musings | 2019 edition

musings 2019, the latest publication by food, feminism, fermentation is out now and available to download (see link below). It’s a beautiful collection of stories playing and engaging with these themes. Produced by Maya Hay, this little publication contains writing by WhiteFeather Hunter that dives into some of her work with Théo Chauvirey, Courtney Books,…

CQAM documents work by artist-in-residence Amélie Brindamour

The Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) and Milieux, Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology of Concordia University hosted artist-in-residence Amélie Brindamour throughout October and November 2019. The residency took place at Milieux and Amélie spent a lot of her time working between Milieux’s Maker Space and the Speculative Life Biolab. This afternoon, Martine Frossard…

Nathalie Dubois-Calero Animates Micro-Propagation Workshop

As a part of the fall MilieuxMake workshop series, Nathalie Dubois-Calero gave a workshop on plant cloning and introductory micro-propagation techniques last Wednesday. In this session, we tested Nathalie’s new DIY techniques with carrots, garlic, and russet potatoes. We’re going to be checking-up on our samples over the next couple of months and monitoring their…

Full house @ Pecha Kucha night

We had a full house at the BioLab Meet-up and Pecha Kucha event Thursday evening. Seasoned BioLabers and prospective members presented their research and artistic practices in the Speculative Life Cluster commons. We also welcomed Alice Jarry into her new role as Lab Director and celebrated the start of Amélie Brindamour’s artist-in-residency—a joint effort between…

MilieuxMake Workshop—Cloning Plants: An Introduction to Micro-Propagation

In this workshop biologist & artist Nathalie Dubois-Calero will be teaching DIY methods she developed for the micro-propagation of plants and vegetables from infertile or ‘protected’ samples. By controlling hormone levels during the propagation, we will also be able to affect the growth patterns of the plants, allowing for the creation of unusual plant morphologies. Her processes…

For Luca at Art POP

Jacqui Beaumont is exhibiting her work, For Luca, at Studio Rialto as a part of the 15th edition of Art Pop—the visual arts component of POP Montreal. This year the group exhibition is exploring themes of movement, discovery, desire, bodies, and secrets. The exhibition will be open from Sept. 25-28 / 11am-8pm and Sept.29 12pm-6pm at…

Microalgae pigment extraction and paper chromatography workshop

Nathalie Dubois Calero offered a 2-part microalgae workshop for BioLab members on August 15th and September 11th. In the first part of the workshop, we covered DIY pigment extraction (chlorophyll, β-Carotene etc.) and paper chromatography using everyday solvents. In the second part, we explored how to maintain short and long term microalgae cultures by creating…

Fermented Triptych

Fermented TriptychKombucha SCOBY, 2019 Kombucha SCOBY (Symbiotic Culture of Bacteria and Yeast) is a living organism that continuously forms cellulosic layers.  These layers are floating just above the Kombucha liquid, it’s flow and expansion create natural and simple movements.  Drawing inspiration from movements found in nature and mindfulness practices, Fermented Triptych, is meant to be…

For Luca

A love letter to our last universal common ancestor.