Metamorphosis | 2019 Edinburgh Science Festival Exhibition

Launch Special Event: Fri 5th April | 6.30 -8.30pm

Exhibition Sat 6th April–Sun 19th May (Not Mon & Tues) | 11am–6pm

Metamorphosis explores the Anthropocene connecting it to the fashion world, the environment and biotechnology. It explores what the status of us as humans is now after centuries of engineering the environment around us.

Co curated by Summerhall Visual Arts and ASCUS Art & Science our contemporary exhibition showcases new work of local and international artists Louise MackenzieRussell BeardStephen Kavanagh and Aurélie Fontan for whom ASCUS Lab has been instrumental in their respective practices. Each artist is showcasing their own works with a connecting theme of exploring raw materiality.

Image courtesy of Louise Mackenzie
Metamorphosis Exhibiting Artists

Aurelie Fontan

Tensegrity: Corner Gallery

Image courtesy of Aurelie Fontan

What is the fashion of the future? Upcoming designer Aurélie Fontan created her own 100% degradable fabric from specialty tea, Kombucha. Her Edinburgh College of Art graduate collection Tensegrity demonstrates the combination of craft and technology based on science imagery and disciplines.

Russell Beard and Stephen Kavanagh

Frag’mɛnt (Terra Non-Firma): Meadows Galleries

Image courtesy of Russell Beard

Emerging from the social, geopolitical and environmental uncertainty of the ‘Anthropocene’ time period – Frag’mɛnt (Terra Non-Firma) brings together two recent recipients of Lateral Lab’s Robert Callender International Residency for Young Artists, Russell Beard and Stephen Kavanagh. In this joint exhibition, they explore the space between order and chaos, growth and disintegration. The series of sculptural works charts the artists’ ongoing experimentation with raw materiality. Image: Stephen Kavanagh

Presented by Summerhall, ASCUS Art & Science and Lateral Lab

Louise Mackenzie

Pithos: One Possible Story of Our Lively Material: Sciennes Gallery

Image courtesy of Louise Mackenzie

Visual artist Louise Mackenzie reimagines the myth of Pandora for a biotechnical era in this exhibition of her works. Following three years of research with the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University and ASCUS Lab at Summerhall, Mackenzie delves into film and participatory performance and uses her experience of genetically modifying E. coli bacteria to confront issues of care and control.


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