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Genocentric

Louise Mackenzie
Summerhall, Edinburgh
1 Apr – 12 May 2017
Preview: 31 Mar 2017
Artist’s Talk:
Dialogues: When Art Meets Science
Red Lecture Theatre, Summerhall
1 Apr 2017, 14:00 – 18:00
In collaboration with ASCUS Art & Science
at Summerhall:
Transformation Thinking Through Making With Life
A transgenic bio-art workshop
1 April 2017 11 April 2017
Find out more here and at: Summerhall

Genocentric is an exhibition of new and evolving work by artist Louise Mackenzie in collaboration with Northumbria University, Newcastle University and Edinburgh University, exploring affective responses to working with life as biotechnological material. Taking as a starting point the concept of ‘life as subject’, Mackenzie has developed a means to store her thoughts within the DNA of living organisms and in a series of works, attempts to tease out the agency of the organism. Genocentric explores a perceived imbalance between the privileged placed of technology, media and code on the one hand and the use of life as material on the other. The work shifts focus to the unknown futures of working with life as material and in doing so, develops a relationship to the organism that questions our distance from the subject through layers of technology.