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

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.

Contextualising Biotechnological Artifacts

On Friday 19th of January in partnership with UK Centre for Mammalian Synthetic Biology, ASCUS is delighted to present Contextualising Biotechnological Artifacts – a talk by renowed bio artists Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr. Vessels of Care and Control: Prototypes of Compustcubator & Hivecubator 2016 Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr in collaboration with Mike Bianco Contextualising Biotechnological Artifacts 6:30-8:30pm, Fri …

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The Heart Explored: Form & Function

On Saturday 27th of January we are delighted to be joined again in ASCUS Lab by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Rebecca Wafer, Teodora Aldea and Emmanouil Solomonidis, who will share different aspects of their research at the The British Heart Foundation Centre of Research Excellence at the University of Edinburgh. The Heart Explored: Form & Function 4pm-7pm, Sat 27th Jan …

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Beyond the Naked Eye | Jan-Feb 2018

Beyond the Naked Eye Microscopy Beginners Course 6.30pm – 9.00pm, Tuesdays, 30th Jan – 27th Feb 2018 Experience new ways of creating striking images by venturing into the unseen world of microscopy, exploring different samples and staining techniques through the medium of light. ASCUS Lab is equipped with a wide range of microscopes that have a variety of microscopy techniques, …

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Microscopy Skills Workshops

Are you interested in accessing our ASCUS Lab Open Sessions to work with microscopes? Then why now check out these slide making workshops to get you set up with the basic skills you need to make your very own slides! You can take just one or both of these workshops whether you are interested in exploring the natural colours and …

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ASCUS Lab Microscopy Induction

One way to access our Open Sessions is to come along to one of our themed lab inductions. Our inductions currently cover two different themes, microscopy and microbiology, so let us know which one you are interested in attending and we can arrange to run one for you. More about our Microscopy Induction Our microscopy induction is for anyone interested …

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ASCUS Lab Microbiology Induction

One way to access our Open Sessions is to come along to one of our themed lab inductions. Our inductions currently cover two different themes, microscopy and microbiology, so let us know which one you are interested in attending and we can arrange to run one for you. More about our Microbiology Induction Our microbiology induction is for anyone interested …

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Featured Open Session – with Guest Cardiovascular Science Researchers

For our ASCUS Lab Open Session on Saturday the 21st of October we are delighted to announce that we will be joined by cardiovascular science PhD researchers Rebecca Wafer, Teodora Aldea and Emmanouil Solomonidis, who will spend the afternoon with us sharing and doing live demos of the research that they do at BHF Centre of Research Excellence at the …

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The Greenhouse Gas Exchange

This October ASCUS is delighted to be partnering with the Greenhouse gAs Uk and Global Emissions (GAUGE) project to bring you ASCUS Lab’s very first Greenhouse Gas Exchange event for creative practitioners. The Greenhouse Gas Exchange is a day long interactive event for creative practitioners interested in meeting current researchers involved in the GAUGE project. This is an opportunity for …

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Exxpedition 2017 | A Life in Plastic

Photo courtesy of eXXpedition 2017 eXXpedition – MAKING THE UNSEEN SEEN eXXpedition is a series of all women voyages to make the unseen seen, from the toxics in our body to the toxics in our seas. Since 7th August 2017 eXXpedition has been circumnavigating Great Britain on board S.V. Sea Dragon stopping for events along the way. At ASCUS we …

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Featured Open Session – with Guest Neuroscience Researcher Jemma Pilcher

Ever asked yourself how does your brain work? This question has been puzzling scientists for centuries and will probably continue to do so far into the future. However, there is plenty we do know about the inner workings of the brain. We know the brain is made up of different regions which connect and communicate with each other, and together …

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