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,…

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…

Making A Body

Miri Chekahnovich creates a large-scale bio-screen in the lab using agar-based bioplastic.

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…

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…

For Luca

A love letter to our last universal common ancestor.

Interspecies Meditations for Hybrid Futures

As a part of Queering the Map’s On_Site exhibition at Concordia’s 4TH SPACE, biolab member Jacqui Beaumont facilitated the workshop “Interspecies Meditations for Hybrid Futures” on July 23rd, 1–4pm. “Interspecies Meditations for Hybrid Futures” attempts to engage with the critical disposition of animalian and botanical interactions. When personal connections are made to the natural world,…