Circulation: Extraction and (Earth) Return workshop with Martin Howse

circwkshopfff01310The Speculative Life Cluster at the Milieux Institute @ Concordia will be hosting a workshop with artist Martin Howse

WHEN: November 17  4-8PM
WHERE: Perte de Signal Gallery (5445 avenue De Gaspé, local #107)


Let the waters above the heavens fall, and the earth will yield its fruit.
Circulation explores the material bases of contemporary media, intervening within cycles of earth-extraction-earth-return in which the minerals which form the material basis of digital technology are pulled from the ground using large-scale industrial processes, eventually to be re-absorbed in the form of e-waste and pollution. The workshop will cross and leak across disciplines of computational culture, logic, geology, alchemy, chemistry and literature.

During the workshop we will discuss, research and conduct practical experiments focussing on material processes involved in extraction (of precious metals for technology) and the dissolution (of technology back into the earth). These experimental situations ask questions about the links between (the) earth and communications/computational technologies. Amongst other actions, participants will: refine silicon and other computational materials from sand obtained from mining sites, culture bacteria involved in processes of acid mine drainage and undertake simple analysis of such matters, undertake the speculative assembly of dissolution-inspired Turing Machines and fluid logic devices.

Circulation forms part of Dissolutions, an artistic research residency and exhibition project initiated by Berlin-based artist Martin Howse, curated by Peter Flemming in collaboration with OBORO and Perte de Signal, with support from the Goethe-Institut Montréal.

About Martin Howse:

The interdisciplinary work of Martin Howse is pre-occupied with a broad questioning of the exact location of execution and of code within the world (psychogeophysics). Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works and texts, Martin Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world. Since 1998, Martin Howse has published, workshopped, performed and exhibited worldwide.

This event should be of interest to a range of people interested in geology, media, computation, science, waste, and magic…

MilieuxMake workshop series presents Altering perceptions: Imaging microscopy



MilieuxMake Worsksop Series presents:
Altering perceptions: Imaging microscopy
Friday October 28th, 1-4pm
EV 10.835 (Speculative Life Lab)
Instructors: Marc Beaulieu and WhiteFeather Hunter

In this workshop, we will explore the use of a variety of microscopes that can be used for imaging tiny worlds: from DIY/hacked smartphone lenses to live feed video microscopes to a professional lab-grade compound microscope adapted for video and animation capabilities. After an introductory presentation, participants will begin with constructing take-away mobile microscopes (bring your smartphone). Glass microscopy plates containing various hand-dyed tissue specimens will be on hand, as well as several textile samples to examine fibre structures. Participants are invited to bring assorted materials for use with the various imaging technologies.

As the first in a series of MilieuxMake workshops, we will be looking as to how new perspectives on objects can inspire new strategies for creation and innovation, leading into the next workshop for adapting captured imagery to create 3D objects, both physical and virtual.

* This workshop has no training prerequisites. Presented in collaboration with the Speculative Live research cluster at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology, with the support of Hexagram.

DNA / The Future of Life Objects by Martin Racine



From: October 31 – December 9, 2016

Location: FOFA Gallery,
1515 St-Catherine st. West
Montréal, H3G 2W1

Vernissage: November 3, 2016, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Admission is free

Originating from a major 3 year Research-Creation team project funded by the FRQSC, this research project presents a reflection on the Future Life of Objects, based on the metaphor of a biological research lab focusing on the study of DNA.

What do a human, a flower, and a bacterium have in common? Each of these things —along with every other organism on Earth — contains the molecular instructions for life, called deoxyribonucleic acid or DNA. Encoded within this DNA are the directions for traits as diverse as the colour of a person’s eyes, the scent of a rose, and the way in which bacteria propagate to infect a lung cell.

Just as DNA is found in nearly every living cell, can we imagine a future where even artificial objects encrypt a genetic code ?

This research will be presented through an interactive exhibition at the FOFA Gallery in November 2016. The expo discloses a critical and somewhat subversive point of view on the world of objects, where the visitor is invited to manipulate distorted interactive objects, or play the role of a scientific investigator called on to discover the interior organs of an object, through hand held scanners and X-Rays.

More info at: DNA / The Future of Life Objects

Upcoming talk with Kathy High: Waste Matters – You Are My Future


Join us in room EV 11.705 (Milieux Resource Room) on Wednesday, November 2 at 5pm for Waste Matters – You Are My Future artist talk and reception with Kathy High.

KATHY HIGH (USA) is an interdisciplinary artist working in the areas of technology, science, speculative fiction and art. She produces videos and installations posing queer and feminist inquiries into areas of medicine/bio-science, and animal/interspecies collaborations. She hosts bio/ecology+art workshops and is creating an urban nature center in North Troy (NATURE Lab) with media organization The Sanctuary for Independent Media. High is Professor of Video and New Media in the Department of Arts, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY. She teaches documentary and experimental digital video production, history and theory, as well as biological arts.

For more information about Kathy High, visit her website, here.

All are welcome to attend.