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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

BioCircuitry: Slime Mold Networks and Computational Models workshop

Tuesday, April 16th 1-3pm Instructors: Owen Coolidge & Matt Halpenny, with Alex Bachmayer Slime mold is a biological wild card capable of forming networks of emergent behaviour and intelligence out of single cells. Their colonies have collective memory banks and sophisticated problem solving skills, allowing them to act as mini biocomputers. Along with their efficient…

Industrial Waste/ Microbial Bioremediation workshop

Industrial Waste/ Microbial Bioremediation workshop Dates/ Times: December 5 from 1-4pm & December 7 from 1-2:30pm Instructor: WhiteFeather Hunter with Alex Bachmayer, technical assistant Day 1 will introduce participants to techniques used to culture soil microbes found in ambient soil samples, as well as to soil inoculation techniques using a special species of bacteria known…