Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive research

AnneMarie Maes (BE)

POSTCITY, Bunker / Basememt, Ars Electronica Gallery Spaces, Säulenhalle, the work is presented in Atelierhaus Salzamt

The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is an artwork and a prototype for a speculative research project. It is a mobile shelter for swarming honeybees that combines in a radical way smart materials, biomimetic forms and biotechnology. The beehive is equipped with sensors to monitor the health status of the environment and that of the bees. Colonies of color-changing bacteria, living on the skin of the hive, act as biosensors. These small sculptures, belonging to a series of 12, were developed during the research of the Intelligent Guerrilla Beehive project.



AnneMarie Maes (b. 1955) is recognised as a pioneer in art-science projects in Belgium. On the rooftop of her studio in Brussels, she has created an open-air lab and experimental garden where she studies the processes that nature employs to create form. Combining 3d-printing, computer-programmed fabrication with traditional craftsmanship and biotechnology, Maes discovered a new medium for painting and sculpting.