Panel: Mangling Methodologies in Biological Art and Display Practices

Artist WhiteFeather Hunter and her osteosarcoma cells in culture. Photo by Tristan Matheson

November 5, 2015, 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

York Amphiteatre, EV 1.615
1515 St-Catherine street West, Montréal

In conjunction with FOFA Gallery’s exhibition Biomateria + Contagious Matters

This panel explores research creation projects borrowing from and mangling methodologies applied across tissue culture engineering, bioengineering, visual art and art exhibition practices.

Working together in various capacities, the moderator and panel members have developed methodologies for working across the scientific wet lab and art gallery system to explore interrelations between human, microbial and microcellular life. Matheson and Hunter discuss their current work displayed in the FoFA gallery, and reflect on methodologies and processes generated through working “hands-on” with cell culture in the wet lab and public exhibition. Duff and Pelling reflect on the work of Hunter and Matheson and discuss how supervising graduate students and engaging with artists in the institutional context towards a research-creation thesis exhibition presents the need for the “mangling” of current methodologies and processes in research, graduate student training and cross disciplinary collaboration. Hauser will discuss how methodologies and processes emerging from the biological arts challenge modes of display enacted and presented within fine art exhibition venues today.

The vernissage for Biomateria + Contagious Matters will follow the discussion panel.
Thank you to the gracious support from Concordia’s Office of the Dean.


Jens Hauser (postdoc), Independent Curator, Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Department of Arts and Culture at the University of Copenhagen

WhiteFeather Hunter (artist-researcher), MFA Studio Arts, Concordia University

Tristan Matheson (artist-researcher), MA Communication Studies, Concordia University

Dr. Andrew Pelling, Scientist, Associate Professor in the Department of Physics and Canada Research Chair in Cellular Mechanics at the University of Ottawa, and Director of Pelling Labs

Moderated by Dr Tagny Duff (artist-researcher), Associate Professor Communication Studies, Concordia University and Director of Fluxmedia