FUSION: Bringing together art and neuroscience
FUSION: Bringing together art and neuroscience
Pint of Science 2018
Pint of Science 2017
Neuroscience Day 2016
Neuroscience Day 2013 exhibit by ECA student Bec Wonders
FUSION meets every four weeks at the UCreate Studio, room 1.12, first floor, Main Library, University of Edinburgh, George Square.
Our next monthly meeting will be: Thursday 25 April 2019 4.30 - 7pm. 'A tour of the Metamorphosis exhibition at Summerhall'. For the Science festival this year Summerhall and the ASCUS art science lab have co-curated an exhibition that showcases new work of local and international artists Louise Mackenzie, Russell Beard, Stephen Kavanagh and Aurelie Fontan. Our tour guide will give us an introduction to the three parts of the exhibition and be on hand to answer any questions we may have. I am also pleased to welcome Miriam Walsh, the managing director of ASCUS who will be able to tell us more about the role of the lab in creating the exhibition. For this FREE tour we will meet at 4:30 in the foyer at Summerhall, and the tour guide will join us at 4:45 and be available for an hour. For those who would like to continue discussions after the event, Table 13, the meeting room in the Royal Dick Pub will be available to Fusion group members and any guests. (We will have to buy our own drinks and/or food at the Royal Dick.)
Recent FUSION meetings
- December 2018: An evening with Dr Wanda Gregory', digital game designer, and educationalist.
- April 2018: Gavin Inglis (games and fiction writer) talking about his Clincal Neuroscience Fellowship work.
- March 2018: FUSION show and tell, plus planning for Pint of Science exhibition in May.
- February 2018: MS is my boyfriend, with Ms Hannah Laycock (artist) with Dr Veronique Mirron (neuroscientist)
- November 2017: Body-Mind Innovation evening with Dr Priscilla Chueng-Nainby (Informatics) and Dr Neil Roberts (Edinburgh Imaging Facility)
- October 2017: 'Smell and Me' evening with Susana Camara Leret (Artist and Division of Clinical Neuroscience Fellowship holder), Dr Matthew Pauley (International Centre for Brewing and Distilling, Heriot Watt University), Dr Tilo Kunath (MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine), Ms Joy Milne (who uses smell in a unique way)
- June 2017: Visit to 'Regeneration: a story of becoming’ pop-up art-science exhibition at Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine
- May 2017: Work on art projects with physiology researchers, for the mini-exhibition at Firbush
- April 2017: Work on art projects for pop-up exhibit at the Pint of Science next month
- March 2017: Map exhibition tour at the National Library of Scotland
- February 2017: Planning for Pint of Science pop-up exhibition
Exhibitions and outputs
2018, May - FUSION exhibited some of their outputs at the 'Pint of Science' art-science exhibition 'Creative Reactions' at the Tent Gallery, Edinburgh College of Art. Penny Kay and Dr Tom Pratt also participated in a panel discussionin the evening talking about art and science.
2017, June - FUSION worked with physiology researchers attending a retreat at the university field station at Firbush, helping them create outputs that drew on their own research areas. The outputs were really thoughful and thoroughly enjoyed by the retreat participants. Heart Art Project info.
2017, May - FUSION were invited to created some exhibits for the The Pint of Science event 'Is this real life?' at The City Cafe, Edinburgh. Speakers on the night were Dr David Carmel (Psychology) and Dr Mandy Johnstone (Clinical Brain Sciences), both members of Edinburgh Neuroscience.
2016, March - FUSION generated projects were exhibited at Neuroscience Day 2016 . This exhibition was a genuine collaboration between neuroscientists and artists from the Edinburgh College of Art with each piece reflecting one of four seperate group discussions.
2015, October - Penny Kay (Edinburgh College of Art) and Dr Tom Pratt (Centre for Integrative Physiology) received a FUSION award to develop a joint piece of work that woudl be exhibited at Neuroscience Day 2016.
2014, October - The FUSION monthly art-neuroscience group was launched. This is an informal group for discussion and activity bringing together art, psychology and neuroscience.
2014, February - 'Fusion: An Art-Neuroscience Experience' workshop for Innovative Learning Week. Undergraduates from neuroscience, psychology and Art joined together to explore what they can each gain from the other. After a launch event on Monday they had 3 days to create something together and what they came up with was fantastic!
2013, March - 'Mood, Mobilty and Place' £1million grant awarded by the EPSRC, through the Lifelong Health and Wellbeing Cross-Council Programme, to Edinburgh College of Art Professor Catharine Ward-Thompson and Edinburgh Neuroscience researchers Professors Ian Deary, John Starr and Gillian Mead. This project explores how places can be designed collaboratively to make pedestrian mobility easy, enjoyable and meaningful for older people. The research is partnered by a network of stakeholder bodies and involves co-design with a range of participants, including stroke survivors and people with dementia, as well as innovative mobile neural imaging methods to explore real-time emotional responses to place. Working with the Lothian Birth Cohorts of people in their 70s and 90s, our research is the first to consider the influence of local environments in which people have lived from childhood.
2013, March - 'Represent, Present and Re-Present' exhibition at Inspace and at Neuroscience Day. A dozen Edinburgh College of Art undergradaute students visited Edinburgh Neursocience laboratories and created outputs in response to their experience.