About SLOlab

The SLOlab: Sympoietic Living Ontologies lab is an interdisciplinary research-creation laboratory that supports the creation of artworks, creative probes, and technological investigations designed to explore the hidden complexity and vitality of our environment. Creators in the lab combine traditional and non-tradition art materials with a diverse range of technological tools, including physical computing, Internet of Things (IoT), 3D imaging, LIDAR, digital fabrication, machine learning/AI and creative coding.


Research in the lab investigates the hidden complexity found in the natural world and explores the deep interconnections between the human and non-human. Artworks created by affiliated researchers use new technologies in the development of interactive systems that situate participants within embodied experiences, designed to reveal hidden dependencies and commonalities between the naturalized Other and human beings.


The SLOlab is an inclusive space that embraces different world views. We recognize that colonial perspectives of the human in relation to nature have resulted in a fractured understanding of how life interrelates on this planet. Work in the lab challenges the colonial mindset of commodification and extraction and attempts to rethink the Western dichotomy that separates the human from its environment.  At the SLOlab we recognize that the natural world has ‘personhood’ and that nature possesses other-than-human intelligence – an understanding that has existed for a millennia in many Indigenous communities worldwide. Our research projects challenge human exceptionalism and attempt to make space for other-than-human persons to be recognized as valuable.


Outcomes for the lab include curatorial projects, creative works, experiments, and research papers. Students interested in working in this lab should feel free to contact the Director Jane Tingley. The SLOlab is in the Joan and Martin Goldfarb Centre for Fine Arts, in the Department of Computational Arts on the Keel campus of York University in Toronto Canada.


The lab graciously recognizes the generous support of the Social Sciences and Humanities Council of Canada (SSHRC) and the Environments of Change Partnership Grant.

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