SCI_ART brings together artists, scientists and academics for a two-day program of panel discussions, artist talks, performances and book launches to present an array of diverse viewpoints and approaches to understanding artistic and scientific collaboration. The symposium will also examine new art forms and technological advances that arise from bringing together scientific research and artistic practice. Many of the invited artists and thinkers in the symposium address some of the most challenging issues of our time, from environmental degradation to social challenges, opening up new ways of thinking and seeing the world around us.

Presented by SAW, the Embassy of the Republic of Slovenia and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in partnership with Artengine, the Embassy of Denmark and the University of Ottawa. 

Supported by Društvo VTIS, RUK, IOTA Institute, PiNA, Incubator Art Lab, Kultur Einer Digitalstadt and Culture and Sustainability Lab.

ORGANIZING COMMITTEE : Myka Burke, Inès Mastellotto-Lesny, Simon Pribac + Jason St-Laurent



Saturday March 25 - Alma Duncan Salon, Ottawa Art Gallery, 10 Daly Ave

9:00AM - Welcoming remarks and continental breakfast

9:15AM - Keynote speaker: Marie-Jeanne Musiol (Gatineau)

10:00AM - Policy Riot: The Role of Government and Academia in Creating the Right Conditions for Art and Science Collaborations

Moderator: Myka Burke (Ottawa)

Speakers: Lukas Einsele (Darmstadt/Mannheim), Albrecht Haag (Darmstadt/Mannheim), Jonathan Hunt (Hamilton), Dr. Johanna Leissner (Brussels) and Dr. Matija Strlič (Ljubljana)

12:00PM - Lunch at Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

1:00PM – Punk Biology: Experiments in Bio-art and Biotechnology

Moderator: Charlene Lau Ahier (Ottawa)

Speakers: Mireille Bourgeois (Halifax), Kosisochukwu Nnebe (Montreal) and Valerie Wolf Gang (Ljubljana / Los Angeles)

2:30PM - Break

2:45PM - Walk on the Wild Side: Interspecies Collaboration in Art

Moderator: Remco Volmer (Ottawa)

Speakers: Aleksandra Bajde (Vienna), Cheryl L’Hirondelle (Saskatoon), Tina Tarpgaard (Copenhagen) and Dr. Jennifer Willet (Windsor)

4:15PM - Break

4:30PM - Machine Mayhem: A.I. and its Impact on the Creative Process

Speakers: Borut Jerman (Koper), Maša Jazbec (Trbovlje), Dr. Jason Millar (Ottawa) and Chantal Rodier (Ottawa)

6:00PM - HUMAN / NATURE exhibition opening and cocktail reception with Marie-Jeanne Musiol (Gatineau), Annie Thibault (Gatineau) and Recoil Performance Group (Copenhagen)

Sunday March 26

12:00PM - Workshop for Children: Recoil Performance Group

Registration required - Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

1:30PM - Artist tour with Annie Thibault

Free admission - SAW exhibition spaces (67 Nicholas Street)

2:00PM - Artist talk and workshop with Valerie Wolf Gang

Registration required - Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

4:00PM - Screening of Inuit Knowledge and Climate Change

Introduction by Aedan Corey (Ottawa)

Directed by: Zacharias Kunuk and Dr. Ian Mauro

Free admission - Club SAW (67 Nicholas Street)

5:00PM - Cocktail reception

Free admission - SAW exhibition spaces (67 Nicholas Street)