As part of my PhD research I am collaborating with synthetic biologists, legal scholars, philosophers and other media scholars at the Center for Synthetic Biology in Copenhagen. Researchers from these groups are participating in my media project that aims to generate an original form of interdisciplinary communication in the field using radio and art production. […]
I’m in Copenhagen, the land of the beautiful on bicycles. I moved here last week and am loving it so far. I’ve taken a position as a PhD researcher at the University of Copenhagen in the Department of Media, Cognition and Communication, under the supervision of Dr. Maja Horst and Dr. Sarah Davies. This is […]
A group of 20 philosophers, social scientists, synthetic biologists, public engagement scholars, critical theorists and myself sat in a room together in Berlin 8 hours a day and ate all 3 meals together from Sept 15-19 in an effort to get at the heart of the societal implications of synthetic biology. The things we chatted […]
Broken Pencil Magazine was founded in 1995 and has been pumping out impressive literary devotion to the underground cultural and independent arts in Canada ever since. The Toronto-based publication asked me to write a piece for their summer seasonal issue, which they’d decided they wanted to be about science. Normally the magazine explores the gems […]
From Rear View (Projects): Opening Event: Friday, July 11, 2014, 6:00-9:00pm Performance at 7:00pm followed by Jimenez Lai in conversation with science radio producer and host Britt Wray (CBC, WNYC) for combined scientific and architectural perspectives on flipping the house. Exhibition Location & Dates: The laneway at Sheridan Avenue & Gordon Street, Toronto (refer to […]
It was a pleasure to work over the past several months with veteran CBC IDEAS radio producer Sara Wolch to create our 1 hour documentary about de-extinction, also known as the scientific attempt to resurrect extinct life. As said on the broadcaster’s site, “Extinction is supposed to be forever. But in labs around the world, […]
Brian Cauley started a new podcast called Tiny Conversations, which revolves around exactly that: a short conversation about a topic that he asks you about. Brian had me on the show and asked me about backyard science. You can listen here to hear us chat about it, citizen science, biohacking, the quantified self and other […]
I wrote an article for Entrepreneur Magazine that explains some of the reasons why investors and entrepreneurs are gravitating towards synthetic biology. I’ve got to say that the title they gave the article is a bit unfortunate and ultimately packages the piece together as click-bait hype. However my motivation to write the article was to […]
The Sandbox Network asked me about why I do what I do, my thoughts on millennials, and a few other satisfyingly open ended questions that allowed me to ramble on about some of the things that I care about. Our interview is up here if you’re interested in reading it.
French biohacker Thomas Landrain has found a way to grow your own ink with a special pigment-producing bacteria. As long as you feed it. I made a story for CBC Radio’s technology and culture program Spark that explains how. Check it out here. images courtesy of lapaillasse.org
I travelled to Cork, Ireland for a conference called The Synthetic Biology Future on March 13th. I wrote about what I found most interesting at the conference, namely the evolving understanding, interest and mutual appreciation between the biohacker and academic communities in attendance – on Nature Education’s Scitable. Please find the post here.
Canadian Biohackers meet the Open Web I attended the world’s first “open distributed genetic engineering event” that happened this weekend in Haliburton, Ontario and is subsequently rolling out in several DIY “do-it-yourself” biology labs (i.e. independent non-institutionally supported labs) all over the world. (If you search #sciencehack on Twitter you’ll find some documentation). All those […]
Nadja Oertelt (documentary producer at HarvardX) and I are giving a workshop on citizen science at SXSWedu in March. We’ll be sticking around for SXSWinteractive as well. Will you be there? Feel free to get in touch . Here’s our workshop description: Citizen Science: Education for and by the People Summary #DIYsciSXSW DIY Science has […]
I’m quite hyped up about being a new guest host on CBC Radio 3. Radio 3 brings you the best in emerging Canadian music from indie rock to hip hop and electronic music. You can catch me telling stories between tunes on four hour sets at a time during weekends and weekly shows on a […]
http://www.concordia.ca/events/calendar/2013/11/26/synthetic-biologyinterdisciplinaryperspectives.html CLICK HERE FOR PRESENTATION SLIDES Photos from the event can be found here http://www.flickr.com/photos/78108880@N00/sets/72157638149768756/ (credits David Szanto).
I presented at Pecha Kucha on Nov 5 in Toronto. I told a little story about evolution, vitalism, synthetic biology and a revitalized scientific aim to revive extinct species called de-extinction. I am making a radio documentary right now for CBC Radio One’s Ideas on de-extinction, so I set the stage for my upcoming doc […]
During my Master’s program at OCAD University I had the great pleasure of working with a phenomenal mind – Dr. Paula Gardner. As a critical theorist, Paula cracked my mind wide open in the first seminar that I took with her, wow-ing me with her deep and focused articulation of how the archaeology of critical […]
I designed the 2013 publication by the Toronto Arts Council Transforming Communities Through the Arts. Arts Impact overview Toronto’s neighbourhoods are filled with art-making – from murals to brass bands, from hip hop artists to community choirs, from fabric artists to film makers – our city is alive with creativity. Access to these diverse art […]