A two week residency at the Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution in Edinburgh explored the adaptive strategies of pathogens and the evolution of antibiotic resistance in bacteria. This informed Edges : Surface : Borders which considers the wider implications of human co-existence with microbial life.The work looks at two different pathogens; severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), and the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria that lives commensally on 30 percent of the human population, but causes problems in hospital settings (MRSA).

Using out of gallery interventions, manipulated objects and speculative design, the transmission of these pathogens are explored in both historical and contemporary cultural settings. In illuminating aspects of the microbiology and ecology of these microscopic organisms, the work sheds light on how contemporary society continues to be challenged by the evolution of the microbiological world.

The Things We Take With Us, a collaboration with Dr Melissa Ward, Centre for Immunity, Infection and Evolution. http://ciie.bio.ed.ac.uk/melissa-ward
Curation: ASCUS as part of the Parellell Perspectives group show / Edinburgh Science Festival
Exhibition: Summerhall, Edinburgh. 3rd April – 22nd May 2015.

Jo was an invited speaker at the Art, Design and Antimicrobial Resistance discussion event at LifeSpace gallery, Dundee. 01/09/2015 “Antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is the ability of microbes  to evade treatment by antibiotics and other drugs. This is an increasing threat to global health as new resistance mechanisms emerge and spread across the world. Microbial life has long captured the interest of many artists. So what can artists contribute to the interdisciplinary approach required to both tackle antimicrobial resistance, and increase public awareness of this important issue?”

Video featuring work from Edges : Surfaces : Borders HERE


Categories: 2016, Art/Science, Collaboration, Research