light, sweet, cold, dark, crude – ÆLab

light, sweet, cold, dark, crude (LSCDC) is a study of wastewater management systems, of water in various states of composition, decomposition and recomposition. The series of electronic art micro-events was created in conjunction with industrial and ecodesign groups, in order to reflect on two different systems. This work draws from Dr. John Todd’s Eco-Machines which work with plants, fish and algae, without the addition of human-made chemicals to create regenerative processes.

ÆLab is an artistic research unit with Gisèle Trudel and Stéphane Claude from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. The artists acknowledge support from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec and PAFARC-UQAM.

Participate as part of the Festival of Lights

January 19, 21, 26, 28 – 11am – meet at Band Rotunda.

During this workshop, participants will produce their own audiovisual work about the importance of water in the botanical garden, while reflecting on the possible reuse of wastewater. The focus is to work creatively with technology about ecological issues and to discuss each other’s projects, while being in direct contact with the production and (hopefully) presentation environment. Sound and image collection will happen on site at the garden, where we also hope to be able to present the works.

Workshop is open to residency participants and local residents.
Participants will work collaboratively in groups of 2-3 people.
Maximum of 9 participants.

Please note there will not be any technical support for the production of the collective works.
Each participant must be proficient in audio and video production techniques and bring their own production equipment (video camera, computer with editing software, mics, headphones, portable audio recording device, portable amplified speaker device).

A detailed outline will be distributed on the first day of the workshop.


Ælab, LSCDC, 2006-09. Stéphane Claude recording audio at the EcoMachines, Sharon, Vermont


Ælab, LSCDC, 2006-09. Gisèle Trudel recording video at the Station d