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ASCUS Art & Science at Edinburgh Science Festival 2019

Our inspiring partnership with Summerhall Visual Arts and the newly rebranded, Edinburgh Science Festival has produced a brilliant offer this year. We have a fascinating exhibition and programme of events and workshops in store.

This year’s festival is inspired by the 50th anniversary of the Moon landings and the theme Frontiers, exploring the boundaries of knowledge and the spirit of adventure and enquiry that drives science, technology, engineering and maths.

ASCUS Science Festival Workshop Programme 2019

As well as our exhibition Metamorphosis, we are delighted to announce our programme of talks and workshops. Together with invited researchers, exhibiting artists and the ASCUS Lab team, in keeping with the ‘Frontiers’ theme, our programme explores the boundaries between technology, sustainability, biodesign, DNA and health and lifestyle.

Join us on a journey of exploration, from peering down microscopes, delving into the strange world of sonoporation or altering cells with sound, weaving words into our DNA, exploring the sensory worlds of our heart and kidneys and the wild and wonderful science of designing with living organisms. As partners of the Edinburgh Science Festival 2019, ASCUS Art & Science invites you to come and explore the exhibitions in the galleries across Summerhall and to get hands-on with all things art and science in ASCUS Lab during this year’s festival.

Please call the Science Festival box office to book tickets: 0844 5572 686 or book online via the Science Festival website ticket links to individual events and activities are included below

Metamorphosis Artist Talks
Sat 6th April, 2019

Image courtesy of Aurelie Fontan

Aurelie Fontan

When: 13:00 – 14:00
Where: Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW

Sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan takes her inspiration from the social and environmental impacts of fast fashion. Join her as she discusses how science and biodesign has inspired her cutting-edge garments and how these sustainable materials can reshape the industry 

Image courtesy of Russell Beard

Russell Beard

When: 14:30 – 15:30
Where: Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW

Since the beginning of civilisation, from early agriculture to the industrial revolution, society’s impact on our planet has only continued to grow. Artist Russell Beard discusses his joint exhibition with Stephen Kavanagh presenting new sculptural works and the challenges emerging from the social geo-political and environmental uncertainty of the Anthropocene – an era of the dominant influence of human activity on the environment.

Image courtesy of Louise Mackenzie

Louise Mackenzie

When: 16:00 – 17:00
Where: Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW

Artist Louise Mackenzie explores human behaviour and the evolution of society through art practice. With a background in psychology and an interest in philosophy, Mackenzie uses human-made objects as a starting point for exploration. Join us as we discuss Mackenzie’s recent work focusing on aspects of biological matter that she describes as ‘lively material’.

ASCUS Lab Science Festival Workshops
Sun 7th April to Wed 10th April, 2019

Image courtesy of Louise Mackenzie

Tentacular Resonances

When: Sunday 7th April, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW

Artist Louise Mackenzie uses sound and new media to explore our entangled relationship with what she terms ‘lively materials’. Using sonoporation, a technique which alters the DNA of living organisms using sound, we’ll explore the material relationship between resonance and form. Discover how to weave poetry into your own DNA and create soundscapes for a unique, interactive installation.

Image courtesy of Aurelie Fontan

Microfibres, Microorganisms and Design

When: Monday 8th April, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW

Using microbiology and scientific imagery to inform her design process, sustainable fashion designer Aurélie Fontan, uses living organisms to create textiles. Join Fontan in the ASCUS lab for a fascinating conversation about fashion and sustainability. Capture your own scientific imagery and explore how the fermented drink Kombucha, can be transformed into wearable fashion.

Image courtesy of Adrienne Assmus

#No filter: Urine Trouble

When: Tuesday 9th April, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW

How does the kidney filter our blood? What role do salts and sugars in our blood play as they travel through the kidney? #Nofilter Urine Trouble will get up close and personal with our hard-working bean shaped organs to answer all those questions and more! Chat to BHF funded researchers from the University of Edinburgh about kidney health and how factors such as diet, lifestyle and age can affect kidney function. Get hands on with interactive experiments exploring this curious filtration system and learn how the array of colours of our urine help us build a picture of what’s going on inside.

Image courtesy of Tanguy Blehaut

What Makes Your Ticker Tick?

When: Wednesday 10th April, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW

With 8 pints of blood coursing through your veins at any given moment it’s no wonder why the heart is regarded as one of the body’s most important organs. Explore what makes your ticker tick with this unique sensory and hands-on workshop, play with our science tools including ECG, ultrasound and stethoscopes and find out more about this tireless workhorse in all of us. Chat to BHF funded researchers from the University of Edinburgh to peer inside your own heart as it contracts, visualise the electrical impulses that rush through with every beat and see your own cells glow.

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