BioreMEDIAtion is a ten day workshop focused on artistic and scientific applications of bioremediation. Bioremediation is a practice used in the life sciences to decontaminate polluted ecologies using life forms such as bacteria and yeast.  This workshop explores artistic and scientific practices of bioengineering of life systems – from the microbe to the human and their larger implication for sustainable ecologies. An interdisciplinary research approach is taken to create a series of visual art prototypes that explore the question: how might biological and digital ecologies be sustained through the practice of bioremediation today and in the future? How does the bioengineering of life systems in media art and science introduce new aesthetic and ethical challenges?

This week-long seminar workshop brings together researchers and graduate students from Concordia and the University of Windsor. Leading practitioners work alongside graduate students to think through the aforementioned concerns by generating visual prototypes and research-creation projects. See the schedule below.


Hosted by Fluxmedia in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University, in partnership with INCUBATOR from the University of Windsor (Canada) participating researchers included: Stelarc, Senior Fellow at MARCS Laboratories, University of Western (Sydney, Australia) and Chair in Performance Art, School of Arts, Brunel University, Tagny Duff,Assistant Professor in Communication Studies and Director of Fluxmedia, Concordia, Dr. Jennifer Willet, Assistant Professor and Director of INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology from the School of Visual Art, at the University of Windsor, Dr. Justin Powlowsky, Associate Professor in Biochemistry and Associate Dean, Concordia University, as well as researchers and students from Concordia University and The University of Windsor.  Visitors and guest speakers included: David Kang from Emily Car University of Art and Design, Nicolas Reeves and David St. Onge, NXI GESTATIO.

We thank the following for financial support of the project including: Concordia University, Hexagram and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and INCUBATOR.

Schedule [click to see it]

Day 1: Oct 22, Friday +
Day 2: Oct 23, Saturday +
Day 3: Oct 25, Monday +
Day 4: October 26, Tuesday +
Day 5: Oct 27, Wednesday +
Day 6: Oct 28, Thursday +