Cyclical Matters—Live Cooking Show, a recap

The Cyclical Matters Collective spent last Tuesday morning talking bioplastic vessels, algae-based polymers, and creative research methodologies for pandemic collaboration. In conversation with lab director Alice Jarry, chemist Yves Gélinas, and the entire Critical Materiality class, this research-creation team walked—and cooked!—us through their method for making agar bioplastic tableware. They explored how to modify the…

Cyclical Matters *Live* on October 20th

As a part of Sympoïétiques, BioLab research collective Cyclical Matters are going live Tuesday morning for a bioplastic cooking show and public discussion with Lab Director Alice Jarry and Chemist Yves Gélinas. Tune in from 10am to 11:30am on Tuesday, October 20th. This event will be streamed for free on Youtube and in the LIVE…

Vanessa Mardirossian participates in Three Minute Thesis competition

Yesterday, as part of the international 3MT/MT180 competition, Biolaber Vanessa Mardirossian presented her doctoral research—La face cachée de la matière: une écolittératie du vêtement par une approche moléculaire de la couleur dans une practique écoresponsable du design textile—in a concise and accessible format: one PowerPoint slide and a three minute time limit! In the lab,…

Amélie Brindamour | Résidence CQAM-Milieux 2019

In early December, CQAM came to the Biolab to film artist-in-residence Amélie Brindamour in action and to talk about her mycelium research that took place over the course of her residency. This video is the product of that discussion! In the video, lab director Dr. Alice Jarry gives a short introduction to the Biolab and…

MycoSculpture Workshop Part II

It’s inoculation day! In today’s MycoScuplture workshop, we spent the afternoon learning how to inoculate our sculptures from last week with liquid mycelium. The liquid mycelium has been growing for a couple of weeks in preparation for today. We’ll leave the sculptures to grow for at least 2 weeks—possibly quite a bit longer, depending on…

Bacterial Portraiture—Results

48 hours after the first workshop, we got together to check out the results, learn about bacterial printing, the autoclave process, and about cryopreservation.

Bacterial Portraiture—Painting day

The BioLab led its first Bacteriart workshop of the year yesterday. Inspired by our Jonas Salk bacterial portraits that we created with TAG’s Jess Marcotte this summer and based on a workshop developed by WhiteFeather Hunter—as well as research done by our homegrown research-creation team: The Bactinctorium—the lab decided to explore the use of the…