The Critical Gardening Collective at SOLU Space

5 Jun 2023 18:00 — 21:00

Location: SOLU

We invite you to join us at SOLU Space on Monday 5th of June at 18:00 for a presentation about the work of the Critical Gardening Collective.
The Critical Gardening Collective, represented by Thierry Bardini, Beatriz Herrera, Bastien Gauthier-Soumis, Éva Giard and Arnaud Mery, will give a presentation about its project, which aims to research and create a moss garden at the Montréal Botanical Garden in 2025. The main concept of the project resided in establishing semi-autonomous symbioses between bipolar bryophytes and cybernetic sculptures (cybryonts), that will connect the different remote sites of the garden.
The collective will travel to Kilpisjärvi Biological Station for two weeks in June to identify, observe and gather specimens of so-called 'bipolar mosses'. The group hopes to find the same mosses at a later residency at the Omora Ethnobotanical Park on the island of Navarino, in the Chilean Patagonia. While doing research on the mosses at Kilpisjärvi, the collective also plans to leave cybernetic sculptures at the area to gather and send data, so the group can later on 'connect' Kilpisjärvi and Omora Ethnobotanical Park with Montréal Botanical Garden.
Beatriz Herrera is a Montreal-based, Chilean-born intermedia artist. Since 2020 her work has à shifted from robotic sculpture to ceramics and drawing.
Agronomist and sociologist of science and technology, Thierry Bardini is full professor at the department of communication at Université de Montréal, where he has been teaching since 1993.
Bastien Gauthier-Soumis is a Montreal-based digital tinkerer and critical maker. He likes to intentionally collaborate with other curious critters, among those bryophytes and humans. He also likes bicycles.
Eva Giard is a master's student and research assistant in communication studies at Université de Montréal.
Arnaud Mery is a PhD student at Université de Montréal’s communication department and a visual artist currently working on how artificial neural networks reshape pictorial art practice.