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[re]capture: Bio-Materialization of Air Pollution

2023-03-24 @ 10:00 - 16:00

Members: Alice Jarry
Clusters: Milieux

A one-day workshop hosted by the City of Montreal, the Milieux Biolab, and the Concordia Research Chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality

In urban settings, the toxicity of the air, a milieu that is felt although invisible, is a growing issue. Particulate matter and gases generated by transport and construction activities have significant impacts, in particular on pulmonary and heart diseases, rising temperatures, plant photosynthesis, and vegetation growth. While air participates in global interchanges of oxygen and carbon dioxide at the planetary scale, more intimate metabolic processes such as breathing also underline the porous and precarious boundaries between the living and its surrounding milieu, raising social and political questions pertaining to the accessibility to a healthy environment.

While ‘to recapture’ means ‘’to reclaim’’ and ‘’to re-experience’’ something or a situation, what kind of artistic interventions can make us more attuned to the microscopic invisibility of atmospheric pollution and the macroscopic dimension of their socio-environmental issues? In this workshop, Ville de Montréal’s Service de l’environnement will introduce participants to issues of air pollution, its impacts on the urban environment, and how air is monitored and measured. Participants will then experiment with  bio technologies and bio-filtering materials for materializing air’s particulate matter, build a DIY monitoring kit, and visualize indoor and outdoor air pollution using techniques of microscopy.

When? Friday March 24th, 10 am – 4 pm

Where? Speculative Life Cluster, EV 10.625

*Free, no technical skills needed


If you have questions, please write to alice.jarry@concordia.ca

This workshop, hosted in Partnership with Ville de Montréal’s Service de l’environnement – Réseau de surveillance de la qualité de l’air, is part of the research project ‘Membranes souples dynamiques: la filtration de l’air comme processus d’échange matériel, interdisciplinaire et socio-environnemental agissant’ (FRQ-SC). The activity will be documented by video, audio, and photography for research and publication purposes. Upon registration, participants will be contacted to discuss documents and protocols pertaining to documentation procedures.


10:00 - 16:00
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Speculative Life Research Cluster