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Artist Christina La Sala looking through a compound microscope

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Ayatana resident drawing with a camera Lucida microscope attachment

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Artist Micky Dickson magnifies bacteia with a colony counter

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Soldier fly through Scanning Electron Microscope

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Microbial evolution at the Krassen lab, Ottawa U

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Basalt through a petrographic microscope

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Squid eggs through a dissecting scope


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Infinitesimal
Microscopy for artists
September 2018
Deadline to apply: March 1, 2018
Macro, micro, nano, quantum.

Infinitesimal is a research residency that aims to expand our scope of vision by helping artists explore biology and geology under the microscope. It will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the fall of 2018. The residency will involve daily excursions into natural habitats for collection of materials and into laboratories to get first hand experience with a wide range of microscopes and microscopy techniques. Expeditions into research labs will be enriched by many scientists.

Ayatana residencies are designed to enrich the practice of visual and conceptual artists. Writers, poets, musicians and dancers could also benefit from the Infinitesimal program. This residency will host only five or six selected international artists. This action packed research residency leaves little time free for making art, so Ayatana residents are not expected to produce work during the program. We are looking for adventurous artists interested in learning who have a willingness to participate in spontaneous development of early stage ideas with a small group.

At least half of all Ayatana field trips are spent outdoors and some involve gentle hiking.

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.

Hike and forage with a mushroom expert in the Gatineau forest with a pocket microscope and macro lens.

DIY sterily tech workshop to talk about microbes and grow glow in the dark musrhooms.

Photograph samples through dissecting microscopes at Carelton University.

Demonstration on molecular physics at Ottawa University.

Workshop on microscope hacks and petrographic microscopes.

Look closely with a Scanning Electron Microscope.

Learn about DNA and basic genetics.

Work with a camera lucida microscope attachment at the Museum of Nature Archives Herbarium.

Lure moths to observe with local artist Jim des Rivieres who will give a workshop on high resolution scanning and large format printing of insects.

Gold plating for insect microscopy workshop.

Visit the Canadian National Collection of Insects and look through their microscopes.

Visit biomolecular imaging labs at the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanophysics.

Visit a live cell microscopy lab.

Talk about quantum physics with astrophysisists from the Royal Astronomical Society at a private star party.

 

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.

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

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Look at images of previous Infinitesimal residencies:

Infinitesimal 2017