Syncrasy | WE BEGAN AS PART OF THE BODY | Exhibition

Syncrasy is a contemporary art exhibition co-curated by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science. We Began as Part of the Body by Beverley Hood, a series of works that play with scale to capture the fleeting lifespan of living cells, is one of three exhibitions presented at Summerhall, for the 2021 Science Festival, by artists working across the fields of art, science and technology.

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and Science

Read more about Syncrasy here

Beverley Hood

We began as part of the body: War Memorial Gallery

Images courtesy of Beverley Hood

Immerse yourself in a series of artworks that reflect complex human and ethical questions about our relationship between the body, science and technology. Inspired by the eczema genetic research laboratory of Prof Sara Brown, artist Beverley Hood’s experimental exhibition tells a story as seen from the point of view of the artificial skin cells, leading you through the cells journey, during their short, precious, three week long ‘in-vitro’ life from operating theatre to lab, and finally to disposal. These works are presented as a video projection, 3D prints and Augmented Reality App, alongside science engagement and historical materials.

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art and Science

Funded by Creative Scotland’s Open Fund, The Wellcome Trust, Arts & Ethics Research Group, Centre for Data, Culture & Society, and the University of Edinburgh.

We began as part of the body: AR Artwork

‘We began as part of the body…’ is an AR artwork by Beverley Hood, published with ASCUS Art & Science. Inspired by the eczema genetic research laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, it combines microscopy, digital LIDAR and electromagnetic scanning to create an augmented reality experience of the digitally captured lab. Narrated by a speech synthesis voice-over, the App tells the story of the organotypic, artificial skin cells, during their short, precious, three weeks long, ‘in-vitro’ life
Use the app to scan your floor, then place the AR artwork on the ground. Move around to explore the digital lab. Best experienced using headphones.
 
Credits:
Written and Directed – Beverley Hood
AR App Development – Liminal Studios
Sound Design – Zoë Irving
Lidar Scans – Asad Khan
Heather Voice – CereProc

Thanks:
Paul Appleton, Hemal Bodasing, Mike Boyd, Professor Sara Brown, Centre for Biomedicine, Self & Society, Martina Elias, James Howie, Tayside tissue bank, Tissue imaging facility (University of Dundee), Ucreate Lab, Miriam Walsh, Sheila Wright.

The artwork was funded by the Arts & Ethics Research Group, Wellcome Trust, Creative Scotland, Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh.

We Began as Part of the Body:
Beverley Hood Artist Talk

When: Saturday 26th June, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Where: Online via Youtube
Tickets: FREE, donations welcome, booking essential
Audience: Ages 14+

This event will be a recorded discussion about how bodies are imagined, visualised and made audible using bio-medical data. This event will feature artist Beverley Hood in conversation with dermatologist Professor Sara Brown as they explore how the ‘We began as part of the body‘ artwork evolved in the lab and beyond, using microscopy, 3D modelling, speech synthesis, and immersive technologies.

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