Friday 20, July 2018

ASCUS at the 2018 Science Festival

30th March – 15th April

Synthetica Launch Special Event: 7pm-9pm, Fri 30th March

In partnership with the Edinburgh International Science Festival we would like to announce this year’s programme and with that, invite you to explore with us this year what it means to be alive through art and science! Over the last few years we have been working with the Edinburgh International Science Festival and Summerhall, to bring you a dynamic visual arts programme in addition to hands-on art-science activities in ASCUS Lab. Click here for more info about Synthetica, this years visual arts exhibition.

ASCUS Lab, Science Festival Workshop Programme 2017

As well as Synthetica, the visual arts exhibition, we are delighted to announce our programme of talks and workshops, which will explore both creative and scientific ideas around our complex and multi-faceted relationship with health and biotechnology.

Are you interested in finding out what happens behind the scenes in today’s research laboratories? What conversations result when artists get creative with science? Together with invited researchers, exhibiting artists and the ASCUS Lab team we want to understand the ways scientists and artists are exploring and the challenges we face today in relation to our body, health and biotechnology. Why are artists interested in questions around the tools and technology used in cutting edge science? Join for this year’s programme as artists and scientists share the approaches and methods they use and get the chance to try some of these scientific processes yourself!

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

 
Synthetica Artist Talks
Sat 31st Mar 2018

 
Image courtesy of Ting-Tong Chang

Ting-Tong Chang

When: 31st of March, 13:00 – 14:00
Where: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW
Ting-Tong Chang’s satirical gaze leaves no aspect of society untouched. Revelling in the absurd and illogical, he makes a mockery of socio-political subjects ranging from the social and ecological effects of consumerism to the functioning of the art world itself. Working across the distinct practices of ink drawing, durational performance and kinetic sculpture, his transgressive practice co-opts science, technology and history to dissect the world around him. Hear Ting-Tong Chang discuss his work P’eng’s Journey to the Southern Darkness as part of contemporary art exhibition Synthetica, in conversation with co-curator Dr Sarah Thomas, Edinburgh International Science Festival.

 
Image courtesy of Oron Catts

Oron Catts

When: 31st of March, 14:30 – 15:30
Where: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW
 
Oron Catts is the director of SymbioticA, an artistic research laboratory at The University of Western Australia. His interest is life; more specifically the shifting relations and perceptions of life in the light of new knowledge and it applications. Discussing his new work in progress in collaboration with artist Dr Ionat Zurr, Crossing Kingdoms, Oron Catts will reflect on his recent residency at The University of Edinburgh as part of a research project on cross-kingdom cell fusion. Together with co-curator Dr Sarah Thomas, Edinburgh International Science Festival., we will cross the borders of life, both that are tangible and conceptual.

 
Image courtesy of Marta de Menezes

Marta de Menezes

When: 31st of March, 16:00 – 17:00
Where: Anatomy Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
Tickets: £5, Ages 14+ BOOK NOW
 
Based in Lisbon, Marta de Menezes is celebrated for her work at the intersection of art and biology, demonstrating the use of cutting edge biological technologies as a new art medium. Speaking following the launch of contemporary art exhibition Synthetica, which presents a retrospective of her acclaimed works including Immortality for Two and The Origin of Species, Marta de Menezes will discuss the idea of what we consider ‘natural’ today and how the questions of our own identity can be explored in this work. Hosted by co-curator Dr Sarah Thomas, Edinburgh International Science Festival.

 
ASCUS Lab Workshop Programme
Various Dates
 
Image courtesy of Science Festival 2018

The Heart Inside and Out

When: 31st of March, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW
 
So much of scientific imaging in heart research is reliant on the manipulation of animal tissue samples. This is in order to observe the biological structures to understand how they work and why they are important for maintaining health. Come along to this workshop in ASCUS Lab in Summerhall to try some of these techniques and processes for yourself and look at your own heart in a whole new way.

Please note: the tissue and samples being used on the day will be from mice and zebrafish provided by cardiovascular scientists conducting scientific research into human health. Part of this activity also includes dissection of a pigs heart.
 
Image courtesy of Science Festival 2018

Capturing the Chromosome

When: 1st of April, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW
 
Come along to ASCUS Lab in Summerhall for a unique workshop combining Art and Cell Biology. Professor Bill Earnshaw from the University of Edinburgh will introduce us to the wonderful world of human cells; his cutting edge research is focused on chromosomes, the cellular structures containing our DNA. Participants will be led by one of our artists in the creation of a piece of art inspired by the images of dividing cells under the microscope.

 
Image courtesy of Science Festival 2018

Model Organisms and Making Mutants

When: April 7th, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 16+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW
 
Join us in ASCUS Lab in Summerhall for a hands-on workshop that explores how and why animal models are vital for furthering heart health research. This workshop will also uncover the creative ways genetic modification enables new uses of scientific imaging techniques that continue to make heart disease and function visible.

Please note: the tissue and samples being used on the day will be from mice and zebrafish provided by cardiovascular scientists conducting scientific research into human health.

 
Image courtesy of Science Festival 2018

Our Nano World

When: April 8th, 14:00 & 18:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £15, 14+ (under 18s must be accompanied by an adult) BOOK NOW
 
Join us and Dr. Olof Johansson in the ASCUS Lab in Summerhall to uncover how light has the ability to control electrons in molecular magnetic materials. Come along to learn about today’s exciting research using novel experimental techniques to study new phenomena in material science. We will explore ways in which extremely short laser pulses can develop our understanding of new, ‘smart’ materials. Applying these methods to magnetic materials can form the basis for future ultrafast information storage devices.

 
Image courtesy of Science Festival 2018

ASCUS Lab DIY Bio Zone – Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire

When: 15th of April,10:00-17:00
Where: ASCUS Lab, Summerhall
Tickets: £6, Adults BOOK NOW
 
As part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2018 ASCUS Lab is hosting a DIY Bio Zone at the Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire. The Edinburgh Mini Maker Faire is a celebration of the diversity of human creativity and is taking place on Sunday the 15th of April 2018 from 10am-5pm. On the day ASCUS Lab will share some of their DIY Bio activities from ongoing experiments, to works-in-progress, come along to check out what’s happening in the DIY Bio World!

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