Incubator People

Dr. Jennifer Willet
Director, Incubator: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science and Ecology.

Portrait of Dr. Jennifer Willet by Arturo Herrera, 2013.

Dr. Jennifer Willet is an internationally recognized artist and curator in the emerging field of bioart.  Her research resides at the intersection of art and science, and explores notions of representation, the body, ecologies, and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field.  She engages in performance, installation, photography and sculpture based artistic practices, community arts and social practice, and philosophy of science, media studies, Science and Technology Studies, combined with protocols and life forms from the biological sciences.

From 2000-2007 Willet and Shawn Bailey collaborated on an innovative computational, biological, artistic, project called BIOTEKNICA.  Since 2008 she has collaborated with UK based performance artist Kira O’Reilly.  She taught in Studio Arts at Concordia University (2000-2007) and at the Art and Genomics Centre at the University of Leiden (2008) in the Netherlands, and now works as an Associate Professor in the School of Creative Arts, at The University of Windsor.  In 2009 she opened the first biological art lab in Canada, called INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology.  In July 2011, she completed BioARTCAMP, a project that involved hosting 20 artists, scientists and students at The Banff Centre, where they built a portable bioart laboratory and conducted experiments in the Canadian Rocky Mountains.  In 2018 INCUBATOR Lab is opening a new custom-built BSL2 facility that is both a functional biotech laboratory and a multi-media theatre and exhibition venue.  This internationally unique facility includes a glass wall opening to a large atrium, theatrical lighting, sound and video capabilities, to enable live and online viewing of biotechnology/artworks and performances.  In 2017, she was awarded membership in the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada in recognition of her academic and artistic excellence and emerging intellectual leadership in Canada and beyond.

Selected Exhibitions and Projects include: WAAG Society, Amsterdam (2017), Open Space, Victoria (2016), Artcite Inc. (2014), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2013), theOntario Science Centre, Toronto, (2013) and Scotiabank Nuit Blanche, Toronto (2013), The Banff Centre, Alberta (2011), Arnolfini Museum, Bristol UK (2010), Exit Art Gallery, New York, NY (2009), Ars Electronica festival, Linz (2008), FOFA Gallery, Montreal (2007), ISEA San Jose, USA (2006), Biennial Electronic Arts Perth, Perth, Australia (2004), The European Media Arts Festival, Osnabrück, Germany (2003), amongst others.  She has conducted many residencies including:  The Arctic Circle, Norway; The Banff Centre, Canada; and SymbioticAThe University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia.

http://www.jenniferwillet.com
http://www.incubatorartlab.com
http://bioartwindsor.blogspot.com/
http://leidenbioart.blogspot.com/
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Incubator/203661772982677

jswillet at gmail.com

Current Team Members:

Billie Mclaughlin
Artist Assistant
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Patrick Bodnar
Assistant to the Director/Lab Assistant
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Joshua Babcock
Website Maintenance

Past Contributors:

Pearl Van Geest
BioART Class Graduate Teaching Assistant
and Toronto Field Trip Coordinator
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Kacie Auffret
Lab Assistant
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Adam Boylan
Accounting
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Lauren Divito
Assistant to the Director
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Amanda White
BioART Class Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Tokio Webster
Assistant to the Director, and Researcher
Project Manager BioARTCAMP
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Otto Ritosa
Accounting and Budget Planning
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Billie McLaughlin
Artist Assistant
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Victor Romao
BioART Class Graduate Teaching Assistant
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Amanda White, Jodi Vanderbeke, Moira Robertson, Nasseme Albonaimi
BioARTCAMP Project Assistants
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Justin Langlois
Website Design and Maintenance