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Welcome back to ASCUS! We want to take a moment to share our COVID journey with you as we move into a new phase of development for ASCUS. Since the 18th of March 2020, our small team has been hit hard by COVID and the associated restrictions on our work. Over successive lockdowns, we have remained responsive and open where …

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The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures

We are delighted to announce here The Rooted Sea: Halophytic Futures, a brand new interdisciplinary project. Work on this project will be taking place across the coming months leading up to it’s very first showcase in October this year, as part of Driving the Human – a catalyst for experimentation, shaping sustainable and collective futures that combine science, technology, and …

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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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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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ASCUS Art & Science 2019 Wrap Up

After a rewarding Christmas break, we’d like to reflect on an exciting year. 760 of you visited ASCUS Lab for a variety of purposes last year. We are grateful you chose to spend time with us in 2019. Here’s what we got up to in 2019. Art & Science on a Postcard & Festival of Creative Learning In January and …

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G Lands: An Out of Body Experience, An Artist Residency @ The Centre for Regenerative Medicine

Osirus, the Egyptian God of the afterlife and the human salivary gland, unrelated entities? Not to Artist Emily Fong. Emily is completing an artist residency in Emmerson Lab in the Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), University of Edinburgh led by Dr. Elaine Emmerson. Seeing a human organ outside the body undergoing research in a laboratory has been inspiring and thought-provoking …

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ArtSci Postcards from Midlothian

This October, along with InterSci, we took our Art & Science on a Postcard workshop to Midlothian Science Festival and the community of Dalkeith over two Saturdays. With Dalkeith Arts Centre as our base,  we brought together cancer researchers, art psychotherapists, quantum biologists, multidisciplinary artists, linguists, neuroscientists, crafters and collagists based in Midlothian and Edinburgh for some tea and chat …

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E-NUMBERS System Reinvented: A Micro Food Library by Artist Sneha Solanki

You’ve heard of ‘E numbers’? Probably more when you were younger when they were vilified by parents as something to avoid to curb your intake of candy. E numbers are indeed what contributed to your gummy bears being that particular shade of orange. They are codes displayed on food labels for EU approved additives which contribute to our food’s taste, …

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Snow Day in September in ASCUS Lab

The first Saturday in September was an early ‘snow day’ in ASCUS Lab, in true ASCUS style. In the first workshop of its kind, Snow Shift: Reimagining Snow Data, we aimed to shift the perspective on snow. We welcomed twelve artists and designers, snow scientists Prof Richard Essery and Dr. Cecile Menard from the University of Edinburgh and visual artist …

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