Monday 24, April 2017

Parallel Perspectives – How it Went

Why scientists work with artists…

From 4th April to 22nd May 2015, ASCUS Art & Science took over the Lower Church Galleries Summerhall, to present Parallel Perspectives part of the Edinburgh International Science Festival, How the Light Gets In, showcasing new works that intertwine art and science. The exhibition featured work from our recent art-science micro-residency at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution, University of Edinburgh and from our previous micro-residency at the Chamberlain lab, University of Strathclyde. We also invited London based art-science initiative Art Neuro.

The resulting works were produced directly from artists and scientists spending time together, looking at different facets of science ranging from pathogens and disease to Huntington’s disease and neuroscience, all explored through the visual arts. What emerged from these working relationships is exciting and thought-provoking, aiming to provide fresh insight into the world of cutting edge scientific research.

Check out the this video, from the launch night of EISF 2015 and find out what scientists from the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evoution (CIIE) say about their experiences working with artists. Thanks to Pedro Vale, Luke McNally, Laura Politt, Sam Rund from CIIE.

Scroll down to read more about why ASCUS thinks combining art and science is the way forward…

Film by Diego Almazan de Pablo, Interviews by Emily Grieve

Why Art & Science?

At ASCUS we are passionate about art-science collaboration, bringing work created in this context to new and wider audiences. Our programme of activities include residencies, exhibitions, workshops and talks that bring the two fields together. Running art-science residencies creates a platform for artists and scientists to work together. Creative thinking is a process that both artists and scientists share and over the course of our projects artists and scientists have the opportunity to exchange perspectives and practices in an attempt to look at new ways of understanding and exploring the world we live in.

‘Working with the artists has been very dynamic – Jo Hodges and Robbie Coleman in particular highlighted that what they do is not just create representations of things, but look for ideas, and then try and communicate those ideas in new ways. I’ve found looking at our own work and the questions we ask in new ways to be exciting – and in some ways, it has allowed us to rediscover the adventure and curiosity in what drew us to our own research questions in the first place’
– Liam Brierley, Centre for Immunity Infection and Evolution (CIIE)