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…

MycoSculpture Workshop Part I

Théo Chauvirey and Amélie Brindamour facilitated part I of II MycoSculpture workshops this afternoon. Throughout these workshops, participants will explore how mycelium—the fibrous, vegetative part of mushrooms—can be used as a biomaterial for art and design. Today’s workshop focused on creating small sculptures and scaffolds from recycled materials (largely cellulose and protein-based materials such as…

Amélie and Brice give first BioLab artist talk of the season

Last night, we hosted the first Milieux Speculative Life BioLab artist talk of 2020! Amélie Brindamour (Montréal) and Brice Ammar-Khodja (Paris) spoke about their artistic, research, and collaborative practices. Amélie recently completed a residency at Milieux that she was co-awarded by the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) and Milieux. During her talk, she focused…

Revamping the BioLab!

It’s been a lovely week reorganizing the lab with Marc for a new season of workshops and research-creation. We even have room for a triple kombucha pool tower now. We have a serious organizational wizard in our midst. It’s amazing what a little rearranging can do!

MilieuxMake: Bacterial Portraiture workshop January 27th and 29th

Alexandra Bachmayer and Marc Beaulieu co-facilitate a two-part workshop on the use of bacteria as a creative—living—medium. The workshop will focus on two different portraiture techniques as well as how to culture bacteria to be used as a dye. Through this workshop, participants will learn the basics of sterile technique and other introductory lab skills…