On Thursday, May 5th, Eastern Bloc hosted the vernissage for Milieux’s In the Middle, a Chimera. This opening party kicked off two weeks of exhibitions, workshops, and a symposium by Milieux members and affiliates in venues around the city. Biolab members jacqueline beaumont and Philippe Vandal were two of the featured artists at Eastern Block and their work will be on display until May 18th. See the Milieux Website for more information.
jacqueline beaumont | post-binary genetic sequences
jacqueline beaumont is a bio-material architect, artist and researcher. Her research weaves together Queer Ecology, Artificial Reproductive technologies, Transgender studies and Material engineering. She has been exhibited, lectured and recognized internationally including a gold medal from IGEM (MIT 2019), Concordia university undergraduate fellowship(2020), presented work at MUTEK (2021), Culture² (2021), Center Pompidou (behavioral matter 2019), and FoFa Gallery (2020). She graduated with a BFA in Fibers and Material practices at Concordia University. Currently she works as a research affiliate of the Milieux institute under Dr.Alice Jarry (Concordia University research chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality) as well as the Biointerface lab at Mcgill.
Philippe Vandal | saturation by accumulation
At the intersection of technological, ecological, and artistic preoccupations, Philippe’s work bridges bio-inspired critical design, environmental chemistry, and site-specific tangible media interventions. He has been interested in prototyping and exploring small-scale devices as both scientific tools and sensitive frameworks for intervening, visualizing, remediating, and thinking with different local sites impacted by the mismanagement of landfill and construction waste, snow removal, and industrial leachates. Addressing issues of socio-environmental justice, his work seeks to align with critical landscape studies, waste and discard studies, and environmental realism to examine the practical, sociocultural and political capabilities and limits of remediation framework to engage with at-risk materials, sites, and communities. Philippe’s work has been presented at the International Symposium on Electronic Arts (ISEA2020: What is Sentience?), VAV Gallery, Art Mûr, and collaborative work at Centre Pompidou, Ars Electronica, les Rencontres Hexagram, Ada X, and Mutek. Philippe is currently completing a BFA Major in Intermedia Cyber Arts.