Between 2018 and 2021, I have been co-curating a transdisciplinary program titled FACTT, Festival of art and science with leading Portuguese bioartist Marta deMenezes and many more partners in Portugal, the USA and Mexico. The result was an itinerant exhibition featuring both international and local artworks.
Every year, we would select both conventional and non-conventional locations at the University of Toronto and at York University where to install several artworks at the intersection between art and science.
Locations included the lobby of the department of Physics (UofT), the atrium of the Fields Institute, The study room of the faculty of art and science (UofT) and the teaching gallery at York University.
Images from the first of a series of exhibitions part of FACTT 2018. Artworks were installed in abandoned cabinets across the University of Toronto. full documentation can be found here. FACTT was accompanied by a workshop on CRISPR-cas 9 and artistic practice and a panel discussion
FACTT 2019 consisted in an exhibition and (again) a panel discussion. Together, they interrogated the meaning, the relevance and the implications of evolution from different vantage points, including perspectives from a range of scientific disciplines, technological approaches, and artistic practices. The exhibition reflected on the condition of co-habitation and co-existence of human and non-humans in this world (and beyond?) and posed questions about transformation; forced or elective mutation and survival; agency and decision making; conservation and intervention. Full documentation of the event can be found here
In 2020, FACTT took place at York University’s Gale Gallery, but had to shut down abruptly because of Canada wide lockdown. FACTT resumed one year after online, with a series of performances, hybrid exhibitions and other events titled: FACTT2020/21 Improbable Times. Below is the online opening with two networked performances in Mexico and Canada