Conveners: Jennifer Willet, Tagny Duff and Shannon Bell

This working group will consider the parallel fields of bioart and performance art and investigate the moments of intersection and entanglement between the two. Bioart involves a shift in creative production strategies away from forms of representation and towards the manifestation of real embodied encounters between human and non-human specimens. This group will engage theoretically, politically, and in direct hands on workshops that explore notions of ‘performing bioethics.’ We will consider performativity in bioart – exploring the shifting roles of the artist, scientist, and non-human animal as embodied performer within this context.


Jennifer Willet (Ph.D.)Associate Professor in the School for Arts and Creative Innovation at The University of Windsor (Canada) is an internationally successful artist in the emerging field of bioart. In 2009 she opened a bioart research lab, INCUBATOR: Hybrid Laboratory at the Intersection of Art, Science, and Ecology.

Tagny Duff is an interdisciplinary artist working across bioart, video, performance, net art and installation works. She is Director of Fluxmedia Research-Creation Network and Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University.

Shannon Bell is a Professor of Political Science, York University, Toronto ( Her books include Fast Feminism, 2010; Reading, Writing and Rewriting the Prostitute Body, 1994; Whore Carnival, 1995; Bad Attitude/s on Trial, co-author, 1999; Subversive Itinerary: The Thought of Gad Horowitz, co-edited, 2013; and New Socialisms, co-ed. 2004.


Alana Bartol
Amanda White
François-Joseph Lapointe
Harmony Pillon
Jennifer Willet
Kathy High
Kelsey Speakman
Marianne Cloutier
Naira Ciotti
Raphaële Frigon
Shannon Bell
Tagny Duff
Tobaron Waxman
Warren Cariou
Zach Blas
Roberta Buiani