Entanglements of Time and Tide | VITAL TO LIFE

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 ‘Vital to Life’ 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. ‘Entanglements of Time and Tide’ is the result of a two-year period of research facilitated by Edinburgh Printmakers and supported by a research fellowship from MarineScotland.

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

VITAL TO LIFE

Film in high definition with sound

Single channel
Duration: 15 minutes and 45 seconds
2020

In her film, ‘Vital to Life ’, part of a larger series of works, ‘Drifters and Wanderers, Sonia Mehra Chawla works with archival historical slides and samples from the North Sea. Filmed almost entirely through microscopes, these works make the invisible world of microorganisms visible, revealing hidden worlds lying beyond the scope of the human eye, while imagining an oceanic worldview of entangled histories and symbiotic relationships.

Images courtesy of Sonia Mehra Chawla
The full film will be available to watch online on this page during the 2021 Edinburgh Art Festival and to coincide with the launch of the in person exhibition at Edinburgh Printmakers which opens on the 4th August

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Sonia Mehra Chawla’s film ‘Vital to Life’ is part of a larger series of works, ‘Drifters and Wanderers’ that explores the hidden, mysterious and wondrous world of microorganisms in the world’s oceans and water bodies, imagining an oceanic worldview of entangled histories and symbiotic relationships.The film has been realized within the framework of ‘Entanglements of Time & Tide’, 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.

Our planet depends on the vitality of the ocean to support and sustain it. Polluted, overfished and threatened by extractive forces, the largest living space on Earth is rapidly declining. Human-induced environmental change threatens multi-species endurance, live-ability and continuity. We are all interconnected by shared ecologies and entanglements with our other than human kin makes life possible. Can humans and other species continue to inhabit the Earth together? Working with archival historical slides and samples from the North Sea, and filmed almost entirely through microscopes, ‘Vital to Life’ and ‘Drifters and Wanderers’ make the invisible world of microorganisms visible, revealing hidden worlds lying beyond the scope of the human eye.

The series ‘Vital to Life’ and ‘Drifters and Wanderers’ is the result of intensive International Art & Science residencies, and long-term collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science, Edinburgh, Marine Scotland and Edinburgh Printmakers.

The historical slides for ‘Vital to Life’ are courtesy of Mr Colin Sanderson, Artiscience Library, Summerhall, Edinburgh.

‘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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