Wastelands is a playful, yet, serious biological art project exploring current bioengineering practices applying methanogenic bacteria and archaea to produce methane through anaerobic degradation. This biological art project speculates on a future 500 hundred years from now when humans are using the biotechnology to create biogas, fuelling the world with only our waste-excrement, methanogens and viruses- the key ingredients for production of methane biogas.
Tagny Duff is an interdisciplinary media artist, scholar and educator working across media art and microbiology with a particular interest in microbial interaction and scientific practices from a cultural point of view. Duff has exhibited biological art works nationally and internationally in venues such the Science Gallery in Ireland (2011) and Espace Multimedia Gatner, France (2015). She has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on the overlap between art and science methodologies and approaches including the recent publication “Mangling Methods Across Performance Research, Biological Arts and Life Sciences” published by Media-N Journal of the New Media Caucus. She is the recipient of numerous prizes and grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), Fonds de recherche du Québec – Société et culture (FRQSC).
Duff is an associate professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Concordia University and is the director/founder of Fluxmedia, a network for artists, scientists, and humanities researchers to engage in collaboration across art and the life sciences www.fluxnetwork.net . She is also founder of the Speculative Life Lab housed in the Milieux institute for Arts, Culture and Technology at Concordia. www.speculativelife.com