Sunday, March 4, 2012


BioARTCAMP: A Rocky Mountain Adventure in Art and Biology
A Short Video document co-produced by G-Netwerk & INCUBATOR
Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks and Jennifer Willet

BioARTCAMP is a two-week residency program at The Banff Centre directed by Dr. Jennifer Willet from The University of Windsor, Canada. BioARTCAMP is a hybrid workshop / conference / performance event where 20 national and international artists, scientists, filmmakers, and university students will work for two weeks to build a portable biology laboratory in Banff National Park.  BioARTCAMP will serve as a “field research station” housing a functional biological sciences lab and a variety of art/science projects.

The BioARTCAMP Video was co-produced by G-Netwerk & INCUBATOR
(Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks and Jennifer Willet) and serves an evocative artwork itself, while providing a glimpse of the BioARTCAMP experience to a larger general audience.  

For more information:


Direction, Interviews, Camera, Edit: Jeanette Groenendaal and Zoot Derks
Music: Angus Leech and Dylan Leech
Audio Post Production: Warning Studio’s

BioARTCAMP Project Designer and Director:  Jennifer Willet
Project Manager: Tokio Webster


Iain Baxter&, Angus Leech, Tagny Duff, Paul Vanouse, Marta De Menezes, Marie Pier Boucher, Kurt Illerbrun, Bulent Mutus, Jeanette Groenendaal, Zoot Derks, Jennifer Willet, Jamie Ferguson, Britt Wray, Kacie Auffret, David Dowhaniuk

A special thank you to:

Grant Yocom, Louise Baxter&, Joan Linder, Dylan Leech, Jean Macpherson, Karin Stubenvoll, Cindy Schatkoski, Mark Resch, Cassandra Piroutz, Susan Kennard, Jamie Fennell, Lori Rissling-Wynn, Ann Morrow, Amanda White, Jodi Vanderbeke, Moira Robertson, Nasseme Albonaimi, Otto Ritosa, Billie McLaughlin, Victor Romao, Josh Babcock, Meghan Krauss, Jennifer Barone, Gam Macasaet, Stephen Fields, Sherri Lynne Menard, Leigh Harold, Wissam Aoun, Rachel Manno, Anthony Brook, Nick Caulford, Tony Chatham, Robert Zwijnenberg, Judy Buchanan-Mappin, Praveen K. Saxena, Melentie Pandilovski.

We are grateful for support from the following partners:

The Banff Centre, The University of Windsor, SSHRC the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, The Ontario Arts Council, Hostelling International , Glenbow Museum, The Art and Genomics Centre, at The University of Leiden, Fonds BKVB.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Now that it's over, apart from the bioart, I miss these things:

Flash mob fashionista appearances in our wonderful and warm sci-couture.

Hilarious evenings with dynamic people like these... I swear they were truly funny, these facial expressions wouldn't necessarily make you believe it, but they were.

Cute kids.

Hanging out with chimeras.

The lab!

It's funny being back now and having tons of people implore me about what Bioartcamp was like. It's very difficult to sum up, but I think I always leave them envious, and with good reason. This summer adventure was an amazing learning experience and helped give rise to a pretty fascinating community. The radio doc is on hiatus for the moment but will be up and in production shortly. More to come on that front.
Thank you all!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

BioARTCAMP: Report from the field.

WOW WOW WOW> I just want to take a moment to thank all the participants of BioARTCAMP> That was a transformative personal and artistic experience, and I am grateful to all that joined us. More images to come!

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!