Friday, July 29, 2011

Davee D's BioARTCAMP Experience

On my flight into Banff I was quite nervous about spending 2 weeks with people I had never met before and this feeling continued until we had our first meeting where within 5 minutes I knew that BioARTCAMP was the place for me. The team members were open, kind, friendly and most importantly hilarious.  We were then going over the details of what was to come once we reached Castle Mountain Hostel, and we were all excited to get down to work, BioArtWork that is.

Once at the hostel we set about creating the unique labs in the woods of Banff National Park, we had some ups (all the delicious foods, good company and beer) and downs (the rain, the ever shrinking tent and the late Tetrahymena) but through out that everyone worked together to create a great environment for art, science, philosophy and most importantly innovation.

I had the opportunity to help collect samples, examine Tetrahymena, extract DNA, take/edit photographs, sing BioARTCAMP songs and invite the public to come an see what our team had achieved in just a few days, overall I had an amazing life changing experience and I thank Jennifer Willet and the rest of the BioARTCAMP team!

To see my unedited Geo-Tagged photos please check here:

Thursday, July 21, 2011

BioARTCAMP random fun!

Zoot and Jeanette interview Grant in the Rice Studio.

Adam Z's Awesome Device!

Chicken n' Ribs.... :)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BioARTCAMP Speaker Series July 30 and 31st!


Speaker Series Schedule

Contact for information / Registration:

Day 12 Saturday July 30, 2011

The Banff Centre PDC103

9:30 Coffee, Tea, and Danish (bottled water all day)

10:00 am Opening Remarks

10:10 – 10:40 Jennifer Willet (20 min, plus questions)

BioARTCAMP: A Rocky Mountain Adventure in Art and Biology

10:40 – 11:00 Tagny Duff (15 min, plus questions)

11:00 – 11:20 Angus Leech (15 min, plus questions)

"Why "Songs of Love, Murder and Biotechnology"

11:20- 11:40 Dr. Bulent Mutus (15 min, plus questions)

Simple methods for detecting and quantifying sour gas (hydrogen sulfide) in the environment

12:00 - 1:30 LUNCH

1:40 – 2:40 Colleen Sharpe, Derek Besant (20 min, plus questions)

2:00 – 2:20 Paul Vanouse (15 min, plus questions)

2:20 – 2:40 Marie Pier Boucher (15 min, plus questions)

3:00 Depart For Banff Park Museum

3:40 -4:00 Banff Park Museum Talk

6:00 Banff Dinner

Day 13 – Sunday July 31, 2011

The Banff Centre PDC 103

9:30 Coffee, Tea, and Danish (bottled water all day)

10:00 – 10:20 IAIN BAXTER& (15 min, plus questions)

10:20 -10:40 Marta De Menezes (15 min, plus questions)

Nature and other adventures

10:40 – 11:00 Kurt Illerbrun (15 min, plus questions)

11:00 – 11:30 Panel Discussion (20 min, plus questions)

Tokio Webster, Britt Wray, Kacie Auffret, Jamie Fergus, David Dowhaniuk

11:30 - 1:00 LUNCH

1:20 – 1:40 Adam Zaretsky (15 min, plus questions)

1:40 – 2:00 Melentie Pandilovski (15 min, plus questions)

2:00 – 2:35 Jeanette Groenendaal + Zoot Derks (10 min video, 15 min talk, plus questions)


Canmore Helicopter!

Zoot Derks and I took a helicopter ride today - to collect footage for the BioARTCAMP Video!

Sunday, July 17, 2011

PRE Production - Banff!

Paul Vanouse's Water + Samples Incubating

Prepping petri dishes for Jennifer Willet's take home expirements.

Friday, July 15, 2011

BioARTCAMP in the Rocky Mountian Outlook News Paper

There is a great article by Rob Alexander about the BioARTCAMP project in the Rocky Mountain Outlook News Paper. Apologies to Bulent Mutus for the incorrect spelling of his name, but bye and bye a very complex explanation of the project!

Mutus CBC interview July 14, '11 re BioArtCamp

Hello all I tried to uploaded the audio file of the interview I did for the CBC yesterday but can't figure out how to do it. I uploaded it as a video but that does not work. I will send the file to Tokio maybe she can do it.

See you soon


Thursday, July 14, 2011

Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh MY!

Tokio and I did a walk through at the site today. We brought in an electrician to give us a consultation about the power needs of the project. Mainly we learned that we cannot plug in everything at once, and the microwave and kettle have the most draw. Then we had a chit chat with Tony the hostel manager about rules, and wildlife. He told us that he has seen two grizzlies in the site over the last two weeks, and then on the way home we came across a series of wolf warning signs - We aren't in Kansas anymore, Toto!

BioARTCAMP in the UWindsor Daily News

We are featured in the UWindsor Daily News Today! Thank you to Stephen Fields!

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Preperations continue.....

PERMITS: Special Events, Restricted Activity, and Film Permits!

Today, after two long years of hard work I received all the necessary permits for the BioARTCAMP project. I am grateful for all the hard work of Parks Canada Employees, for assisting me through this difficult process.
It's official - BioARTCAMP is a GO!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Parallel Resdiencies at The Banff Centre

While at The Banff Centre there are two parallel residencies in the visual and media arts: RIP and Dexter Sinister. Check it out!


Dexter Sinister:

And we have met up with two amazing bioart related researchers:

Garnet Hertz:

Angelo Vermeulen

Dinner at the "Salt Lick"

Last night we had dinner at the "salt lick" in Banff with Garnet Hertz, Adam Zaretsky, Tokio Webster, Blu, Lori and Myself.
Also ran into some Banff Centre BioARTCAMP promotion in town!
Photo Credits: Tokio Webster

Friday, July 8, 2011