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Thursday, 28 September 2017 - 10:00am
Celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s On Growth and Form, the School of Life Sciences, University of Dundee, presents an outside exhibition with works by artist Andy Lomas inspired by their shared view on the “perfection of mathematical beauty”. Lomas’ works are the result of an exploration of natural processes of growth; these generative forms relate closely to the research carried out at the School of Life Sciences.
This exhibition reveals how the simulated structures resonate with today’s research in biology, physics and chemistry. These “spheres of action” visualise growth, much like the active particles that can be seen in the renders by Dr Rastko Sknepnek. In this project, Sknepnek was asked to comment on what the forms of Lomas’ works might convey. Thoughts from Sknepnek and D’Arcy Thompson are combined to show the interaction between forces in science as well in as art.
Thursday, 21 September 2017 - 5:00pm
LifeSpace Curator Sarah Cook, Museum Services Curator Matthew Jarron, artist Andy Lomas, artist Mat Fleming, scientist Rastko Sknepnek
Please join us for the Preview and Exhibition Tour of bubble, bulge, bleb
As part of a year-long programme celebrating the centenary of D’Arcy Thompson’s extraordinary book On Growth & Form (1917), LifeSpace present an exhibition of spirals, spheres and waves in art inspired by naturally occurring mathematical forms and computer-generated abstractions.
Drawn from the University of Dundee’s collections, the exhibition features mathematical models of complex biological systems alongside work by artists including Mat Fleming, Andy Lomas, Wilhelmina Barns-Graham, Daniel Brown, Victor Pasmore and graduates from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design.
bubble, bulge, bleb continues with artworks by Daniel Brown and Andy Lomas in Centrespace which is located in DJCAD's Visual Research Centre on the lower levels of Dundee Contemporary Arts. The exhibition in Centrespace runs from 22 September - 28 October 2017.
Monday, 26 June 2017 - 5:00pm
Please join us at the Preview event for our new exhibition Beyond Skin. During the preview we will host a tour with the participating artists, scientists and curators. All welcome.
Beyond Skin is an exhibition of contemporary art that explores the life and science behind atopic eczema, considering the challenging symptoms that people live with every day and the investigations into the unseen and human side of skin genetic research.
Featuring interactive and reflective works of art for all ages by artists Gordon Douglas, Trevor Gordon, Beverley Hood and Josie Vallely, and presented with objects from the collections of the University of Dundee. The exhibition draws on participatory workshops with Eczema Outreach Scotland and current research taking place in the laboratory led by Prof Sara Brown at the University of Dundee’s School of Medicine.
The exhibition continues until 2 September.
Thursday, 13 April 2017 - 5:00pm
Please join us at the Preview of Future Emerging Art & Technology from 5-7pm in Life Space with a Semantic Laboratory live event by artists Špela Petrič & Miha Turšič occuring in the Dalhousie Building.
Future Emerging Art & Technology includes six new works of art resulting from artists working in collaboration with scientists undertaking EU-funded Future and Emerging Technologies - FET open research to develop cutting edge technologies - from gene regulation to quantum physics, underwater robotics, exascale computing and more.
Artists: Boredomresearch, Evelina Domnitch Dmitry Gelfand, Anna Dumitriu, Špela Petrič, Miha Turšič, Ruth Jarman Joe Gerhardt, Pinar Yoldas
Exhibition continues until 17 June 2017. Open Mon-Fri by appointment (email firstname.lastname@example.org) or Saturdays 11am-5pm.
Saturday, 26 November 2016 - 11:00am
boredomresearch, artist duo made up of Vicky Isley and Paul Smith, worked together with Dr Paddy Brock to create their generative work AfterGlow. This continuously changing animation presents a terrain progressively illuminated by glowing trails, evocative of mosquito flight paths. These spiralling forms represent packets of blood, carried by mosquitoes infected with Plasmodium knowlesi, a malaria parasite recently found to jump the species barrier from monkey to human. The infection left in the wake of wandering macaques as they search the island for food reveals the intimate relationship between disease and environment.
Wednesday, 23 November 2016 - 4:00pm
Dr Paddy Brock
Dr Paddy Brock collaborated with the artist duo boredomresearch on their generative work AfterGlow. He used statistical and mechanistic models to assess transmission-blocking interventions from malaria and the dynamics of co-infection between HIV and HPV (human papillomavirus). This research was used for the development of the animation that is on display in LifeSpace for the entire duration of the exhibition. During the seminar, Dr Paddy Brock will discuss this project, but moreover elaborate on his current research at the institute of Biodiversity, Animal Health and Comparative Medicine at the University of Glasgow.
Saturday, 19 November 2016 - 11:00am
Ellie Land's work Sleepless elaborates on newly discovered links between sleep and mental health. The work is the result of a two year long conversation with Professor Peter Oliver, whose research focusses on gene function in the brain and its dysfunction in disease. Its rhythm is inspired by the circadian circle and displays visual icons rooted in the science of sleep, whilst featuring the voices of a group of mental health service users who share their experience of disrupted sleep/wake patterns.
This talk will allow the artist to discuss the nature of the animation's research and the collaboration with scientists and mental health service users. Land will talk about the work's relation to selected objects and artworks displayed in the gallery that she chose for exhibition from the University of Dundee Museum's collection.
Saturday, 12 November 2016 - 11:00am
Genetic Moo, an artist collaboration between Nicola Schauerman and Tim Pickup, will come to LifeSpace to discuss their work Battle of Blister. This animation, the result of a collaboration with immunologist Dr Neil Dufton, presents the inflammation process using footage of human performers. Generated in an interactive film set, these animations chart the escalation from fly bite to full scale engagement. Battle of Blister shows the never-ending battle between bacteria and the body. As part of a collaboration with NEoN Digital Arts Festival taking place November 9-13 in venues across Dundee, Genetic Moo will talk about their work, their collaboration with scientists, and their use of digital media to create interactive installations.
Saturday, 29 October 2016 - 11:00am
Artist and award-winning documentary maker Samantha Moore created the work Loop in collaboration with biomedical scientist Dr Serge Mostowy. This work illustrates what can be seen and what cannot, revealing the creative and discursive nature of science. Loop is based on drawings and discussions around cytoskeleton dynamics for which a zebrafish model is used. Lab members' description of the intricate sub-cellular septin dynamics and structure are incorporated into the animation.
During this talk, Moore will elaborate on the collaboration with Mostowy and the work in his lab. She will discuss how the research directly fed into Loop and how the objects and artworks displayed next to it, on loan from University of Dundee Museum's collection, relate to the animation.
Wednesday, 12 October 2016 - 1:00pm
Immunologist Megan MacLeod collaborated with Eric Schockmel, leading towards the creation of the work Immunecraft. This work adopts the form of a video game trailer, presenting a fictional game which gives users agency over real life cell culture to compete against opponent players. It explores the parallels between popular gameplay mechanics and some of the most important principles of the human immune system, including cellular memory and autoimmunity. It understands itself as a piece of speculative design futures, commenting on the principles of multiplayer online gaming in the age of DNA building blocks, printable organic electronics and biohacking, thus raising questions about bioethics.