Entanglements of Time and Tide | THE NON HUMAN TOUCH

Entanglements of Time and Tide, is an artistic engagement, by India based artist Sonia Mehra Chawla, with the North Sea and its tidal zones, presented by ASCUS Art & Science as part of the 2021 Edinburgh Science Festival.

The film ‘The Non-Human Touch’ presented here is the result of an intensive International Art & Science residency (in 2019) in ASCUS Lab and a long-term collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science Edinburgh. Through this film Sonia Mehra Chawla advocates for live-able collaborations, and rethinking bacteria as partners in health, endurance and survival of all living beings.

This project with Sonia is part of a broader programme of work which aims to highlight lab based science and artistic approaches as a lens through which to explore and investigate, the interconnectedness of all living things both human and non human.

Read more about Entanglements of Time and Tide here

Images courtesy of Sonia Mehra Chawla

THE NON HUMAN TOUCH

WHAT VALUES CAN EMERGE FROM RUINED LANDSCAPE?

Film in high definition with sound, single channel

Duration: 45 minutes
2020-21

“As contamination changes world-making projects, mutual worlds—and new directions—may emerge.” – Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing

‘In the Anthropocene, noticing and observing microbial worlds is more essential than ever. Human bodies are ‘nested’ ecosystems and should no longer be perceived as fortresses to shield and defend against microbial onslaught.’ In her latest film, Sonia Mehra Chawla advocates for live-able collaborations, and rethinking bacteria as partners in health, endurance and survival of all living beings.

Watch the trailer here…



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

The Non-Human Touch | In Conversation Event

When: Wednesday 30th June, 6:00-7:00pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome, booking essential
Audience: Ages 14+

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This event is a live screening of the film teaser, followed by a conversation between the artist and Miriam Walsh, ASCUS managing director and curator, and a live Q&A. Join us as we delve into the process of the making of these films, and unpick the different questions underpinning Sonia’s work. Hear from the artist herself as she asks ‘What constitutes life? Who gets to determine what lives are created and grown, which are saved, exploited or destroyed and what are the possibilities and limitations of working with other-than-human lives?

‘Entanglements of Time & Tide’, is a research based art-science engagement project by Sonia Mehra Chawla that explores the North Sea and its tidal zones in their ecological, cultural, political, economic, and poetic capacity. ‘Entanglements of Time & Tide’ is supported by Edinburgh printmakers, Marine Scotland, Marine Laboratory of the Scottish Government in Aberdeen, ASCUS Art & Science, Edinburgh and Creative Scotland.

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