU – Guerilla Beehives
Madeat.EU Exhibition – 21-23 June at In3dustry in the FIRA de Barcelona
The Gallery at Plymouth College of Art, from August 31st to September 9th, 2016.


During the Fab Lab Barcelona residency, AnneMarie Maes started to develop the Guerilla Beehive Project.
The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is a functional and organic sculpture, a shelter for swarming bee colonies. The biomimetic-inspired design is shaped upon the needs of the bees: it has the the ideal inner volume for a developing colony, it is mobile and easily deployable on different spots in public space. The object is made out of smart organic materials with useful biomimetic properties in respect to temperature fluctuation, humidity and ventilation. Once the colony decides to leave the hive, the shelter will decompose completely. It is a cradle to cradle design.

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.
A lot of her artistic work involves a strong engagement with the biological and computing sciences as well as DIY technologies and digital fabrication. By creating imaginative and poetic sculptures and images AnneMarie Maes explores the interaction between nature and culture through the lens of material science and biology.