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Sunday, 5 November 2017 - 2:30pm
Dr Rastko Sknepnek (physicist) and Susanne Boersma (curator)

Please join us at Dundee Science Centre this Sunday 5 November at 2.30pm for a Q&A with Dr Rastko Sknepnek and Susanne Boersma. This event is programmed as part of the exhibition A diagram of forces and Dundee Science Festival.

Computational physicist Rastko Sknepnek and curator Susanne Boersma will talk about A diagram of forces, an outdoor exhibition currently at Dundee's School of Life Sciences, and its relation to D'Arcy Thompson's On Growth and Form. Providing routes into understanding the different images, the participants will discuss the work and research that led to artistic and scientific outcomes. 

Come to the auditorium inside the Dundee Science Centre for this Q&A, where scientist and curator will present different insights in the exhibition and discuss possibilities for collaborations between art and science. All welcome. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017 - 3:00pm
Andy Lomas

Please join us at LifeSpace this Sunday 15 October at 3pm for an Artist Talk with Andy Lomas as part of our current exhibition bubble, bulge, bleb. 

Andy has long been fascinated by D’Arcy Thompson’s work and the influence of his book On Growth and Form. For his works included in our exhibition bubble, bulge, bleb, Andy has focussed his attention on the production of animations and objects that exhibit properties of growth within software systems he writes himself. There are many parallels between Andy's software and the generative modelling systems used by scientists including Dr. Rastko Sknepnek here at University of Dundee. 

Come on Sunday to this public talk and discover more about the development of his art works and influences on his practice. All welcome.

This event coincides with the D'Arcy Thompson On Growth & Form Centenary Conference from 13-15 October 2017 at University of Dundee.


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 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

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

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.