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…

Amélie and Brice give first BioLab artist talk of the season

Last night, we hosted the first Milieux Speculative Life BioLab artist talk of 2020! Amélie Brindamour (Montréal) and Brice Ammar-Khodja (Paris) spoke about their artistic, research, and collaborative practices. Amélie recently completed a residency at Milieux that she was co-awarded by the Conseil québécois des arts médiatiques (CQAM) and Milieux. During her talk, she focused…

Revamping the BioLab!

It’s been a lovely week reorganizing the lab with Marc for a new season of workshops and research-creation. We even have room for a triple kombucha pool tower now. We have a serious organizational wizard in our midst. It’s amazing what a little rearranging can do!

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…

Making A Body

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

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…