FEATURES – Convergence Exhibition 2019

Fostering interdisciplinary collaborations is a key part of growing SciArt culture. While there are organizations that support artist-scientist partnerships, they cannot do it alone. Building the infrastructure for cross-disciplinary synergy needs to also take place within our educational institutions. As you can imagine, this is no easy task. But, that’s not stopping the Montreal SciArt non-profit, Convergence – Perceptions of Neuroscience, from taking on the challenge. In an effort to promote a bi-directional channel for…

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BITS – Project Instant V6.0

“In an instant: a moment of time defined as infinitesimal,” reads a plaque by a wide wall of Polaroid photographs, “So short that it becomes difficult to measure, and more difficult to experience.” I’m at Science World—an interactive science centre in Vancouver, BC—for the first time in years. It feels strange (and a little thrilling) to visit the centre as an adult. But although I can feel my inner 6 year old itching to explore…

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CREATORS – ANGELA MCQUILLAN

Angela McQuillan‘s career has taken her to some interesting places. She’s worked in a cancer research lab, attended art school, displayed her work in an international airport, and gone fishing for pond scum in neighbourhoods across Philadelphia. But no matter where her creative practice takes her, the sciartist and curator is clear on one thing: science and art belong together. “Artists can explore and contextualize the boundaries being pushed in science,” she explains, “and better…

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Creators – Ele Willoughby

Marine geophysics buff, printmaker, science communicator—Ele Willoughby is all of these things and more. Using a mix of techniques, the sciartist showcases endangered species, microbes, historical figures from science, and more. She brings them to life in her colourful images and prints, offering a new look at Schroedinger’s Cat, Louis Pasteur’s bacteria, and everything in between. Here, Willoughby shares thoughts on her creative process, her winding career path, and the notorious divide between art and…

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FEATURE – LABSCAPES

LABSCAPES: Views through the Microscope offers a chance to get up close and personal with some of the tiniest wonders on earth—viewed through the eyes of renowned researchers at Israel’s leading institute of science and technology, the Technion. From March 24 to 26, 2019, the exhibit will be on view at a large conference in Washington, D.C. Fossils: Electromagnetic collapse of metallic cylinders – from Labscapes Using the world’s most advanced microscopic imaging systems, the…

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CREATORS – Joseph Carr

Filmmaker, multimedia designer, creative coder, teacher—Joseph Carr is all of these things and more. Employing a unique mix of digital techniques, the Baltimore-based sciartist creates complex two- and three-dimensional forms that bring together the worlds of mathematics and biology. His detailed, geometric works are spectral and other-worldly—somehow both futuristic and familiar. Here, Carr tells us about his creative process, artistic inspirations, fascination with Turing patterns, and more. Ascorbic Acid by Joseph Carr, polarized light micrograph,…

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FEATURES – Skin & Bones

A long dark hallway stretches before me. To my right are more hallways, each lined with tall black cabinets containing taxidermied birds of all shapes and sizes. To my left, a concrete wall peppered with photographic film transparencies. Each is backlit with a bright LED—the main source of light in this strange underground space. The overall effect is unnerving and, surprisingly, compelling. Before I can think twice, I find myself walking forward into the dim.…

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CREATORS – Vanessa Barragão

Recycled yarn gains a new life in Vanessa Barragão‘s colourful creations. The Portuguese sciartist has built her entire career from the scraps cast aside by the mass textile industry. Using a crochet hook and materials she finds on the factory floor, she creates vibrant coral seascapes, each an intricate rendering of one of earth’s most vulnerable ecosystems. In doing so, she hopes to raise awareness about the problematic nature of the textile industry and its…

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BITS – Living Canvas at STATE Studio

Fara Peluso literally makes canvas come to life. For the past few months, the Berlin-based artist and designer has been collaborating with Solaga—a startup specializing in the use of algae for clean air, energy, and a range of sustainable systems—to create a living, breathing wall installation out of algae biofilm. Mounted within a quadratic glass frame, this stunning experimental work grows and breathes in real time. By cultivating an energy generating algae biofilms before viewers’…

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