IOTA: BETA focuses on producing and publishing critical, experimental, or academic writing, either in print or in e-formats on topics related to its mission. Here, Beta means to test an idea or a process: to be experimental in practice or in thought. IOTA: BETA is a place for independent research by writers, artists and curators through offering residencies, writing commissions in the cross-disciplinary fields of art\technology, art\science, and art\performance.

Click below for project pages.


'In the Thread' - (upcoming - 2018)

New web commissions by J.R. Carpenter, Jennifer Chan, and Liz Solo

Writers: David Clark (forward), Isabelle Avers, Adrienne Crossman, and Johanna Drucker




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 on all platforms of social media @IOTAinstitute and on this IOTA project page for updates and sneak peaks of the team working in the lab and in the field.

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. 


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

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

Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project (co-curated by ethnology curator Roger Lewis) centers around healing and recovery of highly contaminated legacy gold mine tailing sites across Nova Scotia and aims to use a native plant species and a naturally-occuring bacterial species towards conducting bioremediation research and experimentation, to foster healing the land and resisting further industrial interference. 

The project will be supported by Environmental Studies BSc Honours Thesis student Brittany Hill, who will be co-developing and co-leading the goldenrod ecotoxicology and in-situ remediation, apprentice on dye preparation and the field of Bio Art as a part of her honours thesis project.