IOTA Bio Art Series – 2019

IOTA is hosting a series of FREE public events and installations featuring Bio Art in Halifax, NS. Immerse your senses in this transcendent discipline through a series of free talks, workshops, and exhibitions designed to bring Bio Art into public and accessible forums.

This series will present the artistic and research practices of local, national, and international artists, while also creating a forum for discussion of interdisciplinary challenges surrounding artistic freedom, creation, ownership, and expression.

What is Bio Art?

Bio Art is a practice that transcends the fields of visual art, media art, and science –applied, social and political. This continuously evolving practice also tests (and sometimes breaks) the boundaries of these fields. Bio Art has emerged through sustained artistic practice, research, and dialogue and is a topic of critical relevance and controversy.

From working with live tissue and bacteria, to exploring what it is to be human through the lens of biotechnology—Bio Art raises more questions than it answers. A process that stimulates curiosity, a sense of personal politics, and creation by design.

Upcoming Bio Art Events:

IOTA’s Bio Art Series events are all free and everyone is welcome. All venues are accessible, although Anna Leonowens Gallery and ArtBar, unfortunately, do not have accessible washrooms in their facility.

Immersive Film Screening: Cyberhive by Ruth Marsh
Opening May 15 | 5:30-8:00pm
Discovery Centre
Runs Wednesdays from May 15 – June 15, 2019 | 5:15pm

Bio Art Workshop: Halifax Yeast with Jennifer Willet
Sun, May 26 | 10:30am-2:00pm
Discovery Centre, Flight Deck
Free with admission to Discovery Centre

Meet the Artist: Ruth Marsh
Sunday, May 26 | 1:30-3:30pm
Discovery Centre, Program Room (behind Flight Deck)
CYBERHIVE will screen in the Dome Theatre at 12:30pm and 3:30pm

Public Art Exhibition: Nina Sellars & Jennifer Willet
Opening Monday, May 27 | 5:30-7:00pm
Anna Leonowens Gallery
Runs May 27 – June 1, 2019

Followed by a Performance and Artist Talk at the Art Bar by Jennifer Willet | 7:15pm

Artist Talk: Stelarc & Andrew Pelling
Wednesday, May 29 | 7:00-9:00pm
Paul O’Regan Hall, Halifax Central Library

Contestable Chimeras: Prosthetic, Fractal And Phantom Flesh by Stelarc
Building Augmented Living Systems from Trash, Spare Parts and Biology by Andrew Pelling

Bio Art Seminar: Andrew Pelling, Jennifer Willet, WhiteFeather Hunter, and Aaron Outhwaite
Thursday, May 30 | 10:00am-2:00pm
NSCAD Academy Building, Room A206
Email by May 27 to register | 20 spaces available

Performance & Interactive Public Exhibition: StickMan/miniStickMan by Stelarc
Opening Thursday, May 30 | 3:00-7:00 pm
Series Closing Reception | 7:00-8:00pm
Tell Tale Productions, 5562 Cornwallis Street
Runs May 30 – June 21, 2019



Artist, Performer, Speaker

Stelarc is a performance artist who has visually probed and acoustically amplified his body.

Nina Sellars

Exhibiting Artist

Her arts practice hybridizes the disciplines of art, science and humanities and focuses on the contemporary and historical influence of anatomy on our understanding of the body, identity and subjectivity.

Ruth Marsh

Exhibiting Artist, Resident Artist

Ruth Marsh's practice employs an absurdist approach which seeks to queer the intersections between DIY culture and science fact/fiction/fabulation/feminism to address absence, memory and healing in bodies and environments.

WhiteFeather Hunter

Resident Artist, Seminar Leader, Speaker

WhiteFeather positions her biotechnological art practice within the context of craft and feminist witchcraft, via material and performative investigations of the aesthetic and technological potential of vital materials.

Aaron Outhwaite

Seminar Leader

Aaron Outhwaite is currently pursuing his PhD in the Department of Process Engineering and Applied Science (PEAS) at Dalhousie University in Halifax NS, Canada, where his research focus is Additive Manufacturing, Bioprocess Engineering, and Biopolymers. Specifically, Aaron is working on developing bacterial biopolymers for use in the fabrication of engineering living materials for large-scale... Read More

Andrew Pelling

Seminar Leader, Speaker

The highly experimental Pelling Lab was the first in the world to develop plant-derived cellulose biomaterials for regenerative medicine and has even grown skins of living cells on LEGOs – innovations with the potential to redefine the limits of biology.

Earthline Tattoo Collective

Tattoo School Leaders, Speakers

Earthline Tattoo Collective aims to enhance, expand, and support the work of traditional and cultural Indigenous tattoo practices across Canada.