Deadline: 21/04/2017

Infinitesimal: Microscopy for artists

A week long research residency for artists to use various microscopes.

Description of residency program
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 2017. The residency will involve daily excursions into natural habitats for collection of materials and into laboratories to get firsthand experience with a wide range of microscopes and microscopy techniques. Expeditions into forests, wildlife sanctuaries, farms and research labs will be enriched by biologists, naturalists and experts.


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.

Photograph what you find through dissecting microscopes at Ottawa U

A guided hike to a fossil be with a Paleontologist

Be charmed by the magic of looking at minerals through the petrographic microscope

Hike Gatineau Park with an entomologist guide who will describe the local dragonflies and other insects.

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

Image samples with the Scanning Electrom Microscope at Ottawa U and the Museum of Nature.

Visit the Andrew Pelling Lab at the Center for Interdisciplinary Nanophysics to learn about biophysical manipulation.

Explore The Wild Garden and collect wild yeast.

Bacteria landscaping and slide prep workshop with Bio artist Julia Krolik.

Duration of residency
The residency will take place over a week in Gatineau, Quebec, Canada in the summer of 2017.

Disciplines, work equipment and assistance
All disciplines are supported. No science experience necessary.

Residents will be picked up in Ottawa and driven to the Ayatana residency house, where they will have a bed and bedding and will be driven to all activities. Meals will be provided.

Fees and support
Residency fee is $1200 USD

Expectations towards the artist
Residents are not expected to produce work during the program. Residents are expected to give a 20 minute artist talk to the group.

Application information
Residency places are limited to 6 artists. Selected applicants will be notified shortly after the application deadline.

Infinitesimal: Microscopy for artists

Infinitesimal: Microscopy for artists


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