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The Canary Lab at Syracuse University develops research-based art and media focused on ecology.

Housed within the College of Visual and Performing Arts / Transmedia Department, The Canary Lab hosts a variety of programming, works collaboratively on projects and offers courses open to students across the university. Each semester, the course focuses on a particular topic (food, shelter, animals, climate change, etc.). Students read, research and make projects in response to that research and often in collaboration with each other. The cross-pollination of ideas result in publications, exhibitions, events, or public interventions designed by the class.

The Lab creates additional programming related to each semester’s themes, including workshops, sponsored speakers, symposia, visiting artists and events. Further, the Lab supports relevant student projects beyond the semester and carries out multiple collaborative projects both within the University and with outside partners.

Canary Lab


Project Website:

Susannah Sayler and Edward Morris (Sayler / Morris)

Tattfoo Tan, Evan Weissman, Matthew Potteiger, Mary Mattingly, Leila Nadir + Cary Peppermint, Rachel May, Remake Design, Ryn Adkins, Ryan Pierson

Grants and Support:
Syracuse University’s College of Visual and Performing Arts, The David Rockefeller Fund