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Bacterial Portraiture Workshop

2020-01-27 @ 13:00 - 2020-01-29 @ 13:00

Members: Alexandra Bachmayer
Clusters: Milieux

with Alexandra Bachmayer & Marc Beaulieu

DAY 1 – Monday, January 27th, 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Introduction to bacterial culture activities & stencil creation from portraits:
Pre-prepared liquid bacterial cultures will be used to streak petri-dish plates that have stencils applied to them, and to create petri dish shibori samples on fabric.

DAY 2 – Wednesday, January 29th, 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Analyzing results, printing activities will include examining both the shibori sample results and the growth on the streaked (stencil) plates.
Participants will learn how to print on fabric with the bacteria that has grown on the stencil plates, and to prepare their samples for steam sterilization.


This workshop relates to ideas of labour, particularly invisible labour, quite literally, as microorganisms perform processes invisible to the naked eye. This is a relevant topic for investigation as it relates to bioart practice, within the context of nonhuman agency and its implications in how we think about, credit & complete works of art.

* This workshop is open to members of all Milieux Research Clusters.

** Limited spaces. Please email marc.beaulieu@concordia.ca and include ‘Bacterial Portraiture’ in the subject line for RSVP.

*** Due to bio-permit restrictions, we are unable to open this workshop to non-Concordians.


2020-01-27 @ 13:00
2020-01-29 @ 13:00
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