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.

We Began as Part of the Body

An augmented reality and filmic experience inspired by eczema skin genetic research Image courtesy of the artist   We first met Beverley Hood in early 2017, when she participated in our Atopic Art Micro-Residency. Embarking on a residency period of 20 days, immersed in the skin genetic research at Brown Lab led by Professor Sara Brown, we didn’t know what …

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COVID-19 Update

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Beyond the Naked Eye: Microscopy Beginners Course 2020

*Update: We regret to announce that due to the current public health crisis, Beyond the Naked Eye: Microscopy Beginners Course 2020 has been postponed to an unconfirmed date. Keep an eye out for updates.* Go deeper into the hidden microscopic world through lens and light in this 4-week skills course. Beyond the Naked Eye 2020 Beginners Microscopy Course 6.30 pm …

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Find – Grow – See: Microbiology Skills Course 2020

*Update: We regret to announce that due to the current public health crisis, Find – Grow – See: Microbiology Skills Course 2020 has been postponed to an unconfirmed date. Keep an eye out for updates.* Did you know this is more life in a drop of puddle water or a single gram of soil than there are people on the …

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Zoom In-Explore-Reveal: Microscopy & Microbiology Summer School 2020

*Update: We regret to announce that due to the current public health crisis, Zoom In-Explore-Reveal: Microscopy & Microbiology Summer School 2020 has been postponed to an unconfirmed date. Keep an eye out for updates.* Incorporating content from our microbiology and microscopy skills courses devised into one immersive summer course, join us and gain completely unique skills to explore the micro …

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POSTPONED: Syncrasy | 2020 Edinburgh Science Festival Exhibition

*Update 18.03.20: We regret to announce that due to the current public health crisis, Edinburgh Science Festival 2020 has been canceled and our associated exhibition, Syncrasy postponed to an unconfirmed date. Keep an eye out for updates.* Experience the work of visual artists Beverley Hood, Victoria Evans and Sneha Solanki, working across the fields of art, science and technology. This series of exhibitions …

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ASCUS + ScotCHEM ⇌ Catalysing Creativity Artists Announced

Announcing an exciting new art-science commission in partnership with ScotCHEM, a collaboration of Scotland’s university chemistry departments. Since 2019, ASCUS Art & Science and ScotCHEM have been working together on a project for artists and designers to gain exclusive access to Scotland wide cutting edge chemistry research. We hosted a successful networking/knowledge exchange event, Catalysing Creativity with ScotCHEM in June …

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Art & Science on a Postcard 2020

Brought to you by ASCUS Art & Science and InterSci in collaboration with the Festival of Creative Learning 2020 and Forest Cafe, Art & Science on a Postcard is a networking and hands-on workshop for artists and scientists to exchange knowledge and ideas and get creative with science. Art & Science on a Postcard 2020 What happens when 5 artists …

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Biofabricating Frankenstein’s tales: Talk by Oron Catts

We are delighted to welcome renowned bio artist Oron Catts for an exclusive talk about his fascination with tissue engineering and regenerative biology and his project focusing on the story of Frankenstein. Image credit: Vessels of Care and Control -the Compostubator (2019) by the Tissue Culture & Art Project (Oron Catts and Ionat Zurr) Biofabricating Frankenstein’s Tales Artist and Scientist …

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