Talking with AnneMarie Maes about her project The Bee Laboratory on *DUUURadio

This evening French *DUUURadio airs the interview I had with AnneMarie Maes last Friday on her Bee Laboratory Project, produced by the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles in Paris in the context of their Biennale Nova XX. We discuss amongst others how she came to work with bees, how this led to working with bacteria and algae and above all what sounds the bees make, what they are telling us and how she uses their sounds in various compositions. Listen to the emission with the bees playing a kind of ping pong with each… Read More

AnneMarie Maes: Theatrum Algaerium – a durational performance with the sea

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 operates on the border between sapiens and fauna. It presents possible futures in a new bio/techno/natural world, a universe that is at once terrestrial and aquatic, a prerequisite for future coexistence. In this garden of marine delights, our ecological consciousness… Read More

LASER Talks Brussels – Annemarie Maes and Camilla Colombo

On 20th April the first of LASER Talks Brussels started with a conversation with Annemarie Maes, artist and researcher, and Camilla Colombo, curator. Annemarie Maes talked about her exhibitions SENSORIAL SKINS – WOVEN BY NATURE, shown in 2 parts at PILAR, House for Art and Science – Brussels from 8 – 23 April 2021, and at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Culture and Technology – Brussels from 29 April – 16 May 2021 with Camilla Colombo as curator. You can find the recording of the LASER Talk here. The next LASER Talks… Read More

AnneMarie Maes – Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature

Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature is a double exhibition by AnneMarie Maes curated by Camilla Colombo. The works on show focus on membranes and surfaces, on organic materials and on tactility, on processes and transformations, on bacteria and life. Sensorial Skins and Woven by Nature is a journey into working with natural elements and co-creation with living organisms.In April and May 2021, two complementary chapters will be presented, at PILAR gallery – the house for Art and Sciences at the VUB and at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Culture and Technology… Read More

LASER Talks Brussel – Annemarie Maes and Camilla Colombo

Alexandra Dementieva has asked me to join her in organizing Laser Talks Brussel. We will be organizing four talks this year, starting with Annemarie Maes on the occasion of her exhibition SENSORIAL SKINS – WOVEN BY NATURE. This is shown in 2 parts at PILAR, House for Art and Science – Brussels 8 – 23 April 2021 and at iMAL, Art Center for Digital Culture and Technology – Brussels 29 April – 16 May 2021 with Camilla Colombo as curator. Find more information and the link to register here. CHAIRED BY: Alexandra Dementieva When: 20th… Read More

AnneMarie Maes in Empirical Nonsense Daily

Today’s edition of the Empirical Nonsense Daily presents the project ElbBienen by AnneMarie Maes. 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 and gives them an artistic materiality enhanced by modern technology. Her work makes abstract… Read More

AnneMarie Maes – L’Origine du Monde at STARTS

  L’Origine du Monde is an artistic representation of the research by AnneMarie Maes into the possibilities of cyanobacteria and algae as sources for renewable energy, pollution sensors and novel biodegradable materials. The living sculpture shows a strongly enlarged bacterial chain made from glass cells. Every cell is filled with cyanobacteria producing photosynthesis in real time. Together they form a complex microbial population that communicates via quorum sensing and reduces CO2 emission whilst producing oxygen and biopolymers. L’Origine du Monde was created during a STARTS residency with the Hybrid Forms Laboratorium at the Vrije… Read More

AnneMarie Maes at Centre Wallonie Bruxelles|Paris

Disrupted Sensations’ – composition of 16 lightboxes with Sensorial Skins and Scanning Electron Micrographs (120cm x 120cm); ‘L’origine du Monde’ – objects in transformation, organic materials (boxes, 15cm x 15cm x 15cm) AnneMarie Maes shows her installation Sensorial Skin at the Centre Wallonie Bruxelles|Paris. Sensorial Skin is a bio-art installation focusing on the tactility of organic materials, visually appealing natural colors and subtle fragrances, in which the different components combine to make the work an experience to be apprehended on several levels. It is is a question of microbiology, a world in which microorganisms… Read More

Leroy – Maes – Walker

Some combined news on exhibitions and presentations in the upcoming two weeks. On Saturday evening 28 September the organisation (n) of Dominique Leroy and Marina Pirot presents Champs d’écoutes / Fields of Listening. Listening experiences proposed by Antoine Freychet, Dominique Leroy and Marina Pirot are realised on the basis of audio captations, plunges into the worked fields of the market gardening site. This is followed by a presentation of “Fordlandia“, the sound piece by Florence Jou and Dominique Leroy that was published earlier this year and that takes us to the Amazone, the banks… Read More

AnneMarie Maes at UN/GREEN, Riga

The 2019 RIXC Festival at Riga, Latvia 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, eco-systemically reconnect post-human postures, and discover and unpack ‘Naturally Artificial Intelligences.’ AnneMarie Maes participates with the installation ‘Sensorial Skin for an Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive’ and with… Read More