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: