WhiteFeather Hunter is a multiple award-winning Canadian artist and scholar, as well as an educator, arts administrator, curator and writer. She is currently a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Doctoral Fellow, Australian Government International RTP Scholar and University of Western Australia Postgraduate Scholar.
WhiteFeather’s biotechnological art practice intersects postcolonial ecofemism, witchcraft, microbiology and cellular biology with performance, new media and craft. She presents her work internationally at festivals, conferences and screenings, and in artist-run centres, public galleries and institutions of higher learning. WhiteFeather’s most recent presentations include at Ars Electronica (AT), transmediale (DE), KIKK Festival (BE), New Zealand Centre for Human-Animal Studies (NZ), University of the Arts Helsinki (FI), Iceland Academy of the Arts (IS), and in numerous North American cities (CA/US).
WhiteFeather has conducted multiple collaborative research projects with scientists, designers and artists. Most recently, her collaborative work with fellow artist, Tagny Duff (Wastelands by Tagny Duff) was nominated for the 2019 Ars Electronica STARTS prize. In 2018, she conducted a 10-month Art-Science Interface residency in collaboration with Dr Denis Groleau, Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Microorganisms and Industrial Processes at the University of Sherbrooke in Quebec, Canada, resulting in a solo exhibition at Sporobole centre en art actuel. Other international research-creation projects have been conducted independently through residencies such as Ars Bioarctica at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Research Station of the University of Helsinki in Northern Finland; at the Klondike Institute for Art and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon; and, at the Icelandic Textile Centre in Bluondós, Iceland.
As artist-researcher, WhiteFeather was named a “Quebeçoise extraordinaire 2018” in the Science category by URBANIA magazine (Montreal) and received a Star Student Research Prize and trophy from the Chief Scientist of Quebec on behalf of the Quebec Research Fund – Society and Culture, for her masters thesis research in 2016. WhiteFeather has appeared on radio and television series, including a segment of TVNZ’s DNA Detectives with New Zealand Prime Minister, Right Hon. Jacinda Ardern in 2017. As an administrator, WhiteFeather served as Principal Investigator of the Speculative Life BioLab at the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia University from 2017-2019, and previously as Executive Director of a large community arts organization in New Brunswick, Canada.
Some of WhiteFeather’s recent publications include: “Slimedia: Physarum as medium and cultural mediator” co-authored with Sarah Choukah and Tristan Matheson in Slime Mould in Arts and Architecture (Andrew Adamatzky, ed.), DK/NL: River Publishers, 2019; “Coastal Media” (Alix Johnson, ed.) in Becoming Environmental: Media, Logistics, and Ecological Change, Issue 8.1 of Synoptique: An Online Journal of Film and Moving Image Studies, 2019; and forthcoming publication in the winter issue of Journal International de Bioéthique, FR, 2019.
WhiteFeather received a Diploma in Fine Craft (Textiles) from the New Brunswick College of Craft and Design (2001); a Bachelor of Applied Arts (BAA) (2006) and a certificate in Adult Education (2008) from the University of New Brunswick, an MFA in Studio Arts (Fibre and Material Studies) from Concordia University, Montreal (2016), and is currently a PhD candidate in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia, cross-enrolled between the UWA School of Design and the School of Human Sciences.
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