Fluxmedia presentation

Fluxmedia is a hosting an informal evening of discussion and short presentations with graduate researchers and guests engaged in interdisciplinary research crossing over between art and life sciences.  Please come join us for snacks and the first meeting of the year.  Everyone is welcome.

Date: Wednesday October 2, 2013

Location: Resource room 11.705 Ev Building,

1515 St. Catherine West, Downtown Concordia Campus

Time: 5:30-8pm

The presentations:

Britt Wray, independent artist and Toronto based radio producer, will talk about her research in the fields of synthetic biology and neuroscience, highlighting efforts from creative non-scientist workers that are shaping our understanding of them. She will speak from her experiences as a broadcaster on the tensions that exist between popular science communication, honouring the integrity of complex science and critical modes of communication that bioart affords us. Building on theories from anthropology, philosophy and art, Britt will make a case for a renewed responsibility in science journalism that looks to art for inspiration, wisdom and technique.

Genevieve Ruest, Phd Researcher and artist, participated as an artist in residence at Pelling Labs at the University of Ottawa this summer and worked on her doctoral research-creation project featuring the creation of a relational skin, a corpus relationalis, as a way to rethink the body. She will discuss some of the key concerns and developments that emerged during the process of working in the tissue culture laboratory.

Tristan Matheson, MA researcher and artist, also joined the Pelling Labs as an artist in residence this a summer. He will discuss his experience working as a non-scientist in the tissue culture laboratory and how this has informed his MA thesis project  “Contagious Matters”.

Linsday Tarnowetzki, MA researcher, has just returned from presenting at the 5th Beyond Humanisms conference in Rome (Sept 2013). She will discuss the highlights of the conference and provide an overview of the paper she presented titled “HAL, GLaDOS, and Dren: Discursive Influences on the Construction of Popular Culture”. By using Haraway’s concept of the cyborg Lindsay argues that we can read the science fiction characters of GLaDOS (from the video game Portal) and Dren (from the film Splice) as characters that interrogate boundaries, especially the boundaries of humanism.

Bios

Britt Wray is a Toronto-based radio producer and artist. She is trained as a biologist and has worked in TV with National Geographic, documentary feature film with Field Test Films, and in public radio with CBC and WNYC. Britt is currently working in radio at the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation making audio stories for CBC Music, and was a producer on Think About It, a nationally broadcast program about neuroscience on CBC Radio One. She collaborates with scientists, journalists and bioartists and her work aims to close the gap where their respective fields meet. Britt is a graduate of the diploma program in the Department of Communication Studies, Concordia University and MA Interdisciplinary Master’s in Art, Media and Design, OCAD University.

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Geneviève Ruest is an artist-researcher working with tissue culture, bioengineering, microscopy, medical imageries and installations. Her Ph.D. research project (Humanities Program, Concordia) consists in the creation of a relational skin, a corpus relationalis, as a way to rethink the human body: toward an interdisciplinary reflection and practice in terms of Art and Technology. Currently acting as coordinator and researcher at Fluxmedia, she is fascinated with Art, Sciences, Technology and Post-studio art practice. Recipient of many grants, fellowships, awards and honors at national and international levels, Ruest has represented Canada in several artistic events. Her work was presented in Canada in different museums and galleries as well as in Africa and Europe, in private and public collections. Ruest is constantly involved in artistic events as guest artist, in cultural juries and frequently invited as lecturer. She recently co-founded and now serves as vice-president on the Board of Directors for Axiome Art Center, as vice-president on the Board of Directors for the StudioXX and the Cultural Council of the MRC of Roussillon.

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Tristan Matheson is an interdisciplinary researcher/artist focusing on the intersections between science, technology, the arts and culture. His recent research consists of exploring the connections people have with their material culture or micro culture. In summer 2013, Tristan did an artist residency at Pelling Lab at the University of Ottawa, in order to facilitate a closer hands-on examination of micro matter. Thanks to Andrew Pelling and his crew, he was able to not only understand micro culture, specifically HeLa cells, but was able to conduct a microethnographic and macroethnographic sketch of the culture in a laboratory space.  Matheson is a 2nd year MA student in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.

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Lindsay Tarnowetzki is a 2nd year MA student in the Communication department at Concordia University. She has a BA in English from the University of Saskatchewan. Her research interests include game studies, popular culture, and science fiction. Her MA thesis uses BioShock Infinite as a case study to aid in the development of the concept of environmental storytelling which links game functionality with narrative.