Catalysing Creativity | Sciennes Place

‘Catalysing Creativity: Stories of Change’ is a new digital exhibition curated by ASCUS Art & Science presented as part of the 2021 Science Festival, highlighting molecular science and artistic approaches as a lens through which to investigate the concept of change and the interconnectivity of people and our planet

Presented by ASCUS Art and Science in partnership with ScotCHEM

Read more about ‘Catalysing Creativity: Stories of Change’ here

Honza Turnovsky and Dr Amanda Jarvis

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Image courtesy of Honza Turnovsky

Honza Turnovsky and Dr Amanda Jarvis began their collaboration visualising the proteins Amanda works on, through drawing, which they subsequently formed from clay. Using these visual models Amanda described her research, which brings inactive proteins to life by introducing reactive metal complexes into its structure. This sparked a memory for Honza of a story about Golem, a man made of clay by Jewish mystic, Rabi Loew and ‘activated’ by a magic formula known as ‘Shem’. The pair became fascinated by how the theme of activation manifests in different forms and connects their practices and processes.

Presented here are cyanotypes, printmaking and ceramic objects that use visual storytelling techniques as a device to create new points of access to Amanda’s research and questioning, what are the implications of unnatural activation of dormant powers in science and culture?

The full online exhibition will be available to view online on this page for the duration of the 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival which runs 26th Jun – 11th Jul

Honza Turnovsky:
Dr Amanda Jarvis:

Image courtesy of
Honza Turnovsky

Catalysing Creativity
Discussion Event

When: Monday 28th June, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Where: Online via Youtube
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome, booking essential
Audience: Ages 14+

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‘Catalysing Creativity’ discussion event aims to shed a light on the process of art-science collaboration. What are the conversations that underpin cross disciplinary collaboration and what insight does this work bring to our understanding of the complex world in which we live? Come along to this event to hear from the artists and scientists directly involved in the creation of these new bodies of work. Created in a time before our lives were thrust into a global pandemic, what insights can the process reveal about how our lives and the way we live have fundamentally changed.

‘Catalysing Creativity’ comprises two creative commissions supported by ScotCHEM in collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science, and in partnership with researchers at The University of Edinburgh and Heriot Watt University.

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