SHAPESHIFTERS – Beursschouwburg, Brussels (12/12/17)

Lectures in 2017 | In this edition, we continue to explore to what extent nature can be altered, bent, or hacked by the interference of designers and artists. How do they facilitate the visualisation of transformations and complex processes in our natural systems?
Six designers/researchers reflect on how these evolutions lead to fundamental shifts on our Anthropocene planet and beyond.


AnneMarie Maes (BE) | 12 December 2017
AnneMarie Maes is an artist and a researcher. Her art meanders on the edge of biology, ecology and technology. Her research practice combines art and science with a strong interest for DIY technologies. 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 artifacts 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. In her Laboratory for Form and Matter she studies the processes by which Nature creates form.
AnneMarie Maes is a founding artist and director of several non-profit art collectives as Looking Glass, So-on and Okno.

Iohanna Nicenboim (DE) | 12 December 2017
Iohanna Nicenboim is a designer and researcher at the TUDelft, focused on designing connected interactions in emerging data ecosystems. Her practice often shows a provocative approach towards technology, and the way it relates to society. Her design work was presented at festivals like Fiber, FutureEverything and Transmediale, and received the 2015 Internet of Things Award for the best Design Fiction project.