Feasting the Lab

FEASTING THE LAB
School of Creative Arts, The Armouries, 37 University Ave. E
January 20, 2018

Join Incubator Lab in celebrating its new location!

Come and join us for a BIG cabaret / Performance / Party called “Feasting the Lab” to commemorate the opening of the new INCUBATOR Lab in the School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor.

Hosted by Jennifer Willet

Guests Include:

Marta De Menezes
Lisa Carrie Goldberg
Jude Abu Zaineh
Dalila Honorato
Domenica Mediati
Bruce Kotowich
Soul Brother Stef
UWindsor Chamber Choir
UWindsor Students

Including live entertainment, beverages and bites!

See you January 20th, 2018 7:30-10:30. Be sure to arrive on time to catch the beginning of the show!

Free event

Article featuring the event + interview with Jennifer Willet: http://windsorindependent.com/event-feasting-the-lab/

The event poster can be found here.

This project is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada


Eco Nuit Parade

ECO NUIT PARADE
Saturday, October 05, 2013
7:00 pm – 7:00 am the next day
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche

ECO NUIT PARADE will bring cutting edge bioart practices to the Toronto audiences through an interdisciplinary art/science parade.  Bioart is a form of contemporary art that uses living biology as its media.  The ECO NUIT PARADE will feature bioart projects that consider the local ecology from a variety of art and technology perspectives.  Our parade will be a “Night Cavalcade” utilizing illumination – digital media – and phosphorescence – to convert the downtown Toronto ecology into a menagerie of imagined, living, and semi-living organisms.  Bystanders will be encouraged to join the parade!

The ECO NUIT PARADE is a co-production between the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre and INCUBATOR Laboratory in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation at the University of Windsor, Canada.  Dr. Jennifer Willet, in collaboration with Ana Klasnja have invited a variety artists, musicians, and students to produce portable illuminated artworks investigating the complex social, technological, and environmental ecology of contemporary life in Toronto.

Building on the success of last year’s Art and Ecology Parade organized in Windsor, the ECO NUIT PARADE will take to the streets of Toronto.  A Tent home base for the parade will reside on the front lawn of Toronto’s CAMH on Queen Street where the public will be able to interact with parade participants, and see the portable exhibits up close.  At 9:00 pm, 1:00 am, and 5:00 am members of the public will be asked to join the parade marching a 30 min parade.  Musicians and the public will join approx. 30-40 artists and performers. Costumes will glow in the dark!  Devices will emit sound and light!  Spectators eager to join the parade will be given masks, streamers, noisemakers, and take-home lab experiments.

Co-Curated by Ana Klasnja (OCS) and Dr. Jennifer Willet (UofW).

Featured Artists Include:

Rhythmic by Nature
http://www.rhythmicbynature.com/

Roberta Buiani and Lisa Carrie Goldberg
‘Biolab-on-wheels’
http://www.yorku.ca/robb/
http://actionpotentialspace.com/

Amy Rae
‘GEOFFE the Dragon’

Harmony Pillon
‘Mapping Bits of Canada: Pacific-Atlantic’
http://www.harmonypillon.com/

Arturo Herrera
‘My Glowing Identity’
http://www.arteisfoto.com/

Amy Swartz
Excerpt from “Pest”
http://www.amyswartz.com/

Special Thanks to: Ana Klasnja, Pearl Van Geest, Kevin Von Appen, Sabrina Greupner, Catherine Harris, Ken Giles, Julia Bennett, Leo Groarke, David Bussiere, Wendy Bedard, Karen Engel, Sherri Lynne Menard, Mike Darroch, Stephen Fields, Teresa Carlesimo, Amanda White, Lauren DiVito, Kacie Auffret, Cylita Guy, Talha Sadiq, Raki Malhotra, Aurelia Engstrom, Gillian Thomas, Filip Miscevic, Derek Hartley, Carl Dixon, Bharati Singh, Laura Service, Kasey D.

Project Assistant: Pearl Van Geest

Parade Construction/Designer Assistant: Billie Mclaughlin

Video Director: Owen Eric Wood

Photographer: Kim Breland

Species Poster Design: Nicole Beno

Faculty Chaperone: Dr. Dr. Ken Giles

University of Windsor Participants: Aaron Moran, Laura Service, Paul Rae, Aaron King, Don Demers, Faliciah Dumoulin, Emily Regnier, Béla Varga, Tania Palcong, Carissa Fontana, Melissa Marchant, Natalie Gaudet, Alyssa Rigney, Brandon Turnbull, Justin Elliott, Elayna Rajsigl, Kristy Cons, Rain Farooqi, Mark Gasparovic, Xiaoxiao Zhang, Amelia Herceg, Lauren Reaume, Han Wang, Kristina Greco, Adam Setosta, Caleigh Arthur, Domenica Mediati, Ben Hajdu, Patrick Bodnar, Isabella Cheng, Miranda Lauzon, Stephanie Guthrie, Amy Thomson, Bryce Clark, Laura Laframboise, Klaudia Sarninska, Lucas Straszak, Ashley Zucchet, Juan Pablo Gomez, Areen Young, Ali Dudharm.

Sponsors include: INTERMINUS Research Group, University of Windsor, Ontario Science Centre, CAMH (Centre for Addiction and Mental Health), Rhythmic by Nature, Toronto Therapy Dogs.


BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences

BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences
October 05, 2013 – Feb 02, 2013
!dea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Exhibition Website: https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/ScienceNow/IdeaGallery/BioART/


KACIE AUFFRET

BRYCE CLARK

LAUREN DIVITO

ERICA DOUGLAS

ERIKA DUCHENE

CHELSEA GREENWELL

ASHLEIGH GUNTER

AMANDA LAFLAMME

BRANDON LEMIRE

NATALIE NADEAU

TINA SUNTRES

STEPHEN SURLIN

AMANDA WHITE

Science, Art and Ecology intersect in the Ontario Science Centre’s !dea Gallery from October 5, 2013 to February 2, 2014 during an innovative exhibition showcasing the work of thirteen Bioart students from the University of Windsor’s Incubator Lab.  Founded by Dr. Jennifer Willet in 2009, Incubator is a hybrid laboratory where students research and explore ideas and practices in the leading-edge field of bioart. An art installation in its own right, the exhibition will form a panoramic view of the laboratory as the background for the art works of the students.

The work selected is challenging, thought provoking and presents a diversity of conceptual positions. The exhibition encompasses photography, sculpture, installation, painting and drawing as well as more unconventional art forms. The biological component that, overt or subtle, is contained within each work is similarly wide ranging, from bacteria and fungus encased in resin to plants that will continue to grow during the course of the exhibition.

Co-Curated by: Ana Klasnja ana.klasnja@osc.on.ca and Dr. Jennifer Willet jwillet@uwindsor.ca

Special Thanks to:

Ana Klasnja, Pearl Van Geest, Leo Groarke, Kevin Von Appen, Sabrina Greupner, Karen Engel, Mike Darroch, Lauren DiVito, Kacie Auffret, Arturo Herrera, Eric Owen Wood, Michael Cornett, Andy Rauer, Michael Leslie, John McLachlin, Gail Collins, Justin Collins, Julia Bennett, Ken Huxley, Glenn McIntosh, Chris Fenwick, Craig Allen, Tim Cooey.

Sponsors include: University of Windsor, Ontario Science Centre, INTERMINUS Research Group.

Project coordination by Pearl Van Geest.

Laboratory photography and student portraits by Arturo Herrera.

INCUBATOR video by Eric Owen Wood.


Yeast Workshops

AMSTERDAM – HAMILTON – WINDSOR YEAST
Yeast BioART Workshops hosted by INCUBATOR Lab
Jennifer Willet
2012-2013
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Yeast are single cell organisms that are probably one of the earliest domesticated organisms in terms of human technology. The yeast species Saccharomyces Cerevisiae has been used in baking and fermenting alcoholic beverages for thousands of years. It is also extremely important as a model organism in modern cell biology research, and is the most thoroughly researched eukaryotic microorganism. Researchers have used it to gather information into the biology of the eukaryotic cell and ultimately human biology.

The goal of this workshop is for participants to cultivate samples of yeast from their local environment – to grow these samples over a few days at home – allowing participants to see for themselves organisms that are usually not visible to the naked eye. This lab serves to remind us that our civic environment is a complex ecology teeming with life in many forms.

Participants will receive a brief introduction to contemporary BioART practices, and information on yeast. They will lean how to make Potato Dextrose Agar (the medium required for cultivating yeast) with ingredients purchased from grocery stores; How to swab yeast samples from their surroundings; and sterile technique. They will receive a brief introduction to biosafety – and finally create their own bioart project growing yeast in concert with other materials.

This lab is rated BSL1 no known harm to humans, in other words a kitchen grade experiment appropriate for audiences of a variety of ages.

Video Documentation of the WAAG Amsterdam Yeast Workshop in June 2013 by Zoot Derks and Jeanette Groenendaal.

Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PSMIwiqvtFM

Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vAux5P164B4

Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jjnTyJtJkbE


Art and Ecology Parade

Art and Ecology Parade
Jennifer Willet
INCUBATOR Lab – Arts Council of Windsor – Culture Days Event
12:00 Saturday, Sept 29, 2012
All Ages event

The Art and Ecology Parade was a performance artwork intended to draw participants, audiences and community members into discussions about art and ecology in the Windsor area.  The parade featured local artists, community members and species.  Microscopic organisms, invasive species, home grown vegetables, and household pests were all be represented in a complex re-telling of our local ecology.

The event commenced at The Arts Council of Windsor with a brief presentation about art and science collaboration – and introducing members of the local arts/ecology/scientific communities to audiences and each other.  A variety of art and ecology projects were highlighted in the presentation.  Audience members and participants then met up in the street – where everyone was assigned a prop or duty in the collaborative production of a parade.   The parade will then commenced – with music and rhythm, and spectacle west along Wyandotte to Canada South Science City.

This unusual gathering will provided a creative opportunity for artists / scientists / environmentalists / and community members to congregate and together engage in dialogue towards imagining our local urban ecology.

Featured Artists: Amanda White, Patricia Coates, Alana Bartol, Debbie Powell, Harmony Pillon

Video Production/Edit: Christiaan Meyer

Thank you to our supporters: The Arts Council of Windsor and Region, Canada South Science City, University of Windsor, Windsor/Essex County Humane Society

Thank you to individuals: Michelle Le Chien, Jennifer Escott, Alana Bartol, Michelle Soulliere, Marisa Spadafora, Cedrick Manners, William Baylis, 
Lauren Divito, Victoria Symons, Grant Yocom.


Art + Life

ART + LIFE
SOVA Projects Gallery
University of Windsor
2012
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The ART + LIFE exhibition highlights the student projects affiliated the BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences class taught in the INCUBATOR laboratory by Jennifer Willet from 2009-2013 at the University of Windsor.

Curated by Jennifer Willet and Kacie Auffret

For more information about the BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences Class: http://bioartwindsor.blogspot.ca/

AMANDA LAFLAMME

AMANDA WHITE

BRANDON LEMIRE

BRYCE CLARK

COLE FORTIER

ERICA DOUGLAS

JESSICA HOWICK

KACIE AUFFRET

LAUREN DIVITO

NATALIE NADEAU

TINA SUNTRES


BioARTCAMP Video

BioARTCAMP: A Rocky Mountain Adventure in Art and Biology
A Short Video document co-produced by G-Netwerk & INCUBATOR
Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks and Jennifer Willet

BioARTCAMP is a two-week residency program at The Banff Centre directed by Dr. Jennifer Willet from The University of Windsor, Canada. BioARTCAMP is a hybrid workshop / conference / performance event where 20 national and international artists, scientists, filmmakers, and university students will work for two weeks to build a portable biology laboratory in Banff National Park.  BioARTCAMP will serve as a “field research station” housing a functional biological sciences lab and a variety of art/science projects.

The BioARTCAMP Video was co-produced by G-Netwerk & INCUBATOR

(Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks and Jennifer Willet) and serves an evocative artwork itself, while providing a glimpse of the BioARTCAMP experience to a larger general audience.

Credits:

Direction, Interviews, Camera, Edit: Jeanette Groenendaal and Zoot Derks

Music: Angus Leech and Dylan Leech

Audio Post Production: Warning Studio’s

BioARTCAMP Project Designer and Director:  Jennifer Willet

Project Manager: Tokio Webster

Participants:

Iain Baxter&, Angus Leech, Tagny Duff, Paul Vanouse, Marta De Menezes, Marie Pier Boucher, Kurt Illerbrun, Bulent Mutus, Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks, Jennifer Willet, Jamie Ferguson, Britt Wray, Kacie Auffret, David Dowhaniuk

A special thank you to:

Grant Yocom, Louise Baxter&, Joan Linder, Dylan Leech, Jean Macpherson, Karin Stubenvoll, Cindy Schatkoski, Mark Resch, Cassandra Piroutz, Susan Kennard, Jamie Fennell, Lori Rissling-Wynn, Ann Morrow, Amanda White, Jodi Vanderbeke, Moira Robertson, Nasseme Albonaimi, Otto Ritosa, Billie McLaughlin, Victor Romao, Josh Babcock, Meghan Krauss, Jennifer Barone, Gam Macasaet, Stephen Fields, Sherri Lynne Menard, Leigh Harold, Wissam Aoun, Rachel Manno, Anthony Brook, Nick Caulford, Tony Chatham, Robert Zwijnenberg, Judy Buchanan-Mappin, Praveen K. Saxena, Melentie Pandilovski.

We are grateful for support from the following partners:

The Banff Centre, The University of Windsor, SSHRC the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, Hostelling International , Parks Canada, Banff National Park, Glenbow Museum, The Art and Genomics Centre, at The University of Leiden, Fonds BKVB.


BioARTCAMP

BioARTCAMP: A Rocky Mountain Adventure in Art and Biology
Jennifer Willet
July 2011

BioARTCAMP is a two-week residency program at The Banff Centre directed by Dr. Jennifer Willet from The University of Windsor, Canada. BioARTCAMP is a hybrid workshop / conference / performance event where 20 national and international artists, scientists, filmmakers, and university students will work for two weeks to build a portable biology laboratory in Banff National Park.  BioARTCAMP will serve as a “field research station” housing a functional biological sciences lab and a variety of art/science projects.  BioARTCAMP will open its doors to the general public for a one day “art/science fair” with food, music, and activities for all ages.  BioARTCAMP will conclude at The Banff Centre with a two-day conference.

BioARTCAMP is designed to emphasize ecological metaphors for describing biotechnology in public discourse, and to complicate the ‘Great Divide’ between lab and field based research methodologies in the hard sciences.   BioARTCAMP will deploy humour and DIY techniques for reimagining biotechnology against the backdrop of the Canadian Rocky Mountains and motifs of back country exploration, mountain ecologies, and the wild west.  BioARTCAMP serves the demystification and democratization of biotechnology – within the context of larger ecological considerations with full attention to health and Safety considerations and respect for the delicate ecology of Banff National Park.

This expedition will allow for the artist to share with the general public a different view of the place of biotechnology in our society – or rather the place of biotechnology in the evolution of life on this planet – and our role as a single instigator organism in this complex process.

Participants:

Iain Baxter&, Angus Leech, Tagny Duff, Paul Vanouse, Marta De Menezes, Marie Pier Boucher, Kurt Illerbrun, Bulent Mutus, Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks, Jennifer Willet, Jamie Ferguson, Britt Wray, Kacie Auffret, David Dowhaniuk and Project Coordinator Tokio Webster

Public Events:

Wednesday July 27, 2011 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

BioARTCAMP Art/Science Fair

Free and open to the public

Location: Castle Mountain Wilderness Hostel

Saturday and Sunday July 30 and 31, 2011 10:00 am – 5:00 pm
BioARTCAMP Artist Speakers Series
Location: The Banff Centre

INCUBATOR is grateful for support from the following partners:

The Banff Centre, The University of Windsor, SSHRC the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, Hostelling International, Parks Canada, Banff National Park, Glenbow Museum, The Art and Genomics Centre, at The University of Leiden, Fonds BKVB.


A special thank you to:

Tokio Webster, Grant Yocom, Louise Baxter&, Joan Linder, Dylan Leech, Jean Macpherson, Karin Stubenvoll, Cindy Schatkoski, Mark Resch, Cassandra Piroutz, Susan Kennard, Jamie Fennell, Lori Rissling-Wynn, Ann Morrow, Amanda White, Jodi Vanderbeke, Moira Robertson, Nasseme Albonaimi, Otto Ritosa, Billie McLaughlin, Victor Romao, Josh Babcock, Meghan Krauss, Jennifer Barone, Gam Macasaet, Stephen Fields, Sherri Lynne Menard, Leigh Harold, Wissam Aoun, Rachel Manno, Anthony Brook, Nick Caulford, Tony Chatham, Robert Zwijnenberg, Judy Buchanan-Mappin, Praveen K. Saxena, Melentie Pandilovski.


BioreMEDIAtion

BioreMEDIAtion Workshop (Fluxmedia) - Concordia University, Montreal, Canada, 2010

BioreMEDIAtion
An Art/Science Workshop
Oct 21-28 2010, Concordia University
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

In October 2010, a group of artists, scientists and students gathered at Concordia University in Montreal to engage with the concept of bioremediation as applied in media art and biological sciences. Through discussion, workshops and the creation of working prototype designs we imagined and performed possibilities for bioremediating bodies across the nature-culture divide.

We asked questions such as: how might human-animal, plant, insect, bacterial and environmental bodies be reconfigured  given new technological developments and practices of bioremediation?  What dangers, suspicions, uncertainty and possibilities exist at the cross roads of new technological developments and conceptual understandings? Together we engaged in bio-hacking a blend of amateur DIY science, artistic exploration and scientific lab research – to think through such questions, while also developing and practicing modes of engagement with bioremediation.

Participants:

Hosted by Fluxmedia in the Communication Studies Department 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.

Link: http://fluxmediaresearch.com/#515201

Participants from INCUBATOR at The University of Windsor Include: Dr. Jennifer Willet, and students Tokio Webster, Amanda White, and Nasseme Albonaimi.  We are grateful for support from SSHRC Social Science and Humanities Research Council and The University of Windsor for support of this project.


Laboratory Aesthetics


Jennifer Willet from INCUBATOR Lab Documentation, The School of Visual Arts, Windsor Canada, 2010

Laboratory Aesthetics
Jennifer Willet
2009 – Ongoing

INCUBATOR Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology in it’s physical manifestation is a functional laboratory, but also an complex art installation.  INCUBATOR challenges conventional notions of what a lab is, how a lab is constructed, and what it looks like.  In particular, this work will contest our expectations of the laboratory aesthetic.

From my experience, we imagine laboratories as sterile and objective workplaces.  This vision of the lab instills a sense of authority and over-confidence in the methodologies and results that each laboratory produces.  In actuality, successful labs can be very dirty and unruly places.  There is no need for the perfect cleanliness, smooth surfaces, and rigid instrument design that we imagine as essential to scientific practices.  INCUBATOR lab will serve as an alternative laboratory site – where aesthetic choices in the outlay of the facility, the design of the equipment, and lighting will all be interrogated and reimagined towards alternative, democratic, and ecological perpetuations of biotech research.

Sponsors:

SSHRC – Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada

The School of Visual Arts – The University of Windsor