FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
1, 2013-March 31, 2014
ArtSci Salon consists
of a series of semi-informal gatherings facilitating discussion and
cross-pollination between science, technology and the arts. ArtSci
Salon started in 2010 as a spin-off of Subtle Technologies Festival
to satisfy increasing demands by the audience attending the Festival
to have a more frequent (monthly or bi-monthly) outlet for debate
and information sharing across disciplines. In addition, it responds
to the recent expansion in the GTA area of a community of scientists
and artists increasingly seeking collaborations across disciplines
to successfully accomplish their research projects and inquiries.
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iRon Artist + iJoe Scientist = OncoMap
A Real Art / Science Collaboration - mathematics - statistics
Ron Wild, Digital Art / Science Collaborator, smART
Ron Wild creates intense, multi-dimensional "smART
Map" collages. He is an emerging explorer at the art
and science frontier, who bridges the divide between the
two. With a foot firmly planted in each camp, Ron Wild is
a western-Canadian Digital Art / Science Collaborator, currently
working in downtown Toronto.
Joseph Geraci, Toronto General Hospital @ Psychiatry
Dr. Joseph Geraci is a mathematical physicist working in
medicine and drug discovery. He uses mathematical structures
to strip away the cacophony of noise that is inherent in
medical data sets where the goal is the ability to predict
the most effective treatment for individual patients. He
utilizes graph theory, topology, geometry, statistics, dynamical
systems theory and beyond.
Tagny Duff, Fluxmedia, Department of Communication Studies,
This talk will focus on the term "bioremediation"
as it applies to the research-creation project Viral BioreMEDIAtion
(Funded by the FRQSC). Expanding from media theorists
Jay Bolter and Richards Grusin's notion of remediation,
I will situate current media art, biological art and scientific
methods and practices used in the laboratory environment
with issues of ecology presented via the scientific term
and practice of bioremediation. How might the materiality
of processes and materials used in research laboratories
be reconfigured and reimagined via the notion of bioreMEDIAtion?
Tagny Duff is an interdisciplinary artist working across
bioart, video, performance, net art and installation works.
Duff currently directs Fluxmedia Research-Creation Network,
a laboratory exploring the cross over between art and life
sciences. She is Assistant Professor in the Department of
Communication Studies at Concordia University. Works includes
Wetnet (2012) developed at Ectopia in collaboration with
Cultivamos Cultura and the URIA-Centro Patogenese Molecular,
Faculdade Farmacia at the University of Lisbon. This was
exhibited in Emergencies2012, Portugal. The Cryobook Archives
(2010) and the Living Viral Tattoos (2008) exhibited in
Montreal (2011), Dublin (2011), Moscow (2009) and Keliningrad
Elizabeth Edwards, Biozone, Department of Chemical
Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
New Frontiers in Bioremediation
Groundwater contamination is a serious threat to global
health and prosperity. Chemicals that are widely used
in industry or dry-cleaning are common groundwater contaminants.
Because they are very toxic, even small spills render
groundwater unsuitable for use. Cleanup is typically a
costly and very slow undertaking.
Recently, a fascinating group of soil microorganisms has
been discovered that can naturally degrade some of these
chemicals to a benign product. Dr. Edwards has harnessed
this innate ability to create a remediation technology
using microorganisms that is now in use at several hundred
contaminated sites around the world. The hunt is on to
further explore natures diversity to discover other
unusual bugs capable of detoxifying a broader range of
contaminants. New molecular biology and metagenomic tools
are helping us understand how these microorganisms make
a living, and how we can take advantage of their abilities
to clean up the environment.
Elizabeth Edwards is affiliated with the Department of Chemical
Engineering and Applied Chemistry, University of Toronto
and is the director of the Biozone. Dr. Elizabeth Edwards
holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Chemical
Engineering from McGill University, Montreal, and a PhD
degree (1993) in Civil and Environmental Engineering from
Stanford University. She is internationally known for her
work on anaerobic bioremediation, the application of molecular
biology and metagenomics to uncover novel microbial processes,
and the transition of laboratory research into commercial
practice to develop bioremediation and bioaugmentation strategies
for groundwater pollutants.
Guests: Jennifer Willet - U of Windsor
Ana Klasnja, Ontario Science Centre
INCUBATOR Lab at the Ontario Science Centre: 4 years of student
projects on display.
A presentation by Dr. Jennifer Willet and guests
INCUBATOR Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art,
Science and Ecology is an art/science laboratory in the
School for Arts and Creative Innovation at the University
of Windsor. The INCUBATOR Lab functions as both a studio
and a laboratory intended to support the proliferation of
life and new ideas towards the production of bioart projects.
The INCUBATOR Lab is facilitates ongoing faculty and graduate
level research and hosts the interdisciplinary undergraduate
class BioART: Contemporary Art and the Life Sciences.
On October 05, 2013 an exhibition of 13 student bioart
projects from the INCUBATOR Lab will go on exhibition at
the !dea Gallery at the Ontario Science Centre. BioART:
Contemporary Art and the life Sciences is co-curated
by Jennifer Willet and Ana Klasnja. Additionally, INCUBATOR
and the Ontario Science Centre are teaming up to co-produce
an art/science performance event called the ECO NUIT PARADE
as part of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche the night of October
05 on Queen street West, Toronto.
With this talk, Willet (and participating students) will
speak about INCUBATOR activities since 2009, and present
some of the artworks included in the Ontario Science Centre
exhibition and the ECO NUIT PARADE.
April 25, 2013
New Approaches to Science Visualization
Bonnie J. Scott
Bridging entertainment and education: The art of designing
video games to teach science
Bonnie will be discussing how she became a biomedical communicator
and her work in the exciting new area of educational science
video games. She is passionate about designing meaningful
user experiences that educate people about healthcare and
scientific issues while leveraging interactive and multimedia
technologies. Her area of specialization is in molecular
visualization and exploring how games can be used to teach
science in schools, public spaces, and corporate environments.
BIO: Bonnie Scott is currently an Associate of Biomedical
Communication at Bridgeable (www.bridgeable.com), a boutique
research and design firm in Toronto. She is a recent graduate
of the Master of Science in Biomedical Communications from
the University of Toronto and has a PhD in Cell and Molecular
Biology from The University of Chicago. Some of her work
can be seen at www.snaremedia.ca.
Immersive 3D Molecular Worlds
We will explore the atomic and molecular worlds of biology
and solid-state electronics in 3-dimensions! So come and
immerse yourself in the world of the small.
BIO: Justin Pahara is a recent PhD graduate of the University
of Cambridge and co-founder of Synbiota, an IT/Biotech startup
focusing on making bioengineering more accessible through
collaboration, education and the internet.