When Microbes Dream

Jennifer Willet
October 5th 2021 Kapelica Gallery, ljubljana Slovenia

When Microbes Dream introduces audiences to allegorical visions of biotechnology as a technology of abundance, rooted in interspecies collaboration and bespoke ecologies. With this exhibition, the artist reimagines laboratory aesthetics as bountiful, feminine, and gaudy in direct contradiction to scientific norms. Willet presents several works including live specimens in conjunction with performative sculpture, large-scale installations, and a series of digital prints.

Each artwork presents a complex vision of organisms large and small (mammals, microbes, plants, and insects) working in collaboration to present biotech processes to human audiences. This work de-prioritizes the human scientist as the dominant organism working within a robust laboratory ecology. Rather, presents the daydreams of non-human organisms living, reproducing, performing and dying within laboratory settings.

When Microbes Dream presents a feminist science-fiction where biotechnology manifests interspecies collaboration, reproduction, theatre and storytelling as a means to re-imagine our shared biotech future.


Due to a series of overseas shipping-related events, this exhibition was rescheduled to Fall 2021. We are grateful to INCAUBTOR Art Lab team members, Angela Awada, Billie McLaughlin and Domenica Mediati for making this happen during a pandemic.

We would like to thank Kapelica Gallery and the Kersinkova Institute and Jurij Krpan, Sandra Sajovic, and Simon Gmajner for making sure that both the work and Dr. Jennifer Willet arrived safely in Slovenia.

For more information on the exhibition, visit Kapelica's website.


Project Assistants: Billie Mclaughlin, Domenica Mediati, Angela Awada, Jude Abu Zaineh, Lisha Laing, Aleeza Tariq, Kadila Adili, Phil Habashy, Justin Elliott, Michael Lucenkiw, Gillian Hughes, Luke Maddiford, Ashley Hemmings.

The project is supported by: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Department of Culture of the Municipality of Ljubljana, University of Windsor, Canada Research Chair Program, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ontario Arts Council, Canada Council for the Arts.

Image credit
1-3) Jennifer Willet, When Microbes Dream at Kapelica Gallery, 2021. Image Credit: J.Willet.