Speculative Life BioLab researchers featured in Material Futures issue

Several research projects completed by student, affiliate, visiting and faculty researchers is featured in the most recent issue (21) of Center for Sustainable Practices in the Arts Quarterly, guest edited by WhiteFeather Hunter. The issue features thesis research by Courtney Books (Queens University) that was carried out in the Speculative Life BioLab, as well as…

Mother

A collaborative project exploring the sculptural and metaphorical potential of SCOBY

Maker Week with Matt Ratto

As part of Maker Week at Milieux with Matt Ratto (University of Toronto), workshop participants visited the Speculative Life BioLab to engage with the theme of Quantifiable Self through microbiology. Each participant cultured their own microbiome, which was then allowed to grow over the duration of the week. Results were variable, with some participants culturing…

Artist Talk: Nurit Bar-Shai

Multimedia artist, Nurit Bar-Shai discusses her artwork practice using biological systems, the rise of citizen science labs and DIYbio culture, as well as her place in the current new biotechnology revolution that allows artists and citizen scientists to tinker with the living world. Biotechnology is a fast growing field with footprints in every aspect of…

Bacterial Painting workshop with Nurit Bar-Shai

  In this 2-part workshop, we will explore the use of live microbes as bio-regenerative paint and combine traditional and DIY laboratory techniques with painting and printmaking techniques. Participants to this workshop will be able to grow living designs and drawings using harmless bacteria, including bacteria with natural- pigments as well as genetically-engineered bacteria with…

Your First GMO: DIY CRISPR with Kevin Chen

Have you ever wondered what genetic engineering is? What is CRISPR and all the hype about that? How close are we to the future in which genetic engineering is used to bring back extinct species, extend human life or eradicating genetic diseases? In this workshop, we’ll cover the basics of the science, art and impact…

Artist Talk: Kathy High, Waste Matters – You Are My Future

Join Speculative Life research cluster for Waste Matters – You Are My Future artist talk and reception with Kathy High. Wednesday, November 2 at 5pm Milieux Institute, Resource Centre EV 11-715 1515 Sainte-Catherine West, Concordia University, Montreal Kathy High is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She produces videos and installations posing…

Visit with Joe Davis, Réseau Hexagram’s Distinguished Speaker 14

As part of Réseau Hexagram’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Joe Davis (MIT/Harvard) visited the Speculative Life Lab to meet with Concordia graduate students and affiliate researchers one-on-one and advise them on their research projects and interests. Joe Davis spent most of his early life in the American Deep South. While earning his Creative Arts degree (1973)…

Immortality workshop with Marta de Menezes

Workshop: “Immortality” Led by visiting international guest artist Marta de Menezes Sponsored by Milieux and Fluxmedia Time:  9:30am-5pm Date: Wednesday  February 17, 2016 Location: Institute Resource room  EV 11.715 Afternoon: EV. 10.835 The generation and use of immortal cell lines have become common practice in scientific laboratories, although the definition of “immortality” used in such…