Bio Art Series: The Recap

StickMan by Stelarc  Chantal Routhier Photography

StickMan by Stelarc
Chantal Routhier Photography

Throughout May, IOTA hosted a series of free public exhibitions, events and installations in Halifax, NS.

Whether it’s creating microbial art using yeast, or engaging with a full-body exoskeleton, Bio Art is a practice that transcends the fields of visual art, media art, and science – applied, social and political. This continuously evolving practice also tests (and sometimes breaks) the boundaries of these fields.

Bio Art requires public intersection; it’s about how the public engages with the work, which is connected to personal politics and your everyday existence in the world.

The Bio Art Series brought Bio Art into public and accessible forms. From the Halifax Central Library, to the Discovery Centre, to the Anna Leonowens Gallery, public curiosity for this series was ignited by the talented local, national, and international artists presenting their work.

Bio Art Workshop: Halifax Yeast with Jennifer Willet

May 26, 2019 - Discovery Centre

Dr. Jennifer Willet is artist, curator, and leader in the field of Bio Art. She is a Canada Research Chair in Art, Science, and Ecology and a professor in Creative Arts at the University of Windsor. Dr. Willet is also the director of INCUBATOR Lab—a BSL2 Bio Art teaching and research facility in Windsor. Her work resides at the intersection of art and science and interspecies interrelations in the biotechnological field.

In this workshop, participants used an already prepared Petri dish and make a collage to tape to the back of the dish. Using the environment surrounding them, participants then swabbed a range of surfaces to see how art can be created using yeast.

All pieces created during this workshop were on display at the Anna Leonowens Gallery from May 27-June 1.

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Meet the Artist: Ruth Marsh

May 26, 2019 - Discovery Centre

Ruth is a Canadian multidisciplinary artist of settler ancestry based out of Kjipuktuk, (Halifax, NS, Canada).

Ruth approaches her practice from a perspective, which is part mad scientist and part devoted repair technician, and through processes, which are inherently labour intensive, repetitive, and painstaking. She is interested in playfully exploring the ways in which modalities of labour can translate into a study of both enacted care and hopeful mourning.

Ruth is the creator of CYBERHIVE, an immersive, cinematic production that uses stop-motion animation and dead bees. CYBERHIVE was featured at the Discovery Centre in the fully-immersive Dome Theatre.

Public Exhibit + Artist Talk: Nina Sellars and Jennifer Willet

May 27, 2019 - Anna Leonowens Gallery & Art Bar + Projects

Nina Sellars arts practice hybridizes the disciplines of art, science and humanities and focuses on the contemporary and historical influence of anatomy on our understanding of the body, identity and subjectivity.

Classically trained in drawing and photography, her artwork now extends into tissue engineering and light installations; as her interest in anatomy has taken her from working in art studios and anatomy and biology labs to working in physics labs and medical imaging facilities—here she critically engages with the cultural implications of anatomy.

Sentinels was featured at the Anna Leonowens Gallery. This Bio Art installation is designed to question the cultural and scientific implications of the relative absence of fat in the history of anatomy and the significance for contemporary debates about the human, the non-human, and the posthuman.

Sentinels by Nina Sellars

Sentinels by Nina Sellars

Jennifer Willet exhibited Untitled: Travelling Laboratory Coat, a custom garment that has literally and metaphorically accrued layers of meaning and microbes as it moves through representation, performance, space, and time. During this exhibit, pieces created during Halifax Yeast at the Discovery Centre by workshop participants were on display.

Members of the public learned and observed about the futility of attempting to control microscopic life forms as they travel through our bodies and environments.

Following the exhibit, Jennifer presented a talk about her past work, upcoming projects and INCUBATOR; a hybrid laboratory at the intersection of art, science and ecology.

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Artist Talk: Stelarc + Andrew Pelling

May 29, 2019 - Halifax Central Library

The public enjoyed an evening with Stelarc and Andrew Pelling in Paul O’Regan Hall at Halifax Central Library. Artists, Stelarc and Andrew Pelling, are two of the most prolific artists in the field of Bio Art, and both artists presented talks on some of their recent works.

Contestable Chimeras: Prosthetic, Fractal and Phantom Flesh with Stelarc

”The body is an unstable construct, increasingly oscillating between its physical and phantom forms. This quickening of oscillation generates a haptic thickening that collapses the distinction between the actual and the virtual. The physical fades and phantoms become phantom limbs.”

Building Augmented Living Systems from Trash, Spare Parts and Biology with Andrew Pelling

”The Pelling Lab at the University of Ottawa is a curiosity-driven research space that brings together Artists, Scientists, Social Scientists and Engineers. The lab uses low-cost materials and methods to explore speculative living technologies of the future.”

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Performance + Interactive Public Exhibition: StickMan by Stelarc

May 30, 2019 - Tell Tale Productions

StickMan/miniStickMan is a minimal but full-body exoskeleton that algorithmically actuates the artist with six degrees-of-freedom.

Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body. He has used medical instruments, prosthetics, robotics, Virtual Reality systems, the Internet and biotechnology to engineer intimate and involuntary interfaces with the body.

This performance and interactive public exhibition was held at Tell Tale Productions. The space is immersive and required all those who attended to be involved. Members of the public were greeted at the doorway with the generated sounds and pneumatic noise of Stelarc’s performance, igniting curiosity before the visual experience.

Get Curious About Bio Art

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IOTA is hosting a series of FREE public events and installations featuring Bio Art in Halifax, NS. Immerse your senses in this transcendent discipline through a series of free talks, workshops, and exhibitions designed to bring Bio Art into public and accessible forums.

Jennifer Willet will present a Bio Art Workshop on May 26 (photo: Jennifer Willet, Halifax Yeast, 2019)

Jennifer Willet will present a Bio Art Workshop on May 26
(photo: Jennifer Willet, Halifax Yeast, 2019)

This series will present the artistic and research practices of local, national, and international artists, while also creating a forum for discussion of interdisciplinary challenges surrounding artistic freedom, creation, ownership, and expression.

What is Bio Art?

Bio Art is a practice that transcends the fields of visual art, media art, and science –applied, social and political. This continuously evolving practice also tests (and sometimes breaks) the boundaries of these fields. Bio Art has emerged through sustained artistic practice, research, and dialogue and is a topic of critical relevance and controversy.

Bio Artist, Nina Sellars will showcase Sentinels at Anna Leonowens Gallery (photo: Nina Sellars & Ionat Zurr, 2019)

Bio Artist, Nina Sellars will showcase Sentinels at Anna Leonowens Gallery
(photo: Nina Sellars & Ionat Zurr, 2019)

From working with live tissue and bacteria, to exploring what it is to be human through the lens of biotechnology—Bio Art raises more questions than it answers. A process that stimulates curiosity, a sense of personal politics, and creation by design.

Upcoming Bio Art Events:

IOTA’s Bio Art Series events are all free and everyone is welcome. All venues are accessible, although Anna Leonowens Gallery and ArtBar, unfortunately, do not have accessible washrooms in their facility.

Stelarc’s StickMan will be exhibiting May 30-June 21 at TellTale Productions

Stelarc’s StickMan will be exhibiting May 30-June 21 at TellTale Productions

Immersive Film Screening: Cyberhive by Ruth Marsh
Opening May 15 | 5:30-8:00pm
Discovery Centre
Runs Wednesdays from May 15 – June 15, 2019 | 5:15pm


Bio Art Workshop: Halifax Yeast with Jennifer Willet
Sun, May 26 | 10:30am-2:00pm
Discovery Centre, Flight Deck
Free with admission to Discovery Centre


Meet the Artist: Ruth Marsh
Sunday, May 26 | 1:30-3:30pm
Discovery Centre, Program Room (behind Flight Deck)
CYBERHIVE will screen in the Dome Theatre at 12:30pm and 3:30pm


Public Art Exhibition: Nina Sellars & Jennifer Willet
Opening Monday, May 27 | 5:30-7:00pm
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Runs May 27 – June 1, 2019

Followed by a Performance and Artist Talk at the Art Bar by Jennifer Willet | 7:15pm


Artist Talk: Stelarc & Andrew Pelling
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:00-9:00pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Contestable Chimeras: Prosthetic, Fractal And Phantom Flesh by Stelarc
Building Augmented Living Systems from Trash, Spare Parts and Biology by Andrew Pelling


Bio Art Seminar: Andrew Pelling, Jennifer Willet, WhiteFeather Hunter, and Aaron Outhwaite
Thursday, May 30 | 10:00am-2:00pm
NSCAD Academy Building, Room A206
Email info@iotainstitute.com by May 27 to register | 20 spaces available


Performance & Interactive Public Exhibition: StickMan/miniStickMan by Stelarc
Opening Thursday, May 30 | 3:00-7:00 pm
Series Closing Reception | 7:00-8:00pm
Tell Tale Productions, 5562 Cornwallis Street
Runs May 30 – June 21, 2019

Thank you

IOTA acknowledges the support of:

Congratulations to new Cultural Tattoo practitioners!

To start the year IOTA partnered with Earthline Tattoo Collective to present this year's Earthline Tattoo School 2019 - K’jipuktuk. Congratulations to new Cultural Tattoo practitioners, Quill Christie-Peters, Stacey Fayant and Mila Waseskwan!

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IOTA gratefully Acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts support for this project. The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia for their special partnership hosting the Tattoo School and Night:Skindigenous.  A warm thank you to all those who followed along with the revival of this cultural practice right here in K’jipuktuk (Halifax) and attended the IOTA presented Earthline Tattoo Demonstration and Discussion.

This last month saw re-discovery, revival and the promising future of Indigenous Tattooing and IOTA was honored to share it with you all.

The Earthline Tattoo Collective

Introducing the cultural tattoo practitioners and visual artists that make up Earthline Tattoo Collective, Jordan Bennett, Amberley John, Dion Kaszas, Amy Malbeuf and the 2019 Programs Coordinator Audie Murray.

Jordan Bennett

Jordan Bennett

Jordan Bennett

Over the past 10 years, Jordan has participated in over 75 group and solo exhibitions nationally and internationally.

He has been the recipient of several awards and honours, a Hnatyshan Foundation REVEAL award, presented with the 2014 Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Councils Artist of the Year and named as one of the artists in the 2014 Blouin ARTINFO's Top 30 under 30 in Canada. Most notably, he has been long-listed for the 2015 and 2016 Sobey Art Award, and was short listed for the 2018 Awards.

Jordan is currently partnered with IOTA: STUDIOS, and working on several projects including various artistic collaborations, public commissions and exhibitions, including a newlyaunched public art commission for the Zatzman Sportsplex in Dartmouth, N.S. and a solo exhibition at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.

Find Jordan on Instagram.

Amberley John

Amberley John

Amberley John

Amberley John is Onyote’aka (bear clan) and the newest member of the Earthline Tattoo Collective. She trained in handpoke and skin stitch tattooing methods at the 2017 Earthline Tattoo Residency in unceded syilx territory (Kelowna, BC), where she is still currently a graduate student working to complete a Master’s in Fine Arts Interdisciplinary in Indigenous Studies, at the University of British Columbia. 

As an emerging artist and cultural tattoo practitioner Amberley is interested in exploring her responsibilities to multiple communities through her creative practice. It is generally understood that Bear clan members have a responsibility to learn about medicines and support healing. She focuses on Haudenosaunee designs and motifs, but also collaborates with individuals from different nations to find common or appropriate imagery. 

She feels that tattoos are marks of intergenerational healing. Earthline’s care for health and safety education with regards to preventing the spread of blood borne pathogens, taking care of people with various health concerns and cultural safety is critical, as our communities strengthen our traditional practices and renew old friendships between nations.  

Find Amberley on Instagram.

Dion Kaszas

Dion Kaszas

Dion Kaszas

Dion Kaszas is a tattoo artist, cultural tattoo practitioner, painter, teacher, and scholar of Hungarian, Métis, and Nlaka’pamux (Interior Salish) heritage.

He works in the artistic mediums of oil, watercolour, graphite, mixed media collage and video. Dion’s passion for tattooing extends beyond his artistic work into a Masters degree in Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia Okanagan in Kelowna, British Columbia. His area of research is Indigenous tattooing, focusing keenly on the revival of Indigenous peoples tattooing practices, using Indigenous and creative research methodologies.

Dion is one of the founding members of the Earthline Tattoo Collective which aims to enhance, expand and support the work of traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices across Canada.

Dion can be found on Instagram.

Amy Malbeuf

Amy Malbeuf

Amy Malbeuf

Amy Malbeuf is a Métis visual artist and cultural tattoo practitioner from Rich Lake, Alberta in Treaty Six territory.

She lives and works on unceded Mi’kmaq territory in Terence Bay, Nova Scotia with her partner in life and art Jordan Bennett. Malbeuf creates art works in mediums such as animal hair tufting and embroidery, beadwork, sculpture and installation. As a textiles based artist it was a natural transition for Amy to apply her hand-sewing skills to the skin-stitch tattoo method. Amy tattoos in both hand-poke and skin-stitch techniques, however she specializes in the skin-stitch method. Amy is focused on the revival of Indigenous women’s tattooing, particularly within Cree tattoo practices.

Amy holds a Native Cultural Arts Instructor Certificate from Portage College and an MFA degree in Visual Art from the University of British Columbia Okanagan. In 2015 she co -founded Earthline Tattoo Collective with Jordan Bennett and Dion Kaszas.

Amy can be found on Instagram.

Audie Murray

Audie Murray

Audie Murray

Audie Murray is a multi-disciplinary Michif artist from Saskatchewan currently learning and creating on the unceeded territories of the Coast Salish peoples.

She has completed a visual arts diploma at Camosun College in 2016 and a Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Regina in 2017. She has studied traditional tattoo practices with the Earth Line Tattoo Collective in the summer of 2017 and continues to work with hand poke and skin stitching methods. She will be working with the Earthline Tattoo Collective during the 2019 residency as the program coordinator. In 2018 she was the recipient of the William and Meredith Saunderson Prize through the Hnatyshyn foundation.

Audie has shown her works at various events and spaces in Canada including Open Space, Victoria(B.C.); the Mackenzie Art Gallery, Regina (SK); the Alberta Art Gallery, Edmonton; the Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo (Ont); Hamilton Artist Inc (Ont); and the Justina M. Barnicke Gallery, Toronto (Ont).

Audie Murray can be found on Instagram.

About Earthline:

Earthline Tattoo Collective is an Indigenous arts collective of a dedicated cultural tattoo practitioners and visual artists: Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq, NS), Amberley John [kʌniyewʌna (Bear Clan), ON], Dion Kaszas (Nlaka'pamux, BC), and Amy Malbeuf (Métis, NS) who travel through Canada to create a safe space to teach traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices. They host a tattoo school for Indigenous artists to (re)learn their craft.

Earthline Tattoo Collective aims to enhance, expand, and support the work of traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices across Canada. Earthline is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our communities through training and adhering to the highest standards. We are committed to ensuring the cultural safety of individuals and communities we work with through research, collaboration, design development, and creating awareness of the cultural Indigenous tattoo practices of Turtle Island.

The 2019 Earthline Tattoo School Guest Mentors!

To guide them on their journey in (re)learning the cultural practice of Indigenous tattooing the 2019 Earthline Tattoo School participants will be working with inspiring guest mentors, Jerry Evans, Julie Paama-Pengally, Nakkita Trimble and Nahaan.

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans

Jerry Evans is Mi’kmaq born in central Newfoundland. In 1986 he graduated from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Fine Art. He completed an Education Degree at Memorial University of Newfoundland and Labrador and has been a practicing Visual Artist for over thirty years.

Primarily a painter and printmaker, Jerry is also is a multi-media artist who has worked in film, has qualified and reclaimed traditional single poke tattoo as a means of expression and gift exchange, and has created regalia for his own pow wow dancing for more than a decade.

You can find Jerry and his work on Instagram.

Julie Paama-Pengally

Julie Paama-Pengally

Julie Paama-Pengally

Julie has been at the forefront of developments in Māori Arts since the mid 1980s and was fortunate to have been taught herself by strong visionary Māori artists and mentors.Julie focused her passion onMāoritattooing traditions post-1990,enlightened to the role that Tā moko could play in advancing the health and well-being of Māori.

Vocal in her conviction that within Māori pedagogy body marking serves as powerful communicator,Julie has equally advocated for the restoration of Māori women within itspractice. Active inTā moko during its fledgling revival, Julie pioneered the role of women as practitioner and the entitlement of women to wear particular types of moko.In 2004, Julie was commissioned -along with new Zealand’s foremost Tāmokoartists -to perform her practice publicly at Te Papa National Museum during which time she tattooed full pehaor puhoro (covering lower back, hips and thighs to knee)on two women.

While consistently challenged on the involvement of women in customary Māori art practices, Julie has responded by directing leadership in research and social commentary on Māori arts. In 2010, shepenned the award-winning book Māori Art & Design, the first comprehensive handbook on the subject. Julie holds Masters qualifications in Third World Development and Māori Visual Arts (honours) as well as Toi Iho certification –a unique registered Aotearoa New Zealand trademark of Māori quality and authenticity –for Tā moko, design and multimedia.While operating a successful studio in Mount Maunganui, Julie is particularly enthusiastic to make connections with other indigenous peoples reviving their tattoo practices.

You can learn more about Julie and her work on her website, or follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Nahaan

Nahaan

Nahaan

Nahaan’s matrilineal lineage is of the Tlingit, his grandfather is Iñupiaq, his biological father of the Paiute and his actual father is of the Kaigani Haida. He focuses exclusively on working within the spirit and design style of the Northwest Coast practices and customs of ceremonial tattooing, wood carving, copper and abalone jewelry, painting and custom designing of regalia and tattoos.

Nahaan emulates the strong visual and oral storytelling that has been handed down from generation to generation, it’s the foundation of his work, way of living and teaching of his cultural traditions. Within the realms of language arts and expression, Nahaan teaches the Tlingit language through traditional songs, dances and free Indigenous only community classes. He is the leader for Tlingit based inter-tribal group Náakw Dancers, a group he started in Seattle, Washington in 2014, in order to perpetuate the rich expressions of the Pacific Northwests Native population.

Nahaan is also a spoken word poet and co-founded “Woosh Kinaadeiyeí” poetry slam in Juneau, Alaska in 2010 which has since grown into a thriving and creative mainstay in the capitol city. He is also a vocalist for Khu.éex’ a Seattle based band that presents a contemporary interpretation of Tlingit culture. He focuses on the aspects of community empowerment and self mastery through the methods of dekkkolonization, Indigenization, education and activism. He offers workshop facilitation and keynotes for conferences and events near and far.

You can find Nahaan and his work on his website, or follow him on Instagram, Facebook, youtube and Soundcloud.

Nakkita Trimble

Nakkita Trimble

Nakkita Trimble

Nakkita Trimblehl waý, ii Algaxhl Gwilks-ḵ'alt'amtkwhl wam aluugigadiý.  Ksim Ganada ńiiý, ii Gingolx wil ẃitgwiý. Nisga’ahl nooý, ii Tlingithl nigwoodiý. Rose (Gurney)hl wahl agwii-nits’iits’iý, ii Christopher Trimblehl wahl agwii-niye’eý.My name is Nakkita Trimble.  

My Nisga’a name is Speaking Through Art. I am from Wilps Axdii Wil Luugooda, The House that is Never Empty. I am Frog clan and maternally from Gingolx, British Columbia. Maternally I am Nisga’a. My great grandparents names are Rose (Gurney) and Christopher Trimble. My great grandparents were one of two of the last arranged marriages from my village. I began tattooing in 2011. I began working on the Nisga'a Tattoo revival in 2013/2014 with the Council of Elders (CoE) comprised of some Chiefs and Matriarchs of the four main Nisga'a villages in the Nass Valley. With my Nation's support we laid the groundwork for the revival for our people.

You learn more about Nakkita and her work on her website, and follow her on Instagram.

IOTA presents Earthline Tattoo Demonstration and Discussion

IMAGE CREDIT: Jordan Bennett

IMAGE CREDIT: Jordan Bennett

The Earthline Tattoo Collective in partnership with IOTA Institute will be hosting a public tattoo demonstration Saturday, March 9th at the Natural History Museum. The event will start at 2pm with an introduction from Dion Kaszas and will feature a hand poked tattoo demonstration done by Jordan Bennett.

The demonstration will be followed by a conversation with the cultural tattoo practitioners of Earthline Tattoo Collective: Jordan Bennett, Amy Malbeuf, Dion Kaszas and Amberley John. This event takes place one month after the new Safe Body Art Act has come into action and will be followed by a conversation and question period on health and safety practices and the creation of safe spaces when teaching traditional Indigenous tattooing.

IOTA gratefully Acknowledges the Canada Council for the Arts support for this project.


Note on access: ASL interpretation will be made available on site. The Tattoo Demonstration is taking place on the bottom floor of the Museum and can be entered through the right side entrance next to the available parking lot.  

This event is FREE and open to the public, Register here.

For any updates about this event check out our Facebook event.


The 2019 Earthline Tattoo School Participants!

Over the last week IOTA has taken the time to highlight those participating in the 2019 Earthline Tattoo School, Quill Christie-Peters, Stacey Fayant and Mila Waseskwan.

Mila Waseskwan

Mila Waseskwan

Mila Waseskwan

The land is everything,for Mila. She is a nîhiyaw iskwîw(Cree Woman) born and raised in the sâkawnîhiyaw(Bush Cree) community ofkîto sâkahikan(Calling Lake, Alberta).

Here, learning nîhiyawculture and ways of knowing and fulfilling her responsibilities,she feels truly humbled. She practices traditional skills such as hide tanning, beadwork, quillwork, as well as contemporary art skills, and is also a jingle dress dancer.She is committed to live her life in the forest, to strengthen and live her relationship and love for our mother the earth. She believes that this is the place, which provides all things needed to physically and spiritually live.

Learning to live nîhiyaw isîhcikîwi(cultural ways connected to mother earth),Mila is helping restore the traditional oskâpîwis (helper) society within her community.Learning about and living more according to the lifeways of the ancestors, Mila’s life focuses on intergenerational resilience, healing and resurgence.

Quill Christie-Peters

Quill Christie-Peters

Quill Christie-Peters

Quill Christie-Peters is an Anishinaabe arts programmer and self-taught visual artist currently residing in Northwestern Ontario.

She currently works as the Director of Education and Training for the aboriginal curatorial collective where she is coordinating the Emerging Curatorial Training Program. She is the creator of the Indigenous Youth Residency Program, an artist residency for Indigenous youth that engages land-based creative practices through Anishinaabe artistic methodologies. She holds a Masters degree in Indigenous Governance on Anishinaabe art-making as a process of falling in love and sits on the board of directors for Native Women in the Arts.

Her written work can be found in GUTS Magazine and Tea N’ Bannock and her visual work can be found at @raunchykwe.

Stacey Fayant

Stacey Fayant

Stacey Fayant

Stacey Fayant works in various mediums including wool, fabric, beading and painting. She was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan and has Métis, Cree, Saulteaux and French roots

She received a Bachelor of Fine Art in Printmaking and Painting and a Bachelor of Art in Women's Studies from the University of Regina, in 2002 and 2004. Stacey currently serves as Chair of the Board for Sâkêwêwak Artist Collective. She is a self-taught milliner and creates other art pieces that are sold locally and internationally. She is currently working on a large scale project that explores identity, history keeping, and how those ideas can create or destroy comfort.

Having utilized body modification as self-therapy Stacey became interested in how personal aesthetics relate to identity and self-valuation. She then became aware of tattooing traditions practiced in North America and she felt a pull to learn more and become involved in helping reinvigorate Indigenous tattooing.

Stacey can be found @staceyfayant.

Earthline Tattoo is Looking for Volunteers

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Earthline Tattoo is looking for volunteers to be tattooed by this years Tattoo School participants: Quill Christie-Peters, Louis Esmé, Stacey Fayant and Mila Waseskwan!

The following dates are available: Feb 28th, March 3rd, 7th, 8th & 14th. The Tattoo School takes place in Kjipuktuk (Halifax).

Each artist is learning how to hand poke and skin stitch. Priority will be given to Indigenous peoples.

If you are interested please send an e-mail to tattooschool@earthlinetattoo.com with the subject line reading 'your name - tattoo interest'. We will follow up with a few questions so keep checking your inbox.

Deadline: February 18th, 2019.


IOTA and Earthline Tattoo Collective Present:

IOTA is excited to announce its partnership with the Earthline Tattoo Collective in presenting this year's Tattoo School, an opportunity for Indigenous artists to (re)learn their craft.

This important initiative will take place on Mi'kma'ki in Kjipuktuk (Halifax) between February 9th and March 16th, 2019. The Tattoo School is held at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, who will also host a public artist talk.

The Earthline Tattoo Collective in partnership with IOTA will host a tattoo demonstration open to the public and a youth workshop in early March. The public demonstration held at the Museum of Natural History March 9th, will be an opportunity for a broad audience to come together and discuss safe and healthy practices and spaces when teaching traditional Indigenous tattooing.

We would also like to congratulate the 2019 Earthline Tattoo School participants: Quill Christie-Peters, Stacey Fayant and Mila Waseskwan and the cultural tattoo practitioners and visual artists that make up Earthline Tattoo Collective, Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq, NS), Amberley John [kʌniyewʌna (Bear Clan), ON], Dion Kaszas (Nlaka'pamux, BC), and Amy Malbeuf (Métis, NS). The Tattoo School will also be welcoming tattoo practitioners of international caliber and expertise as guest mentors.

Information about  Earthline Tattoo Collective, their guests and what events are open for local participation will be made available in the coming weeks @IOTAintitute, including an inside look at the Tattoo School as strides are made in reviving an important cultural practice.

Female tattoo artists are Danika Nacaarella (forefront) and Maannii Oakes (background) .

Female tattoo artists are Danika Nacaarella (forefront) and Maannii Oakes (background) .

A Look Back at 2018

There is no doubt that 2018 was a year to remember for IOTA, the most active in its 4-year existence. Taking a look back we remember the experiences we shared with you all that made it amazing;

The final launch of our web art series by Canadian artists Jennifer Chan 'Important Men', Liz Solo 'The Wide Sky' and J.R. Carpenter 'This is a Picture of Wind'. A cinematic dome residency and the world premiere of her immersive experience 'Cyberhive' with Ruth Marsh. Three Jordan Bennett public art commissions, one of which will be presented to the public in 2019 at the Zatzman Sportsplex. A very first Bio Art residency by WhiteFeather Hunter in collaboration with SMU and the Milieux Institute that focused on the soil remediation project 'Prospective Futures:The Aurelia Project'. An artist talk with Earthline Tattoo Collective that discussed the revival of Indigenous tattooing traditions and how it can revive artists’ ancestral traditions. Closing out the year we even released two new e-publications that can be downloaded for free.

As we move forward into 2019, IOTA will bring you more from these returning artists with focused Bio Art events in the form of artist talks, gallery exhibitions, spectacular performances and new installations, including first-time visits by Stelarc, Nina Sellars, Andrew Pelling, and Jennifer Willet.

We are also pleased to greet 2019 with our brand new website which will be coming soon, furthermore, keep your eyes peeled on our social media for updates on the February launch of the Jordan Bennett Sportsplex public art piece and the start of the Earthline Tattoo School.

We look forward to evolving IOTA with you all in the coming year!

Bacterial BioPigments Master Class with WhiteFeather Hunter

A very rad Master Class with Bio Artist WhiteFeather Hunter is now live for registration on the NSCAD University website. IOTA, the School of Extended Studies and the Anna Leonowens, are co-hosting a Bacterial BioPigments Master Class which will include the coveted textile dyeing technique of shibori.

Only 12 spots available. Sign up for this pretty unique experience.

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Hunter will be in Halifax for six weeks starting October 1st, for a soil remediation project Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project a collaboration with IOTA, Saint Mary's University Halifax professor Dr. Linda Campbell and the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia.

This project is partly funded by STEMfest 2018, and CLARI Committee on Community Engaged Research (CASE).

Date: Wednesday October 24th and Friday October 26th, 2018

Times: 1pm – 4pm

Cost: $350

WhiteFeather Hunter is a multiple-award winner and grant recipient, holding an Master of Fine Arts in Fibres and Material Practices from Concordia University. She is Principal Investigator and Technician of the Speculative Life BioLab at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University and Artist-in-Residence at Sporobole centre en art actuel/ Université de Sherbrooke with collaborator, Dr. Denis Groleau, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microorganisms and Industrial Processes.

Earthline Tattoo Collective - Artist Talk - Nov. 6, 2018 @ 7pm

Earthline Tattoo Collective is invited by IOTA for an artist talk to discuss the revival of Indigenous tattooing traditions and how it can revive artists’ ancestral traditions through the stories of others who have been working at reviving their own tattooing traditions.

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Earthline Tattoo Collective Artist Talk -----> November 6th, 2018 @ 7pm

Earthline Tattoo Collective is an Indigenous arts collective of a dedicated cultural tattoo practitioners and visual artists: Jordan Bennett (Mi’kmaq, NS), Amberley John [kʌniyewʌna (Bear Clan), ON], Dion Kaszas (Nlaka'pamux, BC), and Amy Malbeuf (Métis, NS) who travel through Canada to create a safe space to teach traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices. They host a tattoo school for Indigenous artists to (re)learn their craft.

Earthline Tattoo Collective aims to enhance, expand, and support the work of traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices across Canada. Earthline is committed to ensuring the health and safety of our communities through training and adhering to the highest standards. We are committed to ensuring the cultural safety of individuals and communities we work with through research, collaboration, design development, and creating awareness of the cultural Indigenous tattoo practices of Turtle Island.

CYBERHIVE world premiere, Wednesday October 3rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm

Cyberhive

(May - October 2018)

IOTA: ARC presents the dome after dark for a 15-min stop-motion, sound and video piece which conjures a technologically altered, large-scale beehive.

This Immersive Experience is created by Ruth Marsh is a 360 degree video with original music and sound design by Jeremy Costello. The new work is presented by IOTA Institute and was supported via a 2-month artist residency in the Seadome.

A critical Essay about Ruth Marsh's residency and immersive artwork by writer, curator and artist Julia McMillan, will be published in an e-publication, released on the screening premiere

CYBERHIVE world premiere -----> October 3rd, 2018 @ 7:30pm

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IOTA: ARC Residency goes forward

With contributions to IOTA: ARC residency’s IndieGoGo campaign and with other private donations this Ruth Marsh #immersive #dome residency will be possible.

We’ll update you all as we go! Thank YOU for your support. #artistresidency #ruthmarsh #IOTAARC #bee #beehive

Bio Art at IOTA

Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project (May- December 2018)

 IOTA: BETA is launching a Bio Art project in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Working with 9 contemporary artists and three curators, who bridge the topic of life sciences through arts.

Look for updates on all platforms of social media @IOTAinstitute!

Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project is a collaboration between Saint Mary’s University Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Linda Campbell, and WhiteFeather Hunter, transdisclipinary artist and Principal Investigator/ Technician, Speculative Life BioLab at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal. 

Full IOTA Project Page HERE.

(Photo: WhiteFeather Hunter, video still "blóm + blóð"

(Photo: WhiteFeather Hunter, video still "blóm + blóð"

Ruth Marsh and IOTA in the CBC News!

"This summer, Marsh is teaming up with IOTA Institute, a Halifax-based arts organization, for what's called an immersive cinema artist residency. She plans to broadcast her animation inside a nine-metre 360-degree dome that's meant to mimic a living, breathing beehive."

See full CBC Nova Scotia article by journalist Emma Smith HERE.

Accompanying video piece HERE

ONLY 7 DAYS LEFT - every $10 helps us come closer to our goal! ------> IndieGoGo Ruth Marsh Residency

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(Photo: CBC Nova Scotia)

 

Jordan Bennett selected for Signature Piece

IOTA is proud to announce that Jordan Bennett has been selected for the creation of a new signature public artwork for the Dartmouth Sportsplex, and IOTA is SO incredibly pleased to be a project partner.

Follow us on all social media platforms @IOTAinstitute to see the art in progress! 

You can find out more about Jordan Bennett on his artist page: https://www.iotainstitute.com/artists-jordan-bennett

Press Links:

Dartmouth Sportsplex public art bid awarded to Jordan Bennett

Mi’kmaq artist Jordan Bennett awarded public art bid for Dartmouth Sportsplex - Global News

(Photo: Dahlia Katz)

(Photo: Dahlia Katz)

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IOTA on Indiegogo!

IOTA has launched a crowd funding campaign in Indiegogo!

Our new initiative, the IOTA: ARC pilot residency program takes place in a 30 ft geodesic dome with an  360° cinematic interior; an artist will learn the technology necessary to support the creation of a new immersive experience.

(Photo by Liz Lott)

(Photo by Liz Lott)

 

We've invited Halifax based artist Ruth Marsh to pilot the residency! The Immersive Experience is a 15-min stop-motion, sound and video piece. The film will feature several hundred cyborg bees for this immersive environment. The presentation will invite viewers to enter into a technologically altered, large-scale beehive.

Support our pilot immersive cinema artist residency!

---> https://igg.me/at/RuthMarshResidency

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Web-Art e-Publication

Isabelle Avers

Isabelle Avers

Couldn’t be more excited to announce that #IOTADATA is working on an e-pub in an e-pub, mid-2018, with web-art writers David Clark, Isabelle Avers, Johanna Drucker, and Adrienne Crossman. Available in April. #epub #webart 

IOTA has invited Isabelle Arvers, author, art curator and game artist to write about Liz Solo’s #thewidesky machinima #webart commission for #IOTADATA

Adrienne Crossman

Adrienne Crossman

Writer, artist, educator and curator Adrienne Crossman will write about Jennifer Chan’s #importantmen #webart commission for #IOTADATA

Johanna Drucker, known for her work in typography, experimental poetry, digital humanities, and as a book artist, was invited by #IOTADATA to write about J.R. Carpenter’s web commission #thisisapictureofwind for an #epub

Johanna Drucker

Johanna Drucker

David Clark

David Clark

 

 

David Clark, net artist, curator and writer works in material and intuitive or ephemeral media such as #AugmentedReality and will be offering a reflection on the net-scape of #webart in his forward for the #IOTADATA#epub


See all three IOTA web commissions here: www.iotainstitute.com/iota-data/