AnneMarie Maes in Milan and Seoul

This week AnneMarie Maes takes part in the Milano Digital Week with a presentation of a version of her Guerilla Beehive. In the exhibition that is curated by the Joint Research Center of the EU, Maes was chosen as a representative of the project Resonance II that took place in 2017.

Her installation can be seen at the Palazzo dei Giureconsulti at the Piazza dei Mercanti in Milan until 17 March.

Find more information (in Italian) here.



Glossa + Stimuli (2016, lightboxes 1060mm x 720mm each) – Scanning Electron Micrographs, tongue of a honeybee / dus particle. Duratransprints on plexi, metal, LED lights.
Untitled (Yellow – a tribute to Eva Hesse) (2019, Bio Textile wall piece 650mm x 580mm). Bioplastics, organic dyes, metal washers
Belly (2018) Model for an Intelligent Beehive.
Microbial Cellulose, plaster, honeycomb, electronics

From 25th March 2019 AnneMarie Maes will show her bio-art installation Cabinet #004: Future Archaeology (The Temporal Duration Through Which The Future Is Founded In The Present) in the exhibition Brussels in SongEun: Imagining Cities Beyond Technology 2.0 at SEAS // SongEun ArtSpace in Seoul. This exhibition engages in a social-political discourse that involves citizens and various interest groups on the of what constitutes a desirable smart city in an era of technological revolution?
It assembles a group of seven Brussels-based and four Korean contemporary visual artists: Je Baak, Younes Baba-Ali, Pierre Jean Giloux, LAb[au], LarbitsSisters, Félix Luque Sánchez, AnneMarie Maes, Mioon, Hye Min Park, Beat Streuli and Ji Hye Yeom. Curators of the show are Ramona Van Gansbeke (GLOUN), Minyoung Lee (Art’loft Lee-Bauwens Gallery) and Pooluna Chung (Laurence Geoffrey’s, Ltd.) This group exhibition is presented within the category of SongEun ArtSpace’s annual program of country-specific exhibitions which invites guest curators from a country to present the work of promising artists from the country, such as Delfina in SongEun: Power play (2018), Indonesia in SongEun: Mes56 – Keren Dan Beken (2016), and Italy in SongEun: We Have Never Been Modern (2014).

The main theme of the projects on display is the concept of smart cities. Contemporary cities are magnets that attract growing numbers of people, resources, ideas, opportunities and knowledge. Today, 50% of the world’s population lives in global areas. By 2050, this percentage will have increased to 70%. While the application of new digital technologies in urban spaces has been celebrated for its ability to increase citizens’ well-being, various experiments around the world have revealed how we forget to examine the impact, on various levels, of this digital development in the cities of the future, including on the psychological, ethical, philosophical, social and political level.

With the bio-art installation Cabinet #004: Future Archaeology (The Temporal Duration Through Which The Future Is Founded In The Present) AnneMarie Maes presents a Cabinet of Curiosities, a ‘Wunderkammer’. She appropriates archaeological and other scientific methods of collecting and ordering for the presentation of diverse artefacts. Every object presented on the laboratory tables is the outcome of a particular experiment. The bizarre biomorphic artefacts add a specific rhythm to the installation, but they stand in stark contrast to the strict geometry of the laboratory architecture bathing in pink light: hard and soft oppose each other. In her work AnneMarie Maes adapts scientific methods and biotechnology to explore living systems as artistic subjects. Recently she started a new research project that explores the creation of bio-plastics made by bacteria and algae. Besides being an alternative for plastics, these new materials can also become alternative energy sources or to be used in the construction industry. Future Archaeology offers a concrete starting point for an exploration of possible futures through artistic research on material science and biotechnology. Navigating between a blueprint and a proof of concept, the experiments presented in this installation can be seen as an artifact from the future, a fragment of a world to come.

The exhibition opens Monday 25 March at 6.30pm and runs until 8 June.

Find more info here.

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