Artist Marie Jean works with an EEG hooked up to a plant
Plants and botany for Artists
Biophilia is a series of guided research residencies for artists interested in ecology, nature and life sciences to interact with the living world. Germinate is a weeklong program for artists to focus on the plant kingdom in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the spring of 2017. The residency will involve twice daily excursions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts. The program is designed to give insight into plant knowledge from a wide range of perspectives.
Ayatana residencies focus on experience and research by visual and conceptual artists. Writers, poets, musicians and dancers are also invited to apply. This residency will host five or six selected international artists. This immersive research residency leaves little time free for making art, so developing ideas out loud and collecting material is encouraged at all times.
At least half of Biophilia field trips are spent outdoors.
All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.
We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.
Guided tour of the Arboretum and experimental farm.
Meet with the Ottawa Society of Botanical Illustration.
Visit the National Herbarium archives.
Hike the woods with an expert on invasive species.
Visit the laboratory of an aborigionl ethnobotanist.
Meet a kirilian photographer for an artist talk and plant EEG demonstration.
Hike the Wild Garden to pick edible and medicinal plants.
Visit the research green houses at Carelton University.
Learn about trees and climbing them with an arborist.
Explore shore line plant life with a river keeper.
Visit the Ottawa Seed Library to learn about seed saving and sustainable food.
What is included:
How to apply
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
3. Ayatana form
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 examples of work
Only applications that follow these guidelines will be considered.
Disclaimer: Those who do not like the outdoors or to talk about art, need not apply.
For more images of past Biophilia adventures see our face book albums
Sept 2016, Chelsea, Quebec
July 2015, Wolfville, Nova Scotia
May 2015, Chelsea, Quebec
Sept 2014 Wakefield, Quebec
Aug 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia
July 2014 Wolfville, Nova Scotia