Opportunity: ASCUS Micro-Residency

5th November 2014

The following opportunity comes from ASCUS Art & Science, an interdisciplinary organisation based in Edinburgh. Deadline for applications is 5pm on 1 December 2014.

Announcing a new ASCUS micro-residency programme at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution (CIIE) located in Ashworth labs, University of Edinburgh.

Scientists have made progress in understanding how pathogens cause disease, escape our immune defences and spread in populations. However pathogen evolution threatens this progress, generating drug resistance, rendering vaccines ineffective and allowing invasion of new hosts and populations.

ASCUS and CIIE labs have teamed up to offer a new opportunity for artists to engage with current scientific research in their unique interdisciplinary centre which brings together specialists in; infection biology, immunology, geneticists, mathematical modelling, epidemiology and evolutionary biology.

For this programme we are offering three artist micro-residencies – each consisting of 14 days contact time between 9th January – 31st March 2015. This opportunity is open to artists in the following disciplines: visual, audio, written/spoken word, theatre, encouraging collaboration not only with the researchers, but also with each other. The artwork created during the micro-residency will be showcased in an exhibition at Summerhall during Edinburgh International Science Festival 2015.

The aim of CIIE micro-residency is to enable true collaborations and enable the production of the most interesting outcomes. For this micro-residency, the artists can respond to the research of the CIIE as a whole, or may choose to focus on one of the identified research (please see additional information for details). We also ask that artists consider that the artwork produced be easily stored, so that it can be re-exhibited for different events.

The fund available for the project is £1,000 per artist with an additional £500 per artist for material costs (all figures quoted are inclusive of VAT)

For more information and to apply, please visit the ASCUS website.

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