Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project (May-December 2018)
IOTA: BETA is launching a Bio Art project in Halifax, Nova Scotia, working with 9 contemporary artists and three curators who bridge the topic of life sciences through arts.
Look on all platforms of social media @IOTAinstitute for updates and sneak peeks of the team working in the lab and in the field.
Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project is a collaboration between Saint Mary’s University Senior Research Fellow, Dr. Linda Campbell, and WhiteFeather Hunter, transdisclipinary artist and Principal Investigator/ Technician, Speculative Life BioLab at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University in Montreal.
Prospective Futures: The Aurelia Project centers around healing and recovery of highly contaminated legacy gold mine tailing sites across Nova Scotia and aims to use a native plant species and a naturally occurring bacterial species towards conducting bioremediation research and experimentation, to foster healing the land and resisting further industrial interference.
The project will be supported by Environmental Studies BSc Honours Thesis student, Brittany Hill, who will be co-developing and co-leading the goldenrod ecotoxicology and in-situ remediation, and will apprentice on dye preparation and the field of Bio Art with WhiteFeather Hunter as a part of her honours thesis project.
The project is supported by a travel grant to WhiteFeather Hunter from the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, as well as through funding support provided to the artist through IOTA Institute by STEMfest 2018/ Saint Mary’s University. Funding and facility support has also been provided by the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University.