FIELDS INSTITUTE FOR RESEARCH IN MATHEMATICAL SCIENCES
1, 2014-March 31, 2015
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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Stephen Morris: smorris<at>physics.utoronto.ca
Roberta Buiani: robb<at>yorku.ca
4:30 - 7:30 pm
Jan 22, 2015
Art/Sci Salon- iGEM collaborative event
BioHackathon: a collaboration between iGEM and ArtSci Salon. This is
a general brainstorming session to introduce grand open questions in
the field of synthetic biology to participants from all fields of study.
The scope is to find interesting problems that can form the basis of
potential 2015 iGem research projects.
for this event by completing this form .
Boris Steipe (Graduate Program in Genome Biology and Bioinformatics,
University of Toronto)
Michael Hoffman (Computational Genomics, University of Toronto)
Belinda Chang (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Department
of Cells and Systems Biology, University of Toronto)
Fiona Miller (Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation,
University of Toronto)
Stephen Davies (Institute for Biomaterials and Biomedical Engineering
and Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, University of
Fritz Roth (Donnelly Centre of Molecular Genetics and Computer Science,
University of Toronto)
Jan. 28, 2015
Art/Sci Salon- Assistive/Adaptive Technologies
Assistive Technology is a general term used to define a variety
of assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices (high tech, low tech
or DIY) designed to assist people with disabilities, elderly and injured
individuals. The term is often used indiscriminately. For instance,
it doesnt tell us anything about the scopes, the narratives and
the recipients of these technologies: are they designed to improve the
individuals abilities, thus making his or her body more efficient,
more functional, more able? Or to turn the body
into a beyond-human engine? Who gets to benefit from these
technologies? How can technological innovation and the human be integrated?
Are todays DIY technologies and high tech robotics complementary?
are they sustainable?
ArtSci Salon asked four guests to address these questions and share
their research on this intriguing and ethically charged topic.
Adriana Ieraci (DKMI University of Toronto)
Rosalie Wang (Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy,
University of Toronto)
Ginger Coons (Critical Making Lab & Semaphore Research Cluster,
Faculty of Information, University of Toronto)
Ann Heesters (Associate Director of Bioethics at Torontos UHN)
Adriana Ieraci is affiliated with the Faculty of Information
Science, University of Toronto. She is also Founder of Conveyor Built
conveyorbuilt.com and Co-Founder, of Get Your Bot On! Robotics Hackathon
Rosalie Wang is Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational
Science and Occupational Therapy, University of Toronto. Rosalie received
her BSc. (OT) from the University of British Columbia and worked as
an Occupational Therapist in Canada and England. She completed her
PhD in Rehabilitation Science in collaboration with Biomedical Engineering
at the University of Toronto. Rosalies research focuses on the
user-centred design and implementation of technologies to assist older
adults to carry out their valued daily activities. Her projects include
smart wheelchairs to help people with physical and cognitive limitations
to operate safely, robots for arm therapy after stroke, and robots
to help people with dementia to complete everyday activities.
Ginger Coons works at the Critical Making Lab & Semaphore
Research Cluster, Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Using
applied research to explore sociotechnical issues, the printAbility
project brings together medical practitioners, social science researchers,
engineers and software developers. In producing and implementing a
toolchain for building 3D-printed sockets for prosthetic legs, the
project raises questions about the use and implementation of new technologies
in medical and developing world contexts.
Ann Heesters is Associate Director of Bioethics at Torontos
University Health Network, Chair of the UHN Rehabilitation Science
and Medicine Research Ethics Board, and is a Bioethicist with the
University of Torontos Joint Centre for Bioethics. Ann has been
practicing in the field for approximately fifteen years was the Director
of Ethics at The Ottawa Hospital before coming to Toronto in 2009.
She has an abiding interest in the evolving standards of practice
for health care ethicists and, with her colleagues at the American
Society of Bioethics and Humanities, helped to author a code of ethics
for ethicists. She is also a founding member of PHEEP (Practicing
Healthcare Ethicists Exploring Professionalization) and a director
of the newly established non-profit Board called CAPHE (the Canadian
Association of Practicing Healthcare Ethicists). A former reservist
with the Canadian Infantry, Ann periodically reviews research proposals
(related to the rehabilitation of veterans and active duty service
members) for the United States Department of Defence.
|Feb. 26, 2015
Art/Sci Salon- Fibers
March 12, 2015
Art/Sci Salon- Beeing Biodiverse - The Art of Spying on Wild Bees
Laurence Packer (York University, Professor of Biology and Environmental
Sarah Peebles (composer, improviser and installation artist)
Laurence Packer: I am a melittologist. A melittologist is
someone whose main academic passion is the study of wild bees. This
means someone who studies bees other than the domesticated western
honey bee.It's not that I do not like Apis mellifera, it's just that
it is only one out of over 20,000 described bee species. Few people
pay attention to the ~20,061 (Discover Life, as of Aug 12, 2014) other
bee species, whereas there are whole societies dedicated to the study
and culturing of this one. When people find out that I study bees,
invariably the next thing they say concerns the honey bee. I will
then point out that asking me a question about Apis mellifera is like
asking an ornithologist a question about chickens. Audio Bee Booths
and Cabinets foster the art and science of observing native bees and
their role in pollination ecology. Aesthetically compelling, immersive
and informative, these outdoor works intersect habitat interpretation,
bio-art, sound installation and sculpture. They allow the public to
safely view and listen to solitary-dwelling, native bees and wasps
- pollinators which are quite different than European honey bees.
Sarah Peebles is a Toronto-based American composer, improviser
and installation artist. Since 2008 she has collaborated with artists,
technicians and bee biologists on a series of projects addressing
pollination ecology and biodiversity, entitled Resonating Bodies.
Much of her work explores digitally manipulated found sound, unconventional
methods of amplification, and distinct approaches to improvisation
on the shoh, the Japanese mouth-organ used in gagaku. Peebles' activities
over the past 3 decades have been wide-ranging, and include music
for dance, multi-channel sound, radio, video/film, performance art
and integrated media, sound installation and improvised performance.
Her music is published on Unsounds, Cycling '74, innova Recordings,
Spool, Post-Concrète, CBC Music,Sonus.ca and others. Details
and recordings are at sarahpeebles.net andresonatingbodies.wordpress.com.
||Thursday September 25, 2014
Plant.Grow. Harvest. Repeat
Artscisalon is pleased to invite you to the first LASER Toronto,
part of the Leonardo Art Science Evening Rendezvous series in
Introduction on behalf of Leonardo
by Nina Czegledy, Governing Board, Leonardo/ISAST.
Where does our food come from? what happens to food when
we consume it? how much of it is wasted, discharged or lost?
and are there innovative and creative alternatives to make
better, tastier, less wasteful use of food? Join us for
a discussion on the significance of food, its cycles and
its futures with guests Amanda White (interdisciplinary
artist), Michelle Coyne (food rescue expert), Amy Symington
(nutritionist) and Candace Rambert (culinary technician).
This event will launch the LASER Toronto series, a new international
partnership with Leonardo® /ISAST
Poster for this event is available here:
Streaming of this event will be available at
Amanda White is an interdisciplinary Toronto-based
artist and a PhD Candidate in Cultural Studies at Queen's
University. Her current practice-led research is a body
of work investigating the relationships between people and
plants. Recent projects include: the Neighborhood Spaces
residency program (Windsor), exhibitions at Plug-In ICA
(Winnipeg), the Ontario Science Centre, Forest City Gallery
(London) and Toronto's Scotiabank Nuit Blanche. This winter
she will be participating in the thematic residency; Food
Water, Life at the Banff Centre for the Arts. Amanda holds
an MFA from the University of Windsor and a BFA from OCAD.
Michelle Coyne earned her PhD from the Joint Programme
in Communication and Culture at York University and Ryerson
University. Dr. Coyne's research focuses on food waste in
Ontario and began with her doctoral research on dumpster
diving communities in Toronto through ethnographic research
of Toronto's Food Not Bombs. Dr. Coyne has taken this research
work and applied it to her current employment with Toronto's
Second Harvest, Canada's largest food rescue charity. Dr.
Coyne has published her work with academic and popular presses,
presented at national and international academic conferences,
and is committed to working to reduce food waste and ensure
everyone has enough to eat.
Candace Rambert is Culinary and Applied Research
Associate at the Food Innovation and Research Studio (FIRSt)
at George Brown College. She is an alumni of George Brown
College, graduating from the Culinary Management program
and the Culinary Arts Italian Postgraduate Program.
She is currently pursuing her Red Seal and the Food Science
Certificate at the University of Guelph.
Amy Symington is a Nutritionist and Culinary Professor
at the Centre for Hospitality and Culinary Arts, Liberal
Arts and Sciences, School of Nursing at George Brown College.
She is a vegetarian Chef and the Nutrition and Kitchen program
coordinator at Gildas club Greater Toronto.
This event is presented by ArtsciSalon and LASER Toronto.
it is supported by the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical
Sciences and Subtle technologies Festival.
LASER is a project of Leonardo® /ISAST http://www.leonardo.info/isast/laser.htm
Monday, July 21, 2014 at 6:00-8:00pm
Open Source Cancer: Hackers
and Biodigital Rituals of Sharing
in conversation with Eric Cazdyn, Irene Healey, Justin Pahara,
and Dolores Steinman
Moderated by Roberta Buiani
Presented by Letters & Handshakes and ArtSci Salon
Sponsored by the Dean of Arts Office, Faculty of Arts, Wilfrid
Laurier University and supported by the Fields Institute for
Research in Mathematical Sciences
The Fields Institute
University of Toronto
222 College St.
Free and open to the public
Please join us for a conversation exploring the politics of
cure at the intersection of open science, network culture,
clinical practice, and biocapitalism. A presentation by Alessandro
Delfanti on the concept of a biodigital ritual of sharing
will be followed by talks by theorist Eric Cazdyn and medical
artist Irene Healey, with responses from researcher Dolores
Steinman and biohacker Justin Pahara.
Alessandro Delfanti | Open Source Cancer: Hackers
and Biodigital Rituals of Sharing
Through the website La Cura (the cure), the Italian designer
and hacker Salvatore Iaconesi open sourced his cancer. He
shared medical data and information related to his brain
tumor and received hundreds of thousands of cures from patients,
physicians, activists, artists, designers, and other peers.
His condition was turned into a global performance of de-medicalization.
In order to do this, he had to hack his medical records
and convert them into open formats, to make data easily
readable and shareable, as well as to construct an inclusive
understanding of the word cure. Beginning from
the case of La Cura, in this presentation, Delfanti will
propose the concept of a biodigital ritual of sharing,
a protocol or script, dense with meaning, that is adapted
from hacker cultures public practices: hack into data
owned by institutions, share them in the open, and build
a community which can make unpredictable use of the data.
While in the context of medical institutions data represented
an objectification of the body, their reinscription through
the ritual helped constitute a body politic that could interpret
them as a symbol for a reconfiguration of the experience
of cancer. Against techno-determinist utopias of distributed
innovation, Delfanti analyzes the biopolitical side of open
source. Following feminist theory, he suggests that, when
facing illness and disability, digital cultures imagine
and perform technologies as social and relational rather
than bodily prosthesis.
Eric Cazdyn | Cure as Form
Irene Healey | (Re)membering: Observations on the
Desire for Restoration After an Altered Identity
Discussants | Justin Pahara and Dolores Steinman
Alessandro Delfanti is a postdoctoral fellow at the
research hub Media@McGill at McGill University, where he works
on the role of participatory media in biomedicine and teaches
a seminar on Online Cooperation. Before moving to Quebec he
obtained a PhD in Science and Society and then taught Sociology
of New Media at the University of Milan. In Fall 2014, he
will begin a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the University
of California, Davis, where he will work on the evolution
of scholarly communication. As a journalist he writes about
science politics and digital cultures for several Italian
newspapers and magazines. His first book is titled Biohackers:
The Politics of Open Science (Pluto Press 2013).
Eric Cazdyn is Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics
and Politics at the University of Toronto. He teaches courses
on critical and cultural theory, psychoanalysis, Marxism,
film and video, architecture, illness, literature, and Japan.
He has written the following books: The Already Dead, After
Globalization (with Imre Szeman), and The Flash of Capital;
and is editor of Trespasses and Disastrous Consequences. Cazdyns
newest book, Nothing (with Marcus Boon and Timothy Morton),
is an attempt to reclaim for our present moment three desires
that are regularly laughed out of polite conversation: Enlightenment,
Cure, and Revolution. Cazdyn is also
a filmmaker. His films have been screened and performed in
Japan, Canada, the US, Europe and, most recently, in the UK
as part of a two-week residency at The Cube Microcinema (Bristol)
with Eric Chenaux.
Irene Healey is a practising visual artist and a medical
artist who maintains an independent clinical practise seeing
individuals for custom made external body prostheses. She
combines her knowledge of art and science with medicine and
technology. She is a graduate of the Art as Applied to Medicine
program in the College of Medicine at the University of Toronto.
Justin Pahara is the cofounder of Synbiota Inc., a
leader in the emerging science 2.0 movement. He has more than
a decade of bioengineering experience as well as extensive
knowledge of synthetic biology tech, markets, and work-flows.
Justin learned stuff at the University of Cambridge (PhD,
MoTI in JBS), Singularity University (GSP-10, Google Fellow),
iGEM (2007, 2008), the University of Alberta (B.Sc., M.Sc.),
and of course, the Internet.
Dolores Steinman was trained as a Paediatrician and,
upon relocating to Canada, obtained her PhD in Cell Biology.
Currently she is a Research Associate in the Department of
Mechanical Engineering at the University of Toronto and a
volunteer Docent at the Art Gallery of Ontario. In her research
she observes the rapport and the connection between medical
imagery and its non-scientific counterparts. Her pursuit is
driven by her keen interest in placing increasingly technology-based
medical research in the larger context of the humanities.