AnneMarie Maes was awarded an Honourable Mention at Ars Electronica 2017 for her ongoing research project The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive.

The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is a bio-art installation on the edge of art and science. It evokes issues of sustainability and biodiversity, giving viewers an artistic experience of my ongoing research related to the disappearance of the honeybee. Bees are bio-indicators. They reflect the health of their surrounding ecosystem as well as the cumulative effects of different pollutants. In many industrialized nations bee colonies are now threatened. Pesticides and parasites are among the main factors, but equally worrisome is air pollution and the compromised state of the bees’ foraging fields.

The Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is a radically new beehive designed for urban environments, offering a shelter to swarming bee colonies, and thus supporting pollination by the bees and protecting the biodiversity of their foraging fields. It has also been a starting point for exploring possible futures through artistic research on materials science and biotechnology. Navigating between a blueprint and a proof of concept, the Intelligent Guerilla Beehive is an artifact for the future, a fragment of a world to come. It tackles a new challenging application domain where a collaboration between human and non-human actors is necessary to maintain the resilience of the system.

Find more information about and images of the project on AnneMarie’s website here.

Jimena Kato is currently exhibiting inboth Poznan and Madrid.

For the exhibition D / I / S / R / U / P / T at the Rodríguez Gallery in Poznan, curated by Marlon de Azambuja, she developed M/M (Maquette/Module) 2017 with pine wood laths, acrylic paint and watercolour in variable dimensions.

These modules were fabricated using the scales of her hand (palm width, finger length), the shape is given by using these lengths and angles and color rhythms to obtain a closed shape, an attempt to create a sort of alphabet of its own. Following this operation, the different variations and position of these pieces and their different combinations attempt to become a sort of visual vocabulary.

The order, position and combination of each M/M is interchangeable and can be modified any time. These modules operate as links, as a part of a larger structure but they can work as a single element as well.

The exhibition runs until 8th June 2017

Rodríguez Galleryul.Wodna 13/4, 61-782 Poznań, Poland – Tue – Fri: 12-19; Sat: 12-17

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For the exhibition To Come To at Alimentacion30 in Madrid she developed the installation / drawing with pigment on glass “Strokes and traces are matters of the word – A drawing like a babbling, a thought, a rumination.”

This series of drawings are made directly with her hands, referring to their tracks as our first instruments of communication in time. The work is inspired by the documentary film “Le Moindre Geste” (The Minimal Gesture) by Fernand Deligny, which shows the coexistence, habitudes and interactions of a group of autistic children and adolescents in a town in France. Deligny focuses on their daily paths through the field and the way autistics communicate, using drawing for this purpose. Although the window of interaction with them is small, Deligny makes us discover a reading of the universe these minimal gestures unfold.

Like in the prehistoric cave of the hands, using the hand as a stencil to create a negative, in these drawings Kato uses her hands to remove pigment. It is the void that in contrast to matter will create shapes / phrases playing with light, color and transparencies.

Alimentacion30 is situated at 30, calle Dr Fourquet in Madrid. The installation can be seen until 24th May 2017.

 

 

As part of her artistic network project PReTT, Sara Bomans has developed a playful Dutch-Belgian encounter that will take place on Friday 26th May in The Fabriek in Eindhoven (NL). A Dutch and a Belgian team of artists will cross their swords or rather their pencils in a friendly match. They will develop works that will either present a reconciliation or a clash between the two countries. All works will be for sale against a friendly price in the evening.

In the Belgian team Sara BOMANS  / Pablo HANNON / Barry CAMPS / Hallveig AGUSTDOTTIR / Kristien DIRKX / Hans GEYENS / Jenny STIEGLITZ / Nele BOLLEN / Sam BALLET / Wout MELVIN SCHILDERMANS.

In the Dutch team Cathelijn VAN GOOR / Vincent BIJLEVELD / Gijs SCHOLTEN / Rob LOOMAN / Hanneke WETZER/ Roland SOHIER / Merel BARENDS / Marit DIK / Jans MUSKEE / ARGIBALD / Remco ROES / Chantal BREUKERS.

Possible tactics can be seen in the image above.

The encounter takes place in De Fabriek, Eindhoven and can be visited on Friday evening 26th May from 8pm.

During the upcoming Antwerp Art Weekend Peter Hulsmans takes part in the group show Open Systems at Gallery 146.

Open Systems presents a range of practices which draw on the conceptual, procedural and material emphasis of non-objective painting and on the conventions of painting as object, formalist minimalism and process based conceptualism.

Space as concept and as material is invoked in an eliding of the representational in favour of engagements with conceptual spaces for making. These are negotiations between the idea of space and the experience of space, that is, representations of space (the abstract, conceptual spaces of the architect or cartographer) and the spaces of lived experience which are appropriated to be reworked at the level of imagination.

With artists Egbert Aerts, Stefan Annerel, Kristien Dirkx, Peter Hulsmans, Noel Ivanoff, Alexandra Kennedy, Michael Laird, Fred Michiels and Ruth van Haren Noman.

Gallery M146, Mechelsesteenweg 146, Antwerpen
Only during the Antwerp Art Weekend
Reception: 19 May at 18h

Open Fri 19 May 12-22pm; Sat 20/Sun 21 May 12-6pm

More info on the website of the Antwerp Art Weekend

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The catalogue of the solo exhibition Locale by Peter Hulsmans can be downloaded here. The exhibition still runs until 30th June.

Rachel Ara has been awarded with the NEAR NOW Fellowship 2017-18 for which she submitted some exciting work that they will work on together for the new year.

The Near Now Fellowship is aimed at emerging to mid-career artists. Near Now Fellows will display exceptional artistic talent, with work influenced by art, design and technology theory and praxis grounded in contemporary culture. Fellows will critically reflect on their work and have a desire to challenge their practice and push their career forward.

Applications are invited from artists, working in any art form, who use technology in their practice and/or explore the place and impact of technology in everyday life.

Over the ten month programme, three selected Fellows will receive support to originate and publicly present work that is bold in its scope, rigorous in its practice and open to critique.

Each Near Now Fellow will receive investment of up to £15k in support of their work.

Find more information on Near Now here.

Rachel Ara was further selected to be part of this year’s Ruth Borchard Prize Exhibition.

The fourth edition of the biennial Ruth Borchard Prize features 120 works by British and Irish artists, showcasing the very best of contemporary self-portraiture.

The Ruth Borchard Prize 2017 received a record number of submissions and this exhibition represents the short list of entrants. The Winner of the £10,000 Prize will be selected by a prestigious panel of judges including Dr Xavier Bray (Director, The Wallace Collection), Charlotte Mullins (art critic and author), Alastair Sooke, (broadcaster and art critic at The Daily Telegraph), Marilyn Scott (Director, The Lighbox), Shanti Panchal (2015 Winner), and Richard Borchard (son of Ruth Ruth Borchard). Previous winners of the Prize include Celia Paul (2011), Thomas Newbolt (2013), and Shanti Panchal (2015).

Ruth Borchard, a Jewish refugee from Hamburg who settled in Surrey, began collecting self-portraits in 1958.

The show runs from 18th May until 22 September 2017 at the Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place, 90 York Way, London, N1 9AG.

Find more information about the Ruth Borchard Collection here.

 

Coinciding with the Venice Biennial Alexandra Dementieva will take part in the group exhibition Hybris – Monsters and Hybrids in Contemporary art, organised by MediaArtLab CYLAND.

The project in the exhibition halls of the library at Ca’ Foscari University, will showcase works of 19 artists from Italy, Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany, Belgium and the US. The project’s theme contemplates one of the mechanisms underlying the functioning of culture – the connection of the unconnectable, the problem of the relations between “one’s own” and “someone else’s”, the blurring of the borders between well-established concepts.

Working on her favourite subject Dementieva presents the new multimedia installation Monolith 2, a combination and interpretation of Malevich’s Black Square or ‘great nothing’. She writes about it:

The black monolith is externalization. It is the process by which the “internal OBJECT” is projected at a certain object in the outside world. It is a different person that becomes this object. Furthermore, upon superimposition, the projection brings forth something that is doubled by the mutual action of each protagonist. And what if this “something” is our internal monster or a new creation — a hybrid to which one needs to get accustomed and which needs to be tamed.

Hybris opens Friday 12th May at 6pm and runs until 28th August

Tuesday – Saturday: 10 AM to 7 PM
Sunday – 3 PM to 8 PM

Media Preview: May 10, 11 at 11 AM

Cà Foscari Zattere, CULTURAL FLOW ZONE
Zattere, Dorsoduro 1392, 30123 Venezia
Boat stop: Zattere

Find more information here where you can also download the catalogue.

Also see the website of the Belgian Pavilion.

This workshop is organised by Mike Blow.

Call for participation: Multisensory Aesthetics workshop, Plymouth University, 16/05/17

The Multisensory Aesthetics project at Plymouth University is a transdiciplinary collaboration between psychology, fine art, 3D design and sound art, designed to explore the creation and perception of multisensory artworks.

As part of the project you are invited to a one day workshop exploring the use of multisensory techniques in art and design practice as well as psychological and neurological studies of these phenomena. The event is designed to bring together scientists, academics and artists working in the field for networking and discussion. Attendance is free and refreshments will be provided. For those staying over there will be the opportunity for a group meal on the evening of the 16th. We are very pleased to have keynote sessions led by Marianna Obrist from Sussex University’s SCHI lab, and sound artist Iris Garrelfs from Goldsmiths University.

We invite proposals for talks (20 mins), discussions, demos, workshops, and practical works. Subjects of interest include:
Multisensory experience
Correlations and translations between disparate media
Psychological and neurological effects and illusions
Perceptual binding
Biological and digital synaesthsia
Visual music
Sound and sculpture
Unusual combinations: sound / objects / taste / smell
The multisensory and the imagination
Challenges of presenting multisensory work.

Please submit outline proposals to michael.blow@plymouth.ac.uk by 1st May.

Please pass this call on to anyone you think may be interested.

Event registration closes at noon 9th May 2017 – register via Eventbrite

Accommodation

Jurys Inn Plymouth are offering 15% discount of the best available rate, when booked online via their website https://www.jurysinns.com/hotels/plymouth.

To activate this offer please use the code MAS17.

This offer is room only, however you can purchase discounted breakfast vouchers on check in.

The installation ‘Locale’ by Peter Hulsmans opens next Thursday 27th April at 6.30 pm at The Cage.

Noël Reumkens wrote an accompanying text, which you can read here.

From 27 April till 30 June 2017
Mon-Fri 9-6
PXL-MAD School of Arts (De Kooi)
Elfde Liniestraat 25
3500 Hasselt
Belgium

3D printed parts  Dan Declerck composition and photo                          © Remco Roes & Tom Lambeens, 2017

Convinced Doubts (Overtuigde Twijfel) exhibits the act of making and questions the act of exhibiting. While the artistic practices of Dan Declerck, Tom Lambeens and Remco Roes are very divergent, they all tackle the big constants of life, such as gravity, in a specific way, namely out of a state of ‘convinced doubt’.

Remco Roes attempts to defeat gravity, to order from chaos and to design from arbitrariness. Working with an arbitrary collection of materials he discovers patters in space. Objects thus become markings with which he signifies.

Opening Sunday 23 April at 3pm

Exhibition 23 April – 28 May 2017

Galerie PINSART – Genthof 21 – 8000 Bruges (B)

Fri-Sat-Sun 2-6pm

More info (in Dutch) here

Bureau Doove recently collaborated with Belgian artist Mira Sanders for the English subtitles of her movie on the impossibility to form an idea of limits. This movie is a fragment of her heterogeneous artistic practice which she calls Le journal d’un usager de l’espace (Journal of a usage of space) and which was examined as a PhD in the Arts at Netwerk Aalst, Belgium on the 10th of March 2017.

The focus in her work is on space that is at the same time geographic, sensorial and social. On the (im)possibility to form an idea of limits relies on the ‘act of drawing’ to explore, along the way, visual possibilities in order to appropriate limits in a place (or context) as objective matter into an artistic vocabulary. The exploratory and intuitive research forms images of a limit(s), a travel trajectory or trajectories, a time, a dimension(s) and places them in an artistic perspective. The research prefers to walk next to the landscaped paths to mark the volatile and mobile, fluid and invisible limits and declare them in a new pictorial territory. Images that emerged from intimate experiences along the way came to the fore step by step during the doctorate. They assumed the appearance of a reasoning or scenario or something linguistic – or all three concurrently. An index was used to gather images, actions and intentions along the way. This index serves as a means to be able to envision continuously a pictorial research (photos, drawings, models, installations, films and maps) and to explore it to its limits.

The work of Sanders, with its excessive layering and process-based approach, connects well to what Bureau Doove stands for and we are therefore currently looking at other modes of collaboration.

Visit her website here and find the movie here.