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:
Thursday 31st March, Friday 8th April, Friday 22nd April, Friday 6th May

Image © Heather Dewey-Hagborg

Bio and Beyond Exhibition programme

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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.

Jill Scott: Co-Director – Artists in Labs

Monday 6 May 2013, 4.00 – 5.00 pm QMRI, Queens Medical Research Institute, Mary Kinross Room A talk as part of the Science and Art: Exemplars Collaborations and Interdisciplinarity talk series, brought to you by Edinburgh College of Art’s Art, Space and Nature Programme and ASCUS. Jill Scott is Co-Director of Artists in Labs and Vice Director at Z-Node PhD …

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Imagining Natural Scotland: Information Session Edinburgh

Wednesday 17 April 2013, 5.45 – 8.30 pm Platform 21, Creative Scotland, 2-4 Waterloo Place, Edinburgh ASCUS will be presenting this Wednesday at the Imagining Natural Scotland information session in Edinburgh. The event is about how to strengthen, or even to start, your Imagining Natural Scotland funding applications. It will also be a great opportunity to network and meet others …

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2013 Science Festival: [E]laborate with ASCUS

ASCUS is proud to present the first ASCUS Lab in Edinburgh: [E]laborate Saturday 6 April 2013, 1.30 – 4.30 pm Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh ASCUS [E]laborate takes us back to the origins of the word laboratory, providing an opportunity to get involved with active, hands-on, art science interactions and collaborations The first …

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2013 Science Festival: ASCUS Exhibition at the City Art Centre

23 March – 6 April 2013 This year, ASCUS is proud to present a series of work at the City Art Centre for the Edinburgh International Science Festival. The artwork sits alongside the interactive displays that EISF present each year at the City Art Centre, and shows off what can be achieved when artists and scientists collaborate. The work in …

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Science Festival 2013: Conflict of Interest

Tent Gallery Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh 23 March – 6 April 2013 An exhibition at the Tent Galley in collaboration with The Clipperton Project and series of three Saturday events at the space. ‘Conflict of Interest’ looks at aspects of art and science interactions with the help of members of The Clipperton Project (TCP) …

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Malaria: An Art Science Collaboration. An Evening with Dr Deborah Robinson

Dr. Deborah Robinson Deborah Robinson is an artist who collaborates with scientists, technologists, and artists to make experimental video and sound installations. She is Associate Professor (Reader) in Contemporary Art Practice, University of Plymouth. Previous projects have included collaborations with Bath Biosciences and Biochemistry; Egenis, Exeter University; and a fellowship at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science, …

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Welcome to the Jungle

Friday 21 September – Thursday 4 October 2012 Tent Gallery, Evolution House, 78 West Port, Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh Artist: Catriona Gilbert An exhibition supported by ASCUS and curated by Inbal Drue. The Exhibition explores themes such as camouflage, masks, mythology, mating behaviour and mate selection through photography, drawing and installation.

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