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An Anthropological Journey Through Cellular Life

Date: 26 August 2015
Time: 3:00pm
Location: SymbioticA
Speaker: Christine Beaudoin

Christine Beudoin will discuss her year-long research project which looks into the relationship between humans and lab-grown cells, as maintained by scientific methodology and harnessed by both biohacking and artistic practices. Her hands-on explorations have included mammalian tissue culture experiments at the Pelling Lab and at SymbioticA, together with engaging physarum polycephalum (slime mould) and fungal cultures at the Chooi Lab. The methodology chosen to investigate beyond-the-human life and relationships within the framework of anthropology will be discussed, bringing the notion of species to be questioned.

Christine Beaudoin is currently a masters’ student in anthropology at the School for Sociological and Anthropological Studies at the University of Ottawa. She has been an anthropologist-in-residence at the Pelling Laboratory for Biophysical Manipulation (uOttawa) since July 2015 and is presently undertaking a 3-month residency at SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia. She’s a member of the HumAnimaLab which uses ethnographic methods to study human-animal relationships. She is also involved with a DIYbio group in Ottawa, BioTown.