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Throughout 2023, the artist Anne Marie Maes set up her mobile studio, the Laboratory for Form and Matter, on the grounds of Casa de Mateus. She carefully observed the different ecologies and responded with interventions to the specific aspects of the vast domain. With her work, she subtly introduces angles that show the site from a new perspective. Her interventions break the daily routines of the site and make others look at the environment of Casa de Mateus with new eyes. Together with the other artists, makers and scientists who are involved in this project, in the frame of the project School of Transitions, she has integrated these impressions and observational data into artworks to tell new stories about this extraordinary place, the Casa de Mateus. The exhibition is a start to spread this new knowledge. A publication with contributions from Teresa Albuquerque, Jonathan Minchin, Margarita Maximova, Alexander Gerner, Núria Conde Pueyo, José Luis Ferreira, Ferdinand Meier and Anne Marie Maes will conclude the project in April 2024.
"I learned about the forests and wildflowers along the side of the road, I observed the beehive hidden among the old spruce trees and studied the river that, as the seasons progressed, released a little more of its bed each time. I wandered through the vineyards and gathered work materials in the vegetable gardens and orchards, and I look forward to the mushroom season ahead. Nature continues to reveal itself through constant microactivity where bacteria, insects, lichens and other organisms communicate with each other through mutual exchanges and symbiotic relationships. I meticulously scanned the various environments, studying the interrelationships and complex layering. In the baroque gardens with their vast rose beds and hidden boxwood corridors, I felt like Alice in Wonderland. The time I spent in this residency made me look at things again and again and discover new particularities. The details in a leaf, the smell of sheep's wool, the touch of a tree's bark, the exact moment of the day when a flower opens its nectar glands, the specific flight path of a honey bee, the growth of a pear through the seasons, the wealth of color pigments that can be extracted from all of this. A million colors, a million forms a neverending activity and even so much more than what is visible to the human eye..."
Anne Marie Maes
‘O Tiger-lily,’ said Alice, addressing herself to a flower that was waving gracefully about in the wind, ‘I wish you could talk!’ ‘We can talk,’ said the Tiger-lily, ’when there’s anybody worth talking to.’
Alice through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll.
INAUGURATION OF THE EXHIBITION
MATTER OF KEENSHIP
BY ANNE MARIE MAES
15 november 2023 | 17h00
AnneMarie Maes is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Brussels. Her practice combines art and science, with a particular interest in biotechnology, ecosystems and alchemical processes, and she works with a variety of biological, digital and traditional media, including living organisms. In dialogue with the School of Transitions project, she will be living at the Casa de Mateus Foundation throughout 2023 and has set up her Laboratory of Form and Matter here, where she experiments with new forms using local materials, bacteria and living textiles. In November, he returns for a final residency leading up to the opening of the 'Matter of Kinship' exhibition.
The opening of the exhibition is followed by
ART AND ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE, ON DIGITAL IMMORTALITY
WITH LUC STEELS
15 November 2003, 19H00
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