Bioverse | Black Box | Exhibition

Opening the door on the inner workings of scientific research, BLACK BOX is a curatorial cinema project, founded by artist, Louise Mackenzie and scientist, Kasia Pirog in 2019.  Curating film inspired by and expanding upon scientific themes, BLACK BOX showcases works by artists and researchers involved in a creative and critical engagement with science. Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science are proud to present BLACK BOX as part of Bioverse, a series of three contemporary art exhibitions.

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Black Box

Louise Mackenzie

For Edinburgh Science Festival, BLACK BOX presents a 120 minute programme of 11 short films on the theme of KINSHIP. Focusing on the different forms of relation that begin with the body, from viral and cellular interactions to the familial relationships affected by genetic disease, these films allow us to contemplate the revolutions of life through our relationships to both human and non-human beings. Including award-winning films from artists, Karen Kramer and Jacqueline Donachie, KINSHIP asks what is the extent of our relationships with other bodies (human and otherwise)? How do we relate to the cells and viruses that comprise our body? How do scientists relate to patients and how do patients relate to others? Who or what connects us, who is host and who is guest?

BLACK BOX is supported by the Cultural Negotiation of Science, Northumbria University and the Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 8th April 2022| 18:00 – 21:00| Summerhall Gallery Bar| Drop in
Opening times: Saturday 9th April 2022 – Thursday 9 June 2022|Wed – Sun| 12:00 – 18:00
Running time: 120 minutes | Individual film durations vary | View Programme

Where: 1, Summerhall, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PL | Corner Gallery
Tickets: Drop in | FREE, donations welcome
Audience: 12+
Guidance: Some films contain scenes that some viewers may find uncomfortable. Whilst there is no age specific content guidance, and viewing of all films is at the discretion of parents.

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science

Black Box 

Louise Mackenzie Artist Talk

When: Saturday 9th April 2022| 14:30 – 15:30
Where: 1, Summerhall, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PL | Anatomy Lecture Theatre
Tickets: Drop in | FREE, donations welcome
Audience: Ages 12+

Co-founder and curator of pop-up cinema experience, BLACK BOX, artist Louise Mackenzie and an invited guest will give a talk on the inspiration behind the BLACK BOX programme. 

Louise Mackenzie is a British artist, curator and writer. Her research explores human relationships with the material and nonhuman world through process-based and participatory art practice. She is founder and curator of interdisciplinary cinema, Black Box, co-founder of Alive Together, an interdisciplinary community for research in human/animal relationships and a post-doctoral researcher at Newcastle University’s Hub for Biotechnology in the Built Environment. Her artwork encompasses film, sound and sculpture and her works, The Stars Beneath Our Feet, Zone of Inhibition and Lively Material have been exhibited in the UK, USA, Canada, China and Australia. 

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