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September to December 2019

Binary ReVisions - Darian Goldin Stahl residency at Hugh Clarke's Lab


From September to December of 2019, Dr. Hugh Clark opened the doors of his lab to printmaker Ph.D. student Darian Goldin Stahl to explore the links between reproductive research, fine arts, and materiality. This art residency, facilitated by the Convergence Initiative, resulted in not only the production of beautiful artworks but also in a new revitalized appreciation for sci-art collaborations among scientists and artists that participated in the experience.


This page presents some of the results of that Sci-Art exploration.

Minidocumentary by Cristian Zaelzer

Darian Goldin Stahl, Karen Freire Carvalho and Sofia Granados Aparici

Binary ReVisions

An artistic residence at Hugh Clarke's Lab - Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre

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The Lab.

Hugh Clark's research focuses on the growth and development of the oocyte within the follicle of the ovary before ovulates and gets fertilized to produce a new individual. His lab is particularly interested in how the developing oocyte communicates with the surrounding cells of the follicle to ensure its healthy development. His lab is affiliated to the McGill University Division of Experimental Medicine, the McGill University Department of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, The Centre for the Study of Reproduction, and La Réseau Québécois en reproduction.

Hugh Clarke's Lab is located in the Glen site of the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre.

The People.

Hugh Clarke obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He is currently the Acting Research Director of the Ob/Gyn Research Division and Co-director of Human Reproduction and Development Axis of the Research Institute of McGill University Health Centre. Dr Clarke also acts as a Study-section member of the National Institute of Health (USA).

Darian Goldin Stahl is an interdisciplinary printmaker and bookmaker. She is a PhD candidate in Humanities at Concordia University, and her research-creation project investigates how artists' book's can become multi-sensory objects of lived experience on the topics of illness, disability, health, and wellbeing. Darian holds a Canada Vanier Graduate Scholarship for its interdisciplinary promotion of the health humanities.

Karen Freire Carvalho is a PhD student at McGill University and her research is focused on Reproductive Biology, with emphasis on investigating the female egg developmental process.

Sofia Granados Aparici is a postdoctoral fellow at McGill University and her research project focuses on investigating new markers of egg quality in women under different conditions, based on its ability to communicate with the surrounding cells in the ovary.

Darian's artworks.

Currently motivated by her sister, Devan Stahl, particular struggles with fertility as a woman with a chronic illness, Darian focused her latest work as Artist in Residence at the McGill University Fertility Research Lab on a desire to reveals the networks of human, animal, and material actants that undergird scientific innovation. Viewers of this artwork are then able to train an eye onto layers of bodily research as a merging of macro and micro vantages.

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