Fall BioArt Bootcamp

 BioArt Bootcamp Fall workshop series!

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Bootcamp series

 

 

From cultivating mycelium, Microbial art, Phyto photography, Bio-Sonification, Fermenting forms, Physarum encounters & more!
Workshops are available individually or register for the entire series.
Workshops include PDF files of materials/supply info, links to recorded workshop(s), Bioart/sciart maker space labs throughout Canada, Mexico, Europe, SE Asia, and the United States. Material and supply lists will be sent out in advance of each workshop when possible.* If not in advance, participants can expect to receive materials lists, etc. after the workshops.

Workshops will run $45 per or $150 for the entire series.
This workshop series will take place online via Zoom

The Zoom workshops will begin with an introduction then a slide presentation, Q&A, 10 minute break, demos, Q&A . Workshops running longer than 3/hrs will have a short break every hour.  Chat will be open for participants to share questions, links to their work, etc.

Ticket button above takes you to Eventbrite where you can register for the Bootcamp Series. Individual workshops may be purchased through the links below.

Workshop 1 • Sunday, September 27th 12pm to 4pm EDT

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Bio-Sonification: Potential uses towards bio-remediation, art, music and more. Step by step Breadboarding of electronic components creating an Arduino shield to building your own Module. Inspiration, field recording and more!
breadboard components towards building an Arduino shield
constructing various electrodes for use in collecting soil, plant, fungi and human biodata
translating biodata into sound using MIDI and Control Voltage output- analog and digital.
Inspiration- artists and scientists working with biodata to Midnight Mushroom Music.

Workshop 2 (perhaps of interest to ceramicists and fashion/textile designers) Sunday, October 4th 12 PM to  4 PM EDT

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Microbial Art: from Bio pigments/inks, Obvara glazes and Winogradsky Columns= Enter the world of microbes!
Introduction to bioPigments, step by step how-to’s, applications and inspiration in abundance!
Tosca has travelled Australia, Canada, Iceland and NZ researching Obvara mixtures.
What is Obvara? Obvara, which is said to be pronounced ab-vara (and is sometimes known as ‘Baltic raku’) is believed to have originated in Eastern Europe (mainly Belarus, Estonia and Latvia) in around the 12th century. The technique is known as ‘hardened ceramics’ or ‘blackened pots’ in Latvia, ‘sourdough pottery’ or ‘yeast pottery’ in Lithuania and ‘scalded ceramics’ in Russia.
Obvara interacts with the clay to create random, chaotic patterns. Often making lichen-like, dendritic patterns, and structures on the clay surface.
Bio-pigments from bacteria and beautiful, colourful Winogradsky columns.

Workshop 3 (in partnership with Interaccess) Sunday October 18th 1PM to 4PM EDT  PWYC {link to register will be available in September}  Mycelium Bio-Materials 

From cultivating mycelium edibles, to sculpting, creating mycelium ‘leather’, acoustic panels and more! Working with various substrates and additives, growth mediums, 3D armatures, recycled materials and heaps of inspiration. Step by step demonstrations on pasteurizing, ‘growing’ a mycelium bag, mushrooms used for leather and dying and more! During this workshop participants are introduced to the amazing potentials of mycelium. Mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless! Check out the Mycelium Martian Dome project, an installation that took place in 2019 through a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. NASA Ames Research Centre will cite this artist’s vision/public installation in Phase II in their research towards fungi based building/insulating materials.

 

Workshop 4   

SCOBY Fermenting Forms
Cultivate Kombucha (Medusomyces gisevii) leather at home and start designing your own clothing, accessories and experimentations with this flexible bio-material alternative to animal sourced textiles.
Participants will learn how to grow and work with SCOBY=Symbiotic Culture Of Bacteria and Yeast through step by step instructions. Demonstrations will be given on methods to dye, dry and finish SCOBY leather, discussing design ideas, process and inspiration from artists currently working with bacterial cellulose, as well as suggested suppliers both local and abroad.

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Workshop 5

Phyto + Fungal photography Sunday, November 15th 12 PM to 3 PM EDT – with potential to run to 4 PM

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Photographers and artists working with alternative plant based developers and toners to photographers collaborating with
microbes and fungi in their work. Step by step demonstrations, inspiration and safety protocols. Developing prints using weeds found in your garden or grocery store, coffee, fungi, to working with microbes. Experiments with instant film, photographic paper, negatives and cyanotypes will be discussed.

Workshop 6

Physarum Encounters  Sunday, November 22nd 12 PM to 3 PM

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During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces the potential of slime mould for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to set-up their kitchen/studio into safe, mini-Physarum Biolabs towards raising Physarum polycephalum.
The workshop invites participants to experiment with different biological media and feeding substrates, reflecting on how they inform the growth and morphology of protozoans and protists. Discussions around working with Physarum towards mapping areas (your daily bike route, for instance) to slime circuitry, artists working with Physarum.
*Physarum polycephalum is a yellow ameboid dweller of decaying logs and decomposing vegetation on dim forest floors. It made headlines when Japanese biologists demonstrated its uncanny ability to optimize paths through mazes and reproduce tracks between mapped Tokyo railway stations. Since then, slime mould has become an attractive living substrate for research in diverse areas such as mathematical modelling, computation and bio-art.

Link: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/episode-3-special-guest-physarum-polycephalum

Thank you in advance for your support of this workshop series. Please note that due to the large undertaking putting these workshops together we will not be able to offer refunds.
Thank you for your understanding.

Bio-Material workshops online

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials  online and it is PWYC!  (scroll down for ticket link)

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art, science and technology.

Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form*, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.

Mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless! Check out the Mycelium Martian Dome project, an installation that took place in 2019 through a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre. NASA Ames Research Centre will cite this artist’s vision/public installation in Phase II in their research towards fungi based building/insulating materials.

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

*How the online workshops roll:

Registrants receive a link to a private online video of the Mycelium Bio-Materials workshop. This workshop will cover every aspect discussed during the physical workshops. After 1.5 weeks of receiving the video link everyone registered will receive a Zoom invite for live Q&A with date/time suggestions.
  • Who/What/Where and How I started working with non-human/fungi
  • Slide show- I feel the online version might be more fun than the physical, in-person version!
  • Links to recommended videos covering what other artists, engineers, architects are creating with mycelium/mushrooms
  • resources both local and abroad
  • How-to cultivate mycelium from substrates to fruiting bodies
  • Recommended reading
  • Sculpting with mycelium, using forms and free forming it
  • Desiccation or not
  • Basic kitchen/studio “lab” set-up, creating your clean lab space.
  • PDF files and more!
Meanwhile, If you are interested in Midnight Mushroom Music– where I bio-sonify living mycelium
there is another live stream coming up April 25thhttps://youtu.be/4p5PrgDvJp8
travelling without moving into the mycelium network!
Thank you for your support during this time! Independent, artist-run businesses truly appreciate your support XO
Kindly
Tosca
online workshop

Metal in May or possibly November…

Depending on how Self-Isolation plays out Metal + Glass might start up July or November. Meanwhile, other workshops will be online and offered as PWYC! 

Learn how to form, fabricate, solder, set-stones in our 4 wk  Metal + Glass course, etch, cast and more!

Almar’s cuttlebone cast from a 4/wk course in Iceland

Metal + Glass 4-week course Starts up TBA  – 8 evenings. Tuesday & Thursday 6:30-9:30pm  $285/pp – limited seats!

 

evening #1: First evening: working with copper: safety, drilling, sawing. Adding textures.

 

 

evening #2: Making a ring band out of silver (stamp, hammer finish, roller print, etc.)

evening #3: Working with wax create a small piece w/the lost wax technique- to be cast in Sterling silver or brass (off-site).

evening #4: Finishing wax projects, Lo-tech casting with Cuttlefish bone.

evening #5: Fold-forming

evening #6: Enameling copper projects, forming, how to make your own basic findings.

evening #7: Bezel settings cabochon stones or fossils or crystals, or an enameled glass piece.

evening #8: Finish up projects  No experience necessary!

Copper, wax, glass, and some sterling silver are supplied*.  A list of local suppliers is included.   Questions concerning this course? Please see our FAQ’s

What’s included:
Approx 4×5” piece of copper sheet, 2’ copper wire, sterling silver for 1 ring band, fine silver bezel wire to set 1 cabochon-cut stone, silver solder to complete class projects, wax, 10 grams of sterling silver for cuttlebone casting,  powdered vitreous enamel, 1 doz saw blades, 1 1mm drill bit, 1 half-face particulate respirator, nitrile gloves, refractory materials for casting molds.  Students are encouraged to supply their own cabochon cut stones, crystals, rocks, etc.

Additional materials not included: cabochon cut stone(s), extra sterling silver grain for lost wax castings, sterling silver sheet/plate for setting stones on/constructing other pieces.  Sterling silver casting grain may be purchased at $2.50gram.

The lab fees offer tools and materials for students to continue projects at home and start setting up their own studio.
Lab fee $150.00 (optional) what it includes:
adjustable jeweller’s bench pin, jeweller’s saw frame, 1 gross (144) jeweller’s saw blade assortment, 20 grams of sterling silver casting grain, 2″x2″ sterling silver plate.
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Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials

Next Mycelium Bio-Materials workshop
is scheduled for Sunday, April 19th, 1pm start

April 19th workshop
May 24th workshop

 

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material. All materials are provided.

Workshop includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Nitrile gloves
Particulate mask
Instructions

This workshop includes everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form plus, a full bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted, wood structures, etc) will be discussed.

March 15

Mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless! Check out the Mycelium Martian Dome project, an installation that took place in 2019 through a residency at the Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto in partnership with the Ontario Science Centre.

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively –
creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.

February & March workshops at co:Lab & InterAccess

Bio-Data Touchpads @I/A

Tuesday, March 3rd 6PM-10PM
$95 for members of I/A
$125 for non-members, includes materials fee.

 

Tosca Teran will lead a workshop on how to build customized touchpads that can trigger sounds, samples, and sequencers, collect bio-data, be used with analog or digital synthesizers, and so much more. With this device, you can start listening to your BioData!

Create your own custom touchpads and you will be able to:
– Use with your analogue or digital synth
– Trigger sounds/samples
– Trigger sequences
– Control a robot
– Collect bio-data
– Use with Unity and more!

Participants will learn how to design and etch customized touchpads using their own hand-drawn and digitally created images. While designs are etching we will discuss and design the circuitry to be included on our touchpads! Participants will start with simple on/off touchpads and move into a multi-touch and slide-touch touchpad.

This workshop takes place at InterAccess.org



Mapping with Slime Mould • Sunday, March 22nd 1pm-4pm $50/pp

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces the potential of slime mould for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Physarum Biolabs and leave the workshop with a feeding and growing kit, their own Slime mould, as well as a wide array of possibilities of slime mould (Physarum polycephalum*) culturing. The workshop invites participants to experiment with different biological media and feeding substrates, reflecting on how they inform the growth and morphology of protozoans and protists.

*Physarum polycephalum is a yellow ameboid dweller of decaying logs and decomposing vegetation on dim forest floors. It made headlines when Japanese biologists demonstrated its uncanny ability to optimize paths through mazes and reproduce tracks between mapped Tokyo railway stations. Since then, slime mould has become an attractive living substrate for research in diverse areas such as mathematical modelling, computation and bio-art.

This workshop takes place at co:Lab

Link: https://soundcloud.com/nanotopia/episode-3-special-guest-physarum-polycephalum

Winter Workshops – 2020

Bio-Material/Bio-Art workshops

 

 

 

 

 

Bio-Art related workshops taking place at co:Lab|nanopod studio scheduled into March 2020. 

Mycelium Bio-Materials

Bio-Sonification Modules

Physarum non-human encounters 

We’ve had an overwhelming response to our Mycelium Bio-Materials workshops so, we’ve added a special Thursday evening workshop! Thursday, January 23rd 6:30 to 9:30pm
Only 5 seats remain – register soon via the button below!  

Working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials

New date added for January, 26th 2020

 

 

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material. All materials are provided.

Workshop includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Sculpting mix
Nitrile gloves
Particulate mask
Instructions

This workshop includes everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form plus, a full bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted, wood structures, etc) will be discussed.

Mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively –
creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.

Bio-data Module building workshop

Holiday gift-giving!

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you.
Workshop participants receive step by step guidance putting together their Modules and help in understanding how the device works. Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important. Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_en

“Bio-sonification,” basically means using technology to turn the bio-rhythms of living organisms into sound.
Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon. The Bio-Sonification module is a purpose-built circuit able to detect micro fluctuations in conductivity that have a duration between 1000th and 100,000th of a second.
While in Australia researching bio-sonification of Gum trees and Aussie fungi, Tosca was interviewed by ABCWhat do mushrooms sound like?
Curious to listen/hear what bio-sonification has taken place so far?
Check out the Midnight Mushroom Music podcast here!

Build a biodata to MIDI module

Build your own portable Nanotopian MIDI Bio-Sonification Module to record and play-back Bio-Data from nature. 

Tuesday evening, December 3rd, 6:30pm start.  Module kits are  $45/pp for registered workshop participants.  The workshop is  $50/pp

Registered participants can purchase their kit on the day of the workshop or pay for their module in advance.

Reserve your seat soon, seats/kits sell out fast!

 

Collaborate sonically with the non-human organisms around you.
Workshop participants receive step by step guidance putting together their Modules and help in understanding how the device works.
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of soldering is very important. Here is a link to the Mighty Ohm’s, fullsoldercomic_en

The MIDI Bio-Sonification modules require MIDI connectors (Midi Into the Module).
Musical (instrument) shops sell them or check out Amazon, Moog Audio, Long and McQuade, etc
iConnectivity is great! They offer a package with both USB and Lightning connectors. Non-iPhone/Pad users can use a USB adaptor.
Here are some links for you to check and the Ableton LIVE 30-day trial link. We work with Ableton (have since its beginning) this is why we recommend it but there are other music production/editing apps out there!
Animoog is awesome and amazing and costs $29.99 through the app store: https://www.moogmusic.com/products/animoog
Propellerheads Reason Compact Free: https://www.propellerheads.com/reason-compact
AudioKit-Synth Onehttps://audiokitpro.com/synth/
Android synth apps

“Bio-sonification,” basically means using technology to turn the bio-rhythms of living organisms into sound.

Biodata Sonification is a process to translate complex real-time sensor data into musical notes and controls, exploring the auditory sensory modality to provide insights into invisible phenomenon.

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium

Multi-species entanglements: Forming with Mycelium • working with environmentally friendly, renewable materials
December 5th at InterAccess
SOLD OUT Special workshop for the Fantastic Fungi Futures events taking place around the movie screening at HotDocs 

Next Mycelium Bio-Materials workshop
is being planned for January 12, 2020

During this workshop, Tosca Terán introduces participants to the amazing potential of mycelium for collaboration at the intersection of art and science. Participants learn how to transform their kitchens and closets into safe, mini-Mycelium Biolabs, learn how to cultivate mycelium, and leave the workshop with a live Mycelium planter/bowl form, as well as a wide array of possibilities of how they might work with this sustainable bio-material.  All materials are provided.

Workshop includes:
1 round planter growth form
1 bag of substrate inoculated with Mycelium
Sculpting mix
Nitrile gloves
Particulate mask
Instructions

This workshop includes everything you need to grow a round planter, as well as hand-sculpt a small form plus, a full bag of substrate inoculated with mycelium! Suggestions on how to grow other forms or grow onto various armatures (3D printed, hand-knit/crocheted, wood structures, etc) will be discussed.

Various mycelium can be used in industrial design, art, architecture – the possibilities are seemingly endless!

Mycelium= the mass of interwoven filamentous hyphae that forms especially the vegetative portion of the thallus of a fungus and is often submerged in another body (as of soil or organic matter or the tissues of a host) aka mushroom roots

Artist-instructor Tosca Teran works with Mycelium collaboratively –
creating the Midnight Mushroom Music Podcast.
This year (2019) Tosca and Andrei (together forming Nanotopia) are offering workshops making Bio-Sonification Modules out of their shared studio space, Interaccess.org, UofT and abroad.
Personal: www.toscateran.com
Tosca was recently interviewed by, Ecovative Designs. Check out the
interview here, https://ecovativedesign.com/blog/178

Mycelium is the vegetative part of a fungus, consisting of a network of fine white filaments called hyphae aka Mushroom roots.

Bio-Material workshops in Toronto

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