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


Thursday 04 October 2012, 4.00 – 5.30 pm

Seminar Room 1.18, Evolution House, Edinburgh College of Art

ASCUS is delighted to announce an October event to celebrate the closing of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ exhibition at the Tent Gallery (ECA) featuring artist and ESRC Genomics Forum Bright Ideas Fellow, Dr Deborah Robinson. Dr. Robinson will share her experience of art science collaboration and introduce her latest project ‘Malaria Triptych’ in a presentation followed by an open discussion. There will be an opportunity to join us in a viewing of the ‘Welcome to the Jungle’ exhibition at the Tent gallery.

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, Berlin. Deborah is involved in a long term collaboration with the Marine Biology and Ecology Research Group, Plymouth, and she is also working with scientists at the Institute of Biology, Leiden on a project that uses artistic response to explore biological categorisation and the use of specimens and models in theories of evolutionary development.

www.deborah-robinson.net
www.plymouth.ac.uk/research/madr

Malaria Triptych

Deborah has been awarded Arts Council funding for the project ‘Malaria Triptych’. In collaboration with scientists at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute she is creating an experimental digital artwork that explores cutting edge research into malaria. The artwork will explore biological imperatives, interactions, and consequences, through using artistic methods that de-stabilise the centrality of the human viewpoint. There will be a focus on adaptability and survival mechanism of a parasite that is both beautiful, but also mutable and destructive of human lives and economies.
The artwork will be exhibited at a range of UK venues.

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