As part of the Scotiabank Nuit Blanche:
The Ontario Science Centre’s !dea Gallery and the University of Windsor’s Incubator Lab invite you to join a parade of local nocturnal ecology in ceremonial procession of bioart projects departing from our home-base tent at 9 pm, 1 am, and 5 am. Costumed artists/performers, joined by musicians and the public, will illuminate and reveal a menagerie of living organisms. Costumes will glow in the dark!
A home-base tent for the parade will reside on the front lawn of Toronto’s CAMH on Queen Street and Workman Way where the public will be able to interact with some of the parade participants throughout the night, and see few of the portable exhibits up close. Members of the public will be welcome to join the parade, marching along a 45 min route through downtown Toronto. Musicians and the public will join approx. 30 artists and performers. Participants can pick up masks, streamers, take-home lab experiments and more. Join the parade!
What is “bioart”?
"Bioart is a form of contemporary art where the media of artistic production are biological in nature," explains BioART co-curator Jennifer Willet. Artists work with “art materials” like live tissues, bacteria and living organisms. Using scientific processes of biotechnology (sometimes including genetic engineering, tissue culture, and cloning) the artworks are produced in labs, galleries, or artists' studios. Bioart is a relatively new field; the term "Bioart" is thought to have been coined by Eduardo Kac in 1997 in relation to his artwork Time Capsule. There are a number of artists who contributed to the movement much earlier, however, like Joe Davis and artists at SymbioticA. In a sense, bioart has its roots in the distant past. Tens of thousands of years ago humans used natural stains and materials to paint on cave walls and sacred aboriginal rock art images hundreds of years old can be seen today throughout the Great Lakes area.
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