Untitled, video still. Working Together research project, 2021. Louise Mackenzie. Credit: Rosie McLachlan

COMING SOON: BLACK BOX3 at 4th Floor Ellison Lab

CNoS and Northumbria University Department of Applied Sciences are delighted to announce the opening of a new permanent gallery space on the 4th Floor of Ellison Lab, Northumbria University.
Converting the space of two former display cabinets into a gallery and screen-based platform, BLACK BOX3 showcases contemporary creative works at the intersection of art and science. Three ‘black boxes’ in the form of two wall recesses and one screen allow for small-scale curated exhibitions as part of CNoS’ ongoing research. Video and audio works are also hosted here on the CNoS website.

The inaugural exhibition for BLACK BOX3 is a presentation of research in progress by Louise Mackenzie, in collaboration with Jessica Sample, Gina Abdelaal, Maria Crespo Cuadrado and Marcin Klotarz. Outputs form part of the short research residency, Working Together, supported by CNoS and Northumbria University’s Department of Applied Sciences.

Dates for the exhibition opening will be announced soon.

BLACK BOX at Bioverse, Summerhall Visual Arts

LIMULUS, 2013. Karen Kramer

For Bioverse, curated by Summerhall Visual Arts and ASCUS Art and Science for Edinburgh Science Festival, BLACK BOX presents a 120-minute programme of 11 short films on the theme of KINSHIP. Focusing on the different forms of relation that begin with the body, from viral and cellular interactions to the familial relationships affected by genetic disease, these films allow us to contemplate the revolutions of life through our relationships to both human and non-human beings. Including award-winning films from artists, Karen Kramer and Jacqueline Donachie, KINSHIP asks what is the extent of our relationships with other bodies (human and otherwise)? How do we relate to the cells and viruses that comprise our body? How do scientists relate to patients and how do patients relate to others? Who or what connects us, who is host and who is guest?
BLACK BOX is supported by the Cultural Negotiation of Science, Northumbria University and the Biosciences Institute, Newcastle University.

Exhibition Launch: Friday 8th April 2022| 18:00 – 21:00| Summerhall Gallery Bar| Drop inOpening times: Saturday 9th April 2022 – Thursday 9 June 2022|Wed – Sun| 12:00 – 18:00

Running time: 120 minutes | Individual film durations vary

Where: 1, Summerhall, Newington, Edinburgh EH9 1PL | Corner GalleryTickets: Drop in | FREE, donations welcomeAudience: 12+

Guidance: Some films contain scenes that some viewers may find uncomfortable. Whilst there is no age specific content guidance, and viewing of all films is at the discretion of parents.

Presented by Summerhall and ASCUS Art & Science



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BLACK BOX is a joint project by The Cultural Negotiation of Science and the Institute of Genetic Medicine.  Opening the door on the inner workings of genetic research, Black Box is a curated programme of film works inspired by and expanding upon genetic themes. The programme showcases films by artists and researchers involved in a creative and critical engagement with the field of genetic medicine alongside films produced by scientists that provide insight into the research that takes place within the Institute.