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Bio and Beyond | EISF 2016

Saturday 26 March – Friday 13 May

Co-curated by the Science Festival, Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science, Bio and Beyond brings together work from local and international artists, designers and scientists inspired by or challenging science and technology’s potential to improve our world and how we live in it. Bio and Beyond puts life under the microscope; encompassing everything from the deeply personal to the truly global – even cosmic.

As part of Beyond Bio we will be running a series of associated events and workshops, tickets are available through the Science Festival website. Check out all the events we are running for the EISF this year on our Events Calendar. Scroll down to read more about artists and individual exhibits on show.

Exhibitions are FREE
Open daily 10am – 6pm (during the Science Festival)

Closed on Mondays (after the Science Festival):
11th April, 18th April, 25th April, 2nd May, 9th May
Exhibition Tours: 2pm
To book a place on the tour please RSVP to: info@summerhall.co.uk
Thursday 31st March, Friday 8th April, Friday 22nd April, Friday 6th May

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Image © Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Bio and Beyond Exhibition programme

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THERE WILL BE LIGHT
Ade Adesina

Ade Adesina’s work is a visual commentary focusing on ecology and our ever-changing world. He combines imagery from his African roots and from Western culture, using traditional printmaking techniques, to reflect the damage caused to our planet. Fusing wild and urban landscapes he creates dystopian terrains, exploring topics such as deforestation, energy consumption and the endangerment to both human life and wild species.
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ATOPIC ART: EXPRESSIONS OF ECZEMA
Trevor Gordon and Josie Vallely

‘Atopic Art: Expressions of Eczema’ is a partnership project between ASCUS Art & Science, dermatologist Dr Sara Brown and charity Eczema Outreach Scotland. For this exhibition Trevor Gordon and Josie Vallely explore the personal stories and experiences of individuals ‘living with eczema’. Through their work the artists endeavour to address the personal impact of eczema, from building safe and dream filled spaces, to expressing imaginative representations that play with the tactile and textural manifestations of the condition.
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STRANGER VISIONS
Heather Dewey-Hagborg

In ‘Stranger Visions’ artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg creates portrait sculptures from analyses of genetic material collected in public places. Working with the traces strangers unwittingly leave behind, Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to the developing technology of forensic DNA phenotyping and the potential for a culture of biological surveillance. Heather Dewey-Hagborg hopes, by producing realistic sculptures of anonymous people using clues from their DNA, to spark a debate about the use or the potential misuse of DNA profiling, privacy, and genetic surveillance.
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THE HUMAN’S PLANET EARTH
Dennis & Debbie Club, Fiona Anderson, Lewis Den Hertog and Kieran Curran (aka MC TRUE FACTS)

A young woman’s sudden discovery of her magical ability to travel into deep space sends her on a journey of trans-cosmological exploration, where she herself is discovered by a creature roaming the dark depths of our solar system. Special events are planned throughout the exhibition, expanding on the installation’s theme of utopia versus dystopia, alienation, and what the far future of mankind might have in store.
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MENAGERIE OF MICROBES
Featuring work by Heather Barnett, Anna Dumitriu, ecoLogicStudio, Patrick Hickey, Simon Park, Sarah Roberts, Urban Morphogenesis Lab and the ASCUS Lab.

As we go about our daily business we are surrounded by vast colonies of microorganisms, thriving communities existing largely out of sight. They may be small, yet in terms of impact and numbers, they represent the predominate form of life on earth. Menagerie of Microbes brings together the work of artists, designers and scientists who share a passion for these complex organisms, which exist in and around us.
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CO2_LIVE
Daniel Budinov, Patrick Hickey, James Howie, Jim Jack, Ryan Lewis, Adam Linson and Iain Robinson.

CO2_Live is a new collaborative work that incorporates a Carbon Dioxide sensor, situated next to the street, connected to LED panels displaying the real time CO2 levels at the top floor of Summerhall’s TechCube. CO2_Live connects to multiple carbon dioxide monitoring stations around the world and is an interactive work allowing the viewers to select via Twitter (using @CO2_Live and #CO2_Live) which CO2 data is displayed.

ASCUS Internship

ASCUS Art & Science is a non-profit volunteer organisation and comprises a network of artists and scientists committed to the practice of collaboration between each discipline. ASCUS collaborates with a wide range of individuals, groups and institutions interested in the art science intersection and in art science collaborative practice, science communication, and trans-disciplinary research. This is an extremely exciting time …

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Artists in the Field

Artists in the Field Artists in the Field is a new ASCUS initiative placing artists as scientific fieldwork assistants. With Artists in the Field, ASCUS aims to break down the barriers between disciplines, creating time, space and opportunity for artists and scientists to be immersed in each other’s practices. The initiative provides the opportunity for artists to be involved in …

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Transmissions Exhibition, Tent Gallery

Transmissions is an exhibition of artworks that have been created during our micro-residency earlier this year at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (CIIE). Having returned to Edinburgh from LifeSpace, the exhibition was showcased Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art in November 2015. Scroll down to view documentation of the work produced during the residency. About the micro-residency The …

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Atopic Art at the Dundee Science Festival 2015

About the project ‘Atopic Art: Expressions of eczema’ is a partnership project between ASCUS Art & Science, Dr Sarah Brown and Eczema Outreach Scotland. The project first began in early 2015 with ASCUS commissioning artists Trevor Gordon and Josie Valley to deliver participatory workshops to families affected by eczema at venues across Scotland. From these workshops, and through further consultation …

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PCR Testing in ASCUS Lab

ASCUS Lab experiments with Dr Barry Denholm and working group, piloting some DNA amplification in the lab using our PCR* machines donated via the University of Edinburgh’s Sustainability Department. *The polymerase chain reaction (PCR) is a technology in molecular biology used to amplify a single copy or a few copies of a piece of DNA across several orders of magnitude, …

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Transmissions at Tent Gallery

OPENING RECEPTION: 5-8pm, Thurs 26th Nov Conversation/Discussion Event: 5-6pm (booking via Eventbrite) Speakers: ASCUS, Jo Hodges, Robbie Coleman and Anne Milne Admission: FREE Drinks reception: 6-8pm (booking not required) Where: Tent Gallery, Art, Space + Nature Studio, Edinburgh College of Art, EH1 2LE Transmissions is an exhibition of artworks that have been created during our micro-residency earlier this year at the Centre for …

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Where Science meets the Arts

ASCUS presents Where science meets the arts: Memory, Mental Time Travel and the Moustachio Quartet a public event with invited speakers Nicola Clayton and Clive Wilkins, Department of Psychology, University of Cambridge. Here are are few photos to see how the event went… They met on a dance floor… and are co-founders of ‘The Captured Thought’, an arts/science collaboration that …

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Book Swap Library @ Summerhall for Scottish Book Week 2015

Book Week Scotland is a week-long celebration of books and reading that takes place every November. This year Book Week Scotland 2015 will take place from Monday 23 – Sunday 29 November 2015 and ASCUS is participating by hosting the Book Swap Library at Summerhall all week from 11:00 – 18:00. Come and swap your books for free at Summerhall! The principle of the ASCUS …

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Art, Design & Antimicrobial Resistance

Over January to March this year artists Mark Doyle, Robbie Colman, Jo Hodges and Anne Milne participated in our CIIE micro-residency each spending fourteen days at the centre producing work in response to their there. This showcase of work debuted at the Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015 and had since toured to LifeSpace Dundee as part of Transmissions: Exploring the …

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