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MAEID [Büro für Architektur und Transmediale Kunst]

Magic Queen [from the Artificial Ecologies series]

  • TUE - SUN
    22/05 > 31/07
    11 AM - 7 PM

    01/08 > 21/11
    10 AM - 6 PM
  • Arsenale
  • Admission with ticket

Daniela Mitterberger (Austrian, b.1988) and Tiziano Derme (Italian/Austrian, b.1987) of MAEID [Büro für Architektur und Transmediale Kunst] (Austria, est.2015)



Magic Queen is a hybrid environment incorporating and fusing biological systems with organic materials and machines, creating an ecosystem of empathy and coexistence. It explores the relationship among natural elements, technology, and living systems favoring the creation of an ecology of non-human subjects. It is a built habitat that can restore and nurture itself, redefining the role of living systems in architecture.It is a performative 3D-printed soil robotic garden. Sensors respond and machine learning creates continuous feedback among sensing, virtualizing, and induced change. Its inhabitable space combines visual, auditory, olfactory, and haptic features to capture the sensual experience of this new, mediated form of nature. Nothing in it could exist without the presence of the other: interconnectivity in biological entities. Fungal flora and soil structure depend on the robot to nurture them; the robot relies on their existence to move. The interconnectivity and performativity of all elements generates ambient sound and a visual interface uncovers the otherwise invisible stream of impact and growth.


Bundeskanzleramt Wien / Federal Chancellery Republic of Austria
Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Stadt Graz, Land Steiermark
Leopold-Franzens-Universität Innsbruck – Institut für experimentelle Architektur and Department of Microbiology
Andrea Reni
Martin Gasser and Lukas Lauermann
Francesco D'Abbraccio
Luca Pagan

Production credits

Magic Queen is a project by: MAEID
Concept, design and fabrication: Tiziano Derme, Daniela Mitterberger
Team: Alex Karaivanov, Noor Khadher, Andrea Cancian, Bahar Al Bahar, Edurne Morales Zuniga, Rodrigo Perez Hernandez, Andreea Bunica
Visual Interface: Andrea Reni
AI/sound: Martin Gasser e Lukas Lauermann, Francesco D´Abbraccio, Luca Pagan

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