Jude Abu Zaineh

October 6, 2022 9AM–1PM
October 9, 2022 2–3PM

Studio 1—Goodman

Rensselaer iEAR graduate student and interdisciplinary artist Jude Abu Zaineh is in residence at EMPAC to design and install a moving-image installation that asks:

What kind of planetary space would a microbiome occupy?

What does digestive memory feel like?

What would our ancestral foods that we digest tell us from beyond?

How do we experience interspecies relationships between human-microorganisms? 

The installation consists of moving-image artworks and large-scale textiles that originate from Abu Zaineh’s site-specific installation at the Ontario Science Centre in collaboration with MOCA Toronto (2018–19). In this original installation Abu Zaineh derived pattern and images from a traditional Palestinian meal, maqlouba, which the artist documented growing, decaying, and changing in petri dishes; an aesthetic metaphor for the pace and experience of inter-generational cultural inheritance.

a room with tyedye colorful fabric hanging and geometric / biologic patterns projected on the fabric

Main Image: Jude Abu Zaineh, Work-in-Progress installation shot, 2022. Photo: Michael Valiquette

Dates + Tickets

Jude Abu Zaineh
Thursday 6
9:00 AM
October 2022

The installation will be open to the public for a work-in-progress sharing

Thursday, October 6 9AM-1PM

Sunday, October 9 2-3PM.

Sunday 9
2:00 PM
October 2022
Presented By

Arts Department

Event Type

The generous support for this Work-in-Progress is provided by:

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council
Curtis R. Priem Experimental Media and Performing Arts Center (EMPAC)
Ontario Science Centre
Museum of Contemporary Art Toronto
BAT LAB Center for Biotechnology