Brice Ammar-Khodja Awarded Appel à projets diplômé·es 2022 from Haute École des Arts du Rhin (France).

June 2022
PhD student Brice Ammar-Khodja received an award from the Haut École des Art du Rhin (France) for his PhD research-creation work on heavy metal soil contamination.

Iron-oxyde and ferromagnetic particles activated by air flows and magnetic fields
The Cycles of Attraction is a research-creation project aimed at raising awareness and giving form to urban metallic pollution by mobilizing magnetic particles present in the soil of Champ des Possibles, a former marshalling yard located in the Mile-End neighborhood of Montreal, which has been left abandoned since the 1980s. Practically, the project involves implementing an in situ installation that sensitively materializes the underground pollution of the site. The objective is to engage citizen communities through a new interpretation of this public space by embodying the contaminated matter. Through an art-science dialogue involving Franco-Canadian research laboratories, local academic communities, the municipality, and citizens, this transdisciplinary project aims to foster new forms of environmental sensitivity towards urban soil pollution.
The Cycles of Attraction is a project in partnership with l’associaton les Amis du Champ des Possibles. This research-creation is co-supported by the Concordia University Research Chair in Critical Practices in Materials and Materiality (Canada), the Canada Excellence Research Chair in Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Communities and Cities, the Centre for Sensory Studies (Canada), and the Chaire Arts & Sciences, EnsAD-Polytechnique (France). The Cycles of Attraction has received support from the Sustainability Research Award.

Critical Practices in
Materials and Materiality