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Residents examine moths in the field with entomological photographer Jim des Rivières

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Researchers at the Pelling lab show us new human ears growing on apple scaffolds

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Expedition leader Alyssa Ellis photographs finches at the national archives


Residents hike Gatineau Park

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Residents learn which wild plants are edible

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Artists working with the Innis Point Bird Banding Association

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

biophilia
Biology for Artists
Gatineau Hills, August, 2018
Deadline to apply: Feb 28, 2018

Biophilia is the urge to affiliate with other living forces. The term literally means the love of life or living systems. 

Biophilia is a residency for Canadian and international artists interested in ecology, nature and life sciences to interact with the living world. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2018. The residency will involve daily excursions into natural habitats for collection of materials and exploration of a wide range of Canadian wilderness. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts.

Ayatana residencies are designed to facilitate first hand experiences that will enrich visual and conceptual artists' practice within a group of like minded creative people. Artists, writers, musicians, film makers and dancers are invited to apply. The jury will select five or six international artists based on their portfolio rather than how they fit into any description of an artist.

At least half of Biophilia field trips will be spent outdoors.

Outline
All activities are subject to change depending on ecological conditions, expert availability and other uncontrollable variables. Outings will go ahead rain or shine.

Artist talk: We invite you to give a private artist talk to share your work with the group.

Biodiversity:
A guided hike through the Gatineau Forest with an expert on invasive species.

Backstage tour of the Museum of Nature art collection and natural history archives.

Field mycology:
Hike and forage with a mushroom expert in the Gatineau forest.

Sterile technique workshop: 
During a demonstration of sterile tek for DIY biology experiments, we will inoculate grain with bioluminescent fungus for residents to take home and grow on their own glow in the dark mushrooms. 

Botany:
A tour of the local wild flowers and herbs of The Wild Garden to learn about their healing properties and sustainability.

Venture into the forest with an arborist and learn about climbing trees.

Artists talk by Kirilian photographer Marie Jean Musiol.

Entomology:
We will set up a moth lure to observe the local moths with artist Jim des Rivieres who will give a workshop on high resolution scanning of insects.

Visit the Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes.

Visit a laboritory of bee physiology at Ottaw University.

Ornithology:

Call owls and listen to nocturnal birds on an owl prowl.

Bats:

Make an ultrasonic listening device to hear the chirps of bats.

hike at night with a bat expert to use our new devices. (possibility of seeing fire flies)

Synthetic Biology:
A guided visit to the Center for Nanophysics to learn about synthetic biology.

 

Location:
Residents will be picked up in Ottawa, Canada and driven to the Ayatana Residency House, near the small town of Chelsea, Quebec. This culturally vibrant town, surrounded by mountains and nestled between Gatineau National Park and the Gatineau River, is home to many scientists and artists.

 

Cost 
$1200 USD
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Official invites will be given to accepted applicants to help in the procuration of grants and funding.

 

What is included:
All activities.
Transportation to all activities.
Supplies, equipment and technical gear.
A comfortable bed in the Ayatana residency house.
Most meals will be provided, cooked by our resident chef. *Residents will be responsible for paying for their own meals from restaurants, which will happen 2 or 3 times during the week.

 

How to apply 
Send the following material to ArtLovesScience@gmail.com
1. Artist CV
2. Artist statement (about 200 words)
4. Portfolio 5 – 10 images

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.

 

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For more images of past Biophilia adventures see our face book albums

Aug 2017, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2016
, Chelsea, Quebec

Sept 2015, 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