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

Images courtesy of Sonia Mehra Chawla


Film in high definition with sound

Single channel
Duration: 15 minutes and 45 seconds

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.

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

Vital to Life | In Conversation Event

When: Friday 2nd July, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Where: Online via Zoom
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome, booking essential
Audience: Ages 14+

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This is a live screening of an excerpt from the artist film ‘Vital to Life’, followed by a conversation with Sonia Mehra Chawla, Professor Colin Moffat, former Chief Scientific Advisor Marine, Scottish Government, 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 this film, and unpick the different questions underpinning Sonia’s work. Hear from the artist herself as she asks ‘Can humans and other species continue to inhabit the Earth together?

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