Alexandra Dementieva and Anne Marie Maes at CYFEST-14: Ferment in Yerevan

True to its nomadic character, CYFEST-14, after its first visit to Dartington last September, will be presented for the first time in Yerevan, Armenia from 10 to 25 October. Alexandra Dementieva and AnneMarie Maes figure amongst the 30 artists from 7 countries that work around the festival’s theme Ferment. As Anna Frants, founder of CYLAND MediaArtLab, artist, and one of the curators of the festival states on this year’s theme “Fermentation in the conventional sense is a technological process in the food industry. However, if we give it some thought, practically everything… Read More

Annemarie Maes in BIOTOPIA

This Saturday 18 June opens BIOTOPIA – a contraction of Biotope and Utopia, that plunges us into the universe of the living beings that populate our planet. The exhibition brings together nearly 30 artists, designers, researchers, women, men and people who question the central position of humans in the world, amongst which Annemarie Maes showing her Transparant Beehive. BIOTOPIA proposes shifting our points of view, immersing ourselves in the heart of non-human societies and opening ourselves up to the diversity of ways of being. Our body is composed of 90% bacteria; we live in… Read More

A Bee is a Bee is a Bee – Annemarie Maes in Palais de Tokyo and Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles

Annemarie Maes starts June with an immersive performance at the Palais de Tokyo followed by an installation at the Centre Wallonie-Bruxelles/Paris. As part of the performance program during the exhibition Reclaim the Earth, Annemarie Maes transforms the spaces of the Palais de Tokyo into a laboratory, combining an artistic and scientific approach. The starting point for A Bee is a Bee is a Bee is the research of two major scientists on the world of bees: Karl Von Frisch and François Huber. Through a poetic narrative, the artist leads us into an… Read More

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