Join us for a Round Table Discussion inspired by SPLICE

Dorothy Foster Chubb, Head (Detail), carbon dust, 1942-1945

Join us on Friday October 26, 2012, Bissel Building, room 538  (University of Toronto) from 5 to 7 pm  for a round table discussion  moderated by curator Nina Czegledy,  with Allison Crawford,  Assistant Professor  Psychiatry UofT, Prof David A Steinman, Biomedical Simulation UofT and exhibiting artists Jack Butler and Danielle Drew Belsky. In collaboration with Subtle Technologies, ArtSci Salon and KMDI, University of Toronto.

The round table entitled “The Mediated Body” is inspired by SPLICE : At the Intersection of Arts and Medicine. This show presents a scientific gaze at the human body by showcasing traditional anatomical art, complemented and challenged by contemporary artworks.   Over recent decades the human body has become a key site of scientific, social political and cultural interpretations. The paradigm shifts revealed important questions about alienation, the potential loss of agency and context while at the same time allowing us new opportunities for expressions of identity on a borderless scale. The increased uses of technologies have changed how we see ourselves and the world around us. The panel discussion is intended to investigate and comment on these issues.  The exhibition SPLICE : At the Intersection of Arts and Medicine is curated by Nina Czegledy and is co-presented by Blackwood Gallery and the University of Toronto Art Centre. For more information on the show and other accompying events please visit the Blackwood Gallery  website.

Join us Thursday Night for an Opening Reception with Elaine Whittaker’s Cc:me

We are looking forward to our kickoff event Thursday evening from 7:30 to 10 pm at the Red Head Gallery.

Elaine Whittaker is a Toronto based  bioartist. Elaine has been busy this week installing her show Cc:me.  Elaine’s transdisciplinary work perfectly mirrors Subtle Technologies mandate of bringing together art and science. When you see her work you will agree that she combines art and science in elegant ways.

For this show she combines live halobacteria  with archival fax material collected over a ten year period.

The opening reception will include ambient sound works by Tom Auger and poetry readings by Jim Johnstone, Julie Roorda, Ruth Roach Pierson, and Larry Sulky. For more information on the show and reception please check out this page on our site. See you at the Red Head Gallery!

A Dancing Physicist

We are excited that Krister Shalm will be joining us at our symposium Friday . That day we will look at a number of ideas across the spectrum of art and science, from quantum physics to an artist’s interpretation of motion patterns in bird flight. Krister joined us a number of years ago to speak on some other research he was doing at the time. He was entertaining then and I’m looking forward to his presentation again this year. Not only is he an award winning physicist, Krister is an amazing dancer

Krister Heel Click 606x403 Krister Shalm

His passion for communicating science has led him to team up with a magician, musicians and other dancers.  Krister’s Project Q brought together almost 500 Lindy Hop dancers to demonstrate the power of quantum computing. Hopefully Krister will have a chance to tell and show us more about that project on Friday but he will also speak about some interesting work he recently did with University of Toronto physicist Aephraim Steinberg . Their research was recently awarded Top Physics Beakthrough of the Year by Physics World. This research involved using “weak measurements” to trace the average trajectories of single photons in the classical double slit experiment.

I’m looking forward to hearing more about this work from Krister since I have always been led to believe this was an impossible measurement to make.  This will be a very inspiring presentation not to be missed!

Subtle Technologies Festival Coming Soon!!

It’s that time of year when we look forward to international artists and scientists coming together at our festival to share their work with each other and our audience. Keep your eye on our blog as we present the latest news and tell you more about upcoming events and festival participants.

We have had a great year of doing workshops in science labs throughout the year. At our festival we will be hosting a workshop on (get ready for it) SLIME MOULD. This unique organism has found it’s way into many areas of research including city planning, adaptation and robotics. The workshop is being hosted by visual artist, researcher and educator,  Heather Barnett from the University of Westminster in the UK.

Photo by Heather Barnett

Heather has been conducting a number of experiments with slime mold as part of her art practice. She started an amazing blog entitled The Slime Mould Collective, which invites scientists artists and others who are investigating the properties of slime mold to post their images and comments. The images on the site are visually stunning. Check out the blog and  I think you’ll agree.

Here is an interesting article about Japanese scientist Toshiyuki Nakagaki who is attempting to understand slime molds ability to solve mazes.

There are a limited number of spaces in the workshop so sign up early to guarantee a place. You will get to bring home your own pet slime mold. You can find more information on the workshop here.