The holobiont art-science event

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 8:00 PM, followed by disussion and drinks, Maison Notman, 51 Sherbrooke Ouest Montréal, QC, H2X 1X2

Both art and science uses observation and experimentation, seeking to understand aspects of the complex world around us. Despite this common ground, the disciplines are too often separated by boundaries that are difficult to overcome. This artscience panel aims to discuss current synergistic creative research partnerships between artists and scientists stimulating innovation, knowledge production and critical engagement. With a focus on host-microbe interactions, the panelists will present examples of research shaped by the disciplines of art and science. Learn about projects that are created by scientists working with artists, by artists who work with scientists, and by a scientist who is also an artist. What happens when the two disciplines are merged? Who benefits from these collaborations? How can you start your own artscience project? Join the moderated discussion.




Günes-Hélène Isitan is a Canadian artist-researcher in biomedia arts. Her practice, at the intersection of art, biology and philosophy, explores the cultural barriers we build in the life continuum. Going beyond anthropocentrism, her visual pieces and living installations reveal the interdependency relations and co-becoming fates from which we and our world emerge, and crystallise those transient moments of human and non-human realities in co-becoming.


Annie Thibault lives and works in Gatineau, Qc., Canada. She has studied both science and art and completed a degree in Visual Art at Université du Québec en Outaouais and a MFA at University of Ottawa. Recipient of numerous grants, awards, and prizes, including Claudia De Hueck Fellowship in Art and Science, Thibault has completed several permanent public art commissions in addition to exhibitions and residencies in biological laboratories in Canada, Barcelona, Finland and UK. Her works are in the collection of numerous public and private collections including the permanent collection of the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.


Maya Hey works across disciplines as a researcher, foodmaker, and educator with backgrounds in the culinary arts, food science, and community building. As a Vanier Scholar (SSHRC), Maya is pursuing her doctorate in Communication Studies at Concordia. She studies fermentation and uses feminist theories to better understand discriminating tastes and practices. With more than 10 years of experience facilitating discussions around contemporary food issues, Maya has developed an array of collaborative projects with academic and lay audiences.


François-Joseph Lapointe is a scientist and bioartist. He obtained a PhD in biological sciences from Université de Montréal and PhD of art from Université du Québec à Montréal, for which he developed an algorithm that designs dance choreographies based on DNA sequences. Preferring the term paradisciplinarity to interdisciplinarity, François-Joseph has developed two careers in parallel. His bioartistic practices has kept him busy with subjects such as the question of self in the microbiome era, or how to use meta-omics tools to do arts.


Ruth Lydia Schmidt is a microbial ecologist, bioartist, and community organizer based in Montréal, Canada. She is as a postdoc at the Department of Microbial Ecology at the INRS - Institut Armand Frappier where she works on finding microbial solutions to combat climate change. Ruth is passionate about building a more inclusive and accessible scientific community, for which she works on the leadership team of the non-profit organization 500 Women Scientists, and as an instructor for the Montréal based DIY community lab bricobio.




Bettina Forget is a visual artist, gallery owner, art educator, and researcher living and working in Montreal, Canada. Bettina’s creative work a focuses on space sciences, inspired by her avid engagement with amateur astronomy. She has exhibited her artwork in the USA, Canada, Germany, Iceland, Singapore, and Nicaragua. Bettina owns and runs Visual Voice Gallery. Located in downtown Montreal, Visual Voice Gallery presents contemporary art exhibitions which create a dialogue between art and science.


Wednesday May 8, 2019. 8 pm – 12 pm


Presentations 8pm – 9pm

Moderated discussion 9pm – 10pm

Drinks at Café OSMO 10pm – 12pm


Dinner cocktail

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 6:00PM, New Residence Hall

Come and enjoy a variety of finger food while mingling with other participants.