Tagny Duff is Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Studies.
Duff’s current SSHRC funded research looks at the intersection of media and visual culture, with a specific interest in the conceptual, metaphoric and applied use of viruses and the viral. By working hands-on with biotechnology and scientific techniques, Duff is interested in demystifying and making public, the use, creation and cultural perceptions of the viral. Recent projects include “Cryobook Archives” (2009) and “The Living Viral Tattoos”(2008), a series of sculptures made from human ex-plant tissue and synthetic biological retroviruses.
Duff’s interdisciplinary art practice spans video, performance, bioart, net art and installation works. Exhibitions include “Living Viral Tattoos” at Moscow Biennial (2009) and National Centre for Contemporary Art (2008) (Keliningrad, Russia) and IX MediaForum and Moscow International Film Festival (2008) as part of the group exhibition Evolution Haute Couture, curated by Dmitry Bulatov. Other recent exhibitions include Performing Diagnostics (2009) Articule (Montreal, Canada), Moist Media Archives Prototypes (2008) Perth Institute of Contemporary (Perth, Australia) and Recursive Symmetry (2008) Gallery Aferro, USA. Published articles include “Going Viral. Performance and documentation in the science laboratory” in Performance Research Journal, Routledge and Francis Taylor Press (2009), “Codpieces Revisited: Time, Migration and Duration”, edited by Paul Couillard in Ironic to Iconic. Tanya Mars, published by FADO (2008) and “FFWD, RWD and Play: Performance art, video and reflections on feminism in Vancouver 1973-1983″, edited by Tanya Mars and Johanna Householder, Caught in the Act: Performance Art By Canadian Women, published by YYZ Artists outlet (2004).