Wednesday 21, March 2018

Art and Science on a Postcard

Come Join us in ASCUS Lab for Art & Science on a Postcard, a networking and hands-on workshop for artists and scientists. This workshop is brought to you by ASCUS, InterSci and in collaboration with Pint of Science and their Creative Reactions initiative.

Art & Science on a Postcard
10:00am-12:30pm & 1:00pm-3:30pm Sat 28th Apr 2018

This is a collaborative & creative exchange of knowledge and ideas. We will begin with scientists and artists exchanging their research and creative practices. This will be followed by a hands-on image making session inspired by the science and initial conversations, concepts and exchange of ideas. Together the artists and scientists will be teamed up and encouraged to explore art-science narratives through image making side by side collaborating and exchanging approaches throughout the process. This workshop is not about making illustrative scientific imagery, it is about a two way exchange of knowledge and experience between scientists and artists. For this workshop we encourage artists interested in exploring the challenge of image making in response to current scientific research, and scientists interested in embracing creative approaches to image making as a visual aid in explaining their research.

Artists will be encouraged to act as a creative mentor to the scientist their paired with, sharing their practice and experience and scientists will be encouraged to communicate their research in ways that are accessible and to think outside the box in terms of how their science could be represented. This is an opportunity for both scientists and artists to get creative with science!

Why join this workshop?

For artists this is an opportunity to:

  • explore creatively concepts of current scientific research
  • unearth and discuss some of the current complex questions of life being explored in science
  • share your creative practice and approaches with scientists and other artists
  • produce your own creative reactions to science through responsive image making (on a postcard)
  • explore the challenge of image making in response to current scientific research
  • be a creative mentor to your scientist pair
For scientists this is an opportunity to:

  • think about the essence of your research creatively and in a metaphorical and narrative sense
  • explore alternative ways to explain and share your research with non-scientists
  • get excited about your research
  • get non-science audiences excited and engaged with current scientific research
  • explore the challenge of making images (on a postcard) that reflect and/or capture aspects of your research
  • be challenged to explain your science in alternative and simplified ways

If this experience (and exciting challenge) is for you then get in touch with us!
This workshop will culminate in a pop up exhibition as part of Creative Reactions on Saturday the 12th of May for Pint of Science festival (14th-16th May), venue to be confirmed.

Scientific Participants Announced:

During the morning workshop we will be joined by scientists form the fields of Developmental Biology, Cosmology, Behavioural/Spacial Ecology, Plant Synthetic Biology and the Chemistry of Medicine. During the afternoon workshop we will be joined by scientists researching Stem Cells and Regenerative Medicine, Archaeological Science and Education, Biology, Neuroscience and Developmental Biology. Please note we cannot guarantee that during this event you will be paired with the scientist of your choice, but all participants will have the opportunity to chat with each other during the networking part of the event. This is an opportunity to explore image making and experiment with approaches to art and science so please come to this workshop with an open mind.

Morning Workshop:
Summary of scientists research ideas:

  • Understanding the factors in the microenvironment required to make the first blood stem cells during embryonic development in mice.
  • Using gravitational lensing to probe the invisible to the eye underlying dark matter.
  • Tracking the exploratory movements of young northern gannets during the breeding season, using GPS mobile phone tags.
  • Contributing to the work on increasing the efficiency of photosynthesis.
  • Dissolving medicines into solution for injection including freeze-dried medicine.
Afternoon Workshop:
Summary of scientists research ideas:

  • Studying the difficulties involved in controlling stem cells and how they behave in the body.
  • Studying how to make science (archaeology) accessible to all and embedded in learning practices.
  • Interested in the cells of the blood-brain barrier and how they may contribute to the development of small vessel disease.
  • Studying brain sections derived from MS patients, observing increased and/or decreased communication between brain cells.
  • Studying how blood vessels and blood cells are formed during embryo development.

Workshop Details

Saturday 28th April
(please arrive 10/15mins before the start time as we will begin promptly at the advertised time)
FREE* (£3 refundable deposit)
Tickets for scientists – released 8th March (SOLD OUT)
Tickets for artists – released 20th March
(registration is needed and we will release tickets in a two tier system to support pairing of interests between artists and scientists.)

*Registration for a ticket is free but includes a deposit that will be refunded after the event. If for reasons outside your control you have registered and are no longer able to make it then please make sure to cancel your registration prior to the event so that someone else can take your space.

About Workshop Partners

InterSci is a student society at Edinburgh University whose aim is to encourage conversation and collaboration between scientists of different disciplines, and provide a platform for scientists to share their work with the public.
Pint of Science is a non-profit organisation that brings some of the most brilliant scientists to your local pub to discuss their latest research and findings with you. Creative Reactions is a collaboration between artists and Pint of Science scientists to produce artworks related to the science presented at the pubs.

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