Science Festival Includes Abundant Art Lineup
Edinburgh, a city in the United Kingdom, is well known for its abundance of festivals. During the month of August, the city’s population swells with spectators coming to see the Art Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe, and International Festival, amongst other events. This coming April, the city will host a slightly smaller festival, but an event that is nonetheless significant in the international scene. The Edinburgh International Science Festival, running from April 5th-20th, will inhabit the city with myriad exhibitions and events. An emerging thread in the festival is the inclusion of artists in the festival program.
By Allison Palenske
Exhibitions listed in the Edinburgh International Science Festival program include:
· A.R. Hopwood’s False Memory Archive, at Talbot Rice Gallery: an exhibition centered on Hopwood’s research collaborations with psychologists and cognitive scientists, addressing the susceptibility of humans to reconstruct and skew memories
· Science at the heART of Things, curated by Paul Robertson at Summerhall: one of the city’s leading artistic hubs will host a group exhibition, drawing together artists who share the field of science as their inspiration
· ASCUS, at City Art Centre: an art science collaborative will show an exhibition addressing the festival’s theme of “Science at the Heart of Things”
· Corin Sworn, at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh’s Inverleith House: an exhibition that is the product of artist Sworn’s research in the field of botany
The festival’s program also includes an installation by Bruce Munro, multiple photography exhibitions, film screenings and music events.
The Edinburgh International Science Festival is at the forefront of establishing an ideal model for the integration of arts in a science-driven event. Given the ongoing collaborations, and the stunning visual products of these collaborations, the model upheld at the festival upholds the benefits of collaboration between artists and scientists.