Dr. Jennifer Willet
Dr. Jennifer Willet is the Director of INCUBATOR art lab and a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science and Ecology at the University of Windsor. In 2017, Willet was inducted into the College of New Scholars, Artists, and Scientists of the Royal Society of Canada.
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 a biological/computational art collective called BIOTEKNICA. Since 2008, Willet has also collaborated with Irish artist Kira O’Reilly resulting in numerous artworks, performances, presentations and exhibitions across Europe.
In 2009 she completed her PhD in the Interdisciplinary Humanities Program at Concordia University. 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 January 2018 INCUBATOR art lab launched a new custom-built BSL2 facility that is both a functional biotech laboratory and a multi-media theatre and exhibition venue. In 2020 Willet will launch a parallel space INCUBATOR Studio, an artist studio, community engagement hub and BSL1 bioart facility.
Willet has presented her projects art various venues including: RMIT Gallery, Melbourne, Australia (2018), WAAG Society, Amsterdam (2017), Open Space, Victoria (2016), Artcite Inc. (2014), Plug In Institute for Contemporary Art, Winnipeg (2013), the Ontario 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), 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 (2014); The Banff Centre, Canada (2002,2007, 2010, 2011); and SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia (2004,2006).
Willet’s artwork is managed by IOTA Institute. For art and exhibition inquiries please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
INCUBATOR art lab Team
INCUBATOR art lab has grown over the last 10 years from an artist lead studio/lab to a vibrant research community. Our team includes several student researchers and staff members from the arts and sciences as well as 50 cross-disciplinary undergraduate students annually. Without the contributions of these individuals, and the enlivened community we have built together, INCUBATOR art lab would not experience the volume and diversity of outputs we enjoy today.
We would also like to acknowledge the non-human contributors to INCUBATOR art lab research/creation including; the large colony of spirulina algae growing and oxygenating the lab in preparation for exhibition; the LB Agar sculptures growing microorganisms adding an olfactory funkiness that lingers around the incubator, amongst others.
Garvin ChinniaResearch Assistant
Garvin Chinnia, erstwhile painter and embryonic bioartist, mixed-race Ukrainian and Trinidadian, hailing from Sherwood Park, Alberta, Treaty 6 territory. He holds both a BA in History/Classics from the University of Alberta, and a BFA in Visual Arts from Emily Carr University of Art and Design. While the foundation of his practice is based in more traditional media such as painting and drawing, he has moved towards further incorporation of his favourite subjects (biological organisms and themes relevant to them) as actual parts of his works/potential collaborators. He is interested in finding practical ways that an artist may contribute in our current precarious existential climate. He hopes that his studies as an MFA student at University of Windsor will lead him to these important discoveries.
Gillian HughesResearch Assistant and Lab Monitor
Gillian Hughes studied Behaviour, Cognition, and Neuroscience at the University of Windsor, and is completing a Master's thesis on poultry behaviour and the microbiome at the University of Guelph. They are currently a research assistant at the INCUBATOR Art Lab, and also specialize in digital illustration
Nathalie Dubois CaleroGraduate Research Assistant
I am a fully self-accepted BacterVirHuman, bioartist (BFA, Concordia University, Montreal, CA MFA’s student University of Windsor, CA), and scientist (Ph.D. in plant science, UPMC, Paris, FR) named Nathalie Dubois Calero. My works are a feminist act of reconciliation with my non (or too much?) human components. Microbes are the media I use in workshops, performances, videos, and object-making. I am a member of Incubator art lab at the University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada.
Cri KostiBFA Student Studio and Research Assistant
Cri Kosti is a visual artist that has been involved in photography and film her entire life. Currently a visual arts and film student and mother of three, Cri values human connection and feels that connection and collaboration are vital for our communities to flourish.
Lyndsay MckayGraduate student Research Assistant
Lyndsay currently lives in Victoria, British Columbia. Drawing from her experiences as a former nurse, Lyndsay's work explores ways of transforming materials into a gestalt of viscerality, evocative of anatomical activity, pathogenic invasion, and cellularity. Graduating in 2020 with a BFA from Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Lyndsay’s academic interests began to merge the disciplines of art and science early in her path as a visual artist. Her work investigates biological embodiment through sculpture-based practices, highlighting concepts such as the connection between human and other-than-human species, bio-mapping, human-environmental relationships, ontology, epistemic expansion, and the structure of knowledge. Her recent works closely study organic materiality, which have opened doors to ever-evolving areas of navigation, from the relinquishment of control and sharing space, to the politics of symbolism and recognizing the powers of modern materials.
Domenica MedaitiResearch Assistant and Coordinator
Domenica Mediati is an emerging Intermedia Artist and a Sessional Instructor in the Faculty of Education and School of Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor and a Master of Fine Arts from Wayne State University. Domenica Mediati works across traditional painting and drawing, digital animation and bioart practices. Over the past four years, Domenica has been a lead team member at INCUBATOR Art Lab, a bioart laboratory and studio in Windsor, Ontario, Canada. She serves as a creative and intellectual collaborator on INCUBATOR Art Lab community engagement events and leads educational outreach programming.
Abigail MorrisLab Technician
Abigail Morris is a Science Communicator. She earned her Master’s of Science Communication from Laurentian University and her BSc in Neuroscience and Mental Health with a minor in Psychology from Carleton University. She is passionate about art and science and believes that science communication is the perfect way to bridge these interests. Abbey strives to make scicomm a more equitable, diverse, and inclusive space for people to share their enthusiasm for science in creative and engaging ways. Outside of work, Abbey enjoys bouldering at the Windsor Rock Gym, thrift shopping, and drawing flowers.
Hadia NadeemResearch Assistant
Hadia Nadeem is a 4th year Behavior, Cognition and Neuroscience undergraduate student at the University of Windsor. She is currently a research assistant at the Incubator Art Lab. She is completing her undergraduate thesis project on the function of NKR-P1B and Clr-b receptor: ligand interactions in kupffer cells in Dr. Rahim's Immunology Lab. Additionally, Hadia is currently maintaining a scientific blog (English and French) regarding the issue of microplastics in the environment that is endorsed by Environment and Climate Change Canada (ECCC). In 2019, she completed the International Baccalaureate (IB). Hadia has also worked as a research assistant at Dr. Erdodi’s Adult Neuropsychology Laboratory as well as the Healthy Headwaters Lab (HHL) as a volunteer in Science Communication.
Dunia RobaBSc student Research and Lab Assistant
Dunia Roba is an undergraduate Biochemistry student at the University of Windsor. She is currently a Research Assistant and Lab Monitor at INCUBATOR Art Lab and was a member of the 2021-2022 Teen Art Council at Art Windsor Essex. Dunia has a passion for photography and is a member of SMART at the University of Windsor. In her spare time, Dunia enjoys scrolling Pinterest and eating sweets.
Tina SuntresScientific Advisor
Tina Suntres has been involved with the Incubator lab since 2012 when she took the Bioart class during her biology undergrad studies. She then completed a Masters in Biological Sciences in 2016, while still helping out in the Incubator lab as a research assistant and giving guest lectures to bioart classes. Now, she is working at the University of Windsor in the Research and Innovation Office and also completing her MBA (2021). Tina is part of the University of Windsor Research Safety Committee, and the Animal Care Committee and is currently acting as the Scientific Advisor to the Incubator lab.
Nate TalbotGraduate Researcher
Nate is an MFA graduate from UWindsor specializing in 3D rendering, 3D scanning, VR model design, machine learning, and holography. With a background in philosophy focusing on aesthetics and post-structuralism Nate seeks to examine the confluence between technologically-produced simulations and real biological structures. Through the use of new technologies he seeks to deconstruct the artist's role as a medium between nature and the simulacrum.