ASCUS at the 2022 Edinburgh Science Festival

Bioverse | Summerhall Exhibition

Bioverse is a contemporary visual arts exhibition co-curated by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. Experience the work of visual artists Emily Fong and Sonia Mehra Chawla, and curator Louise Mackenzie through a series of exhibitions that explore and make visible the dynamic biological revolutions within our natural world.

Featured exhibitions focus on interactions between microbes, humans and the biodiversity of our internal and external ecosystems. Follow the journey depicting how behind the scenes human to human collaborations are vital to our healthcare systems and the scientific research involved in treating and better understanding disease. Immersive installations bring into focus the unseen microbes and plant life that our invaluable coastal wetlands rely on to continue their vital function as carbon sinks, while a range of themes including co-existence, collaboration, regeneration and our deeply intertwined relationship with the microbial world are explored in a series of films by artists, animators, filmmakers and scientists.

Details

Exhibition launch: Friday 8th April 2022 | 18:00 – 21:00 | Summerhall Gallery Bar | Drop in
Opening dates|Times: 9th April – 9 June 2022|Wed -Sun 12:00 – 18:00
Where: Summerhall, 1 Summerhall Pl, Edinburgh
Bookings|Price: Drop in|FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 14+ (please see individual exhibition information below)

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science

Bioverse Exhibitions

G-lands: An out of body experience

Although a lifesaving treatment for head and neck cancer, radiotherapy damages salivary glands. Emily Fong‘s work gives insight into the journey the salivary gland takes from the patient to Dr Elaine Emmerson‘s laboratory. How incredible that a surgeon, scientist, artist or member of the public can engage with someone else’s organ. 

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Black Box

Opening the door on the inner workings of scientific research, Black Box is a curated programme of film works inspired by and expanding upon scientific themes, from artists and researchers involved in a creative and critical engagement with science. Black Box is founded by artist, Louise Mackenzie and scientist, Kasia Pirog.

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The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures

Exploring the fragile and endangered coastal ecosystems and wetland habitats of India and Scotland, Sonia Mehra Chawla builds a stronger understanding of the role halophytic plants, micro-organisms and carbon sinks play, as part of the climate change story and changing the global landscapes of our planet.

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Artist Talks

G-lands: An out of body experience
Emily Fong

When: Saturday 9th April | 13:00 – 14:00
Where: Summerhall|Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Drop in|FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 14+
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The Black Box
Louise Mackenzie

When: Saturday 9th April | 14:30 – 15:30
Where: Summerhall|Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Drop in|FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 14+
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The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures
Sonia Mehra Chawla

When: Saturday 16th April, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: Register here | FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 14+
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