Alien Intelligence (Beehead, Wing, Mentha) (2018)
B/W Scanning Electron Micrographs, Archival prints on Photorag paper
caput (162cm x 215cm) - mentha 3400 (80×80) - cornu (80×80)
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Alien Intelligence (caput - mentha – cornu) is a series of Scanning Electron Micrographs. They reveal the elaborate design of dissected parts of honeybees and pollen. All samples are collected in the Urban Bee Lab, the artists’ apiary and rooftop garden laboratory in the centre of Brussels.
To hang the photos on the wall: aluminium strips de 5cm cut to the width of the photo, at the top and the bottom (acheter au Brico, strip par module de 200cm x 5cm x 0,5cm. Than attach adhesive Velcro to aluminium and on the wall.
Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive (2016-ongoing)
sculpture; bee colony, electronics, solar panel, smart materials, bacteria
Dimensions 175 x 45 x 45
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Variation Games (2017-2018)
video account of 1 year intensive bee monitoring inside the beehive, 21’59”, B/W + color, sound.
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The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive is a bio-art sculpture balancing on the edge of art and science. It evokes issues of sustainability and biodiversity, giving viewers an artistic experience of AnneMarie Maes’ ongoing research related to the disappearance of the honeybees. The Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive is a radically new beehive. At one hand it offers a safe refuge for city honeybees, and at the other hand is is a biosensor that interacts with the environment and that measures the pollution of the foraging fields around the beehive. Navigating between a blueprint and a proof of concept, the Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive is an artifact for the future, a fragment of a world to come.
Variation Games are games where the set of rules is constantly adapted by the players. The bees act as transmitters in an interconnected web of bio-intelligent agents. They are sentient, perceptive; they see, feel, navigate and communicate. They fabricate and dance, they collect and build, they perform and reproduce. They reveal decision-making, networking, collaboration and collective intelligence. The video is a condensed edit of a year-long audiovisual observation of the behaviour of a honeybee colony in their private environment. The recordings are made with an infrared camera and contact microphones inside the beehive.
The intelligent Guerrilla Beehive is installed on a pedestal (100H x 45W x 45D) with glass cover (size cover: 65H x 45W x45D, outside measures, thickness of the glass = 5mm).
A flatscreen (medium size) should be mounted on the wall behind the Beehive, to display the video Variation Games (21'50“).
Experiment_1 is a turning object called ‘Grow Your Own Beehive’.
A small, 3D printed beehive-skeleton turns slowly in a fermedted medium to gather over time a layer of skin grown by the bacteria in the medium. A Raspberry Pi with LED screen displays the amount of turnovers.
Experiment_2 is a spacy orange object in which a microbial skin is growing. 3 sensors monitor the growth: an ultrasone sensor (sound), a pH sensor (acidity of the liquid medium) and a temperature sensor. All sensors are connected to a Raspberry Pi and the values are displayed on a small LED screen.
These 2 experiments will be displayed each on a metal pedestal (similar to the one of the beehive) and covered by a glass cover. I will supply the pedestals. Mirage festival should make the glass protection cover for each experiment.
Exp_01 (Grow your own Beehive): pedestal 110 High x 38 Wide x 38 Deep. Glass cover (5 sides, outside measures) 44H x 38W x 38D. Thickness of the glass is 5mm.
Exp_02 (Monitoring Skin): pedestal 100H x 50W x 50D. Glass cover (5 sides, outside measures) 65H x 50W x 50D. Thickness of the glass is 5mm.
Pink Lights for the installation:
- 2 TL-lights connected as on photo
- Rosco filter pink
2 TL lights to lighten the installation have to be foreseen by Mirage, + pink Rosco-filter. The pink color is a reference to the infrared camera’s + infrared lights that were installed in the Beehive for filming and monitoring.
AnneMarie Maes is a Belgian artist whose research combines art, science, DIY technologies and traditional, digital and biological media. She has created an open-air garden-laboratory where she studies the processes that nature employs to create forms. Her research provides an ongoing source for her artworks presented in installations, sculptures, photos, and books.