Jason Maraconi : Tactile Shapes

Artist in Residence at MERZ from mid-June till mid July Jason Maracani has been exploring the countryside in Upper Nithsdale with artist and guide Alice de Ville. Jason joined Alice to contribute work on a Bothy on the Southern Upland Way. Interpreting the local landscape Jason’s Tactile Shapes exhibition opens at MERZ on 12th July at 6:00pm. To visit contact merzgallery@icloud.com.

Stephen Kavanagh : FRAG’MƐNT (TERRA NON-FIRMA)

Emerging from the social, geo-political and environmental uncertainty of the ‘Anthropocene’ – Fraɡˈmɛnt (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, the artists explore the liminal space between order and chaos, growth and disintegration. The series of new sculptural works chart the artists’ on-going experimentation with raw materiality – either pushed to breaking point to reveal hidden properties and new orders of complexity or drawing on spontaneous chemical and physical processes that deeply resonate with seismic societal and ecological transformations currently underway.
Summerhall Sat 06 Apr 2019 – Sun 19 May 2019 11:00-18:00 (Wed-Sun)

Aurélie Fontan : Tensegrity

Aurélie Fontan is a sustainable fashion designer focused on biodesign and ethical manufacture processes.

Her graduate collection Tensegrity demonstrates the positive combination of craft and technology, essentially based on science imagery and disciplines. One of her pieces is entirely grown from kombucha. She has been working at the Ascus Art & Science Lab for two years, researching and practicing biodesign with slime mould and kombucha, applied to fashion artefacts.

Aurélie is a recipient of numerous awards: Dame Vivienne Westwood Sustainable and Ethical Award, Catwalk Textiles, M&S Womenswear Award at Graduate Fashion Week 2018 and an Honorary Mention for the kombucha dress at Reshape Competition in Barcelona.

Summerhall Sat 06 Apr 2019 – Sun 19 May 2019 11:00-18:00 (Wed-Sun)

Louise Mackenzie : Pithos

Pithos (one possible story of our lively material) presents existing and new works by artist Louise Mackenzie, following a three-year period of intense research within the laboratories of the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University and ASCUS Labs at Summerhall, Edinburgh.

Works in film, installation and participatory performance reimagine the myth of Pandora for the biotechnological era, tracing a path through Mackenzie’s personal and subjective experience of genetically modifying E. coli bacteria to store a thought within their bodies. The body of the micro-organism is commonly used as resource within biotechnology. Through the performative act of reconsidering the (microbial) body as a lively vessel, Mackenzie draws a closer connection to the living body in the context of the laboratory and in doing so, develops a subjective approach to working with life that confronts issues of care and control.

Sat 06 Apr 2019 – Sun 23 Jun 2019 11:00-18:00 (Wed-Sun)