Annemie Maes studied a masters in fine arts at the Sint-Lucas
Academy of Fine Arts in Brussels, a masters of cultural studies at the
University of Brussels, and a specialisation in anthropological
documentary film at the Institute for Sound Image Culture in Brussels.
She has played a major role in organising the multi-media art scene in
Brussels. She founded the Pix and Motion Experimental Animation and
Short Movies Film Company, the artist-run Looking Glass exhibition
space, and more recently, the international artist collective OKNO,
which brings together artists and art spaces from different European
countries to engage in workshops and open research labs.
Maes’ artistic work shows several interwoven threads. One line of
work focuses on multi-media installations. For example, in the No2pho
(from noice to voice) installation (2006-2008) spectators shape a sound
scape by moving around sound sources based on literary texts. Another
line takes a social and anthropological dimension. Examples are the
People Database project (1998-2002) which collected life narratives
triggered by found pictures, and the Politics of Change project
(2007-2010) which documented the grassroots activism of women in India.
Her most important current line of work focused on ecological issues,
as in the on going Bee Laboratory and Urban Corridors projects
(2009-ongoing) which sets up laboratories of urban gardens and art
works based on monitoring bee colonies (2009-ongoing).
AnneMarie Maes has exhibited widely in international contexts,
including in various European countries (Austria, Belgium, Croatia,
Finland, France, Germany, Spain, Sweden, etc.) as well as the US (New
York), Syria, India and Brazil.