*Genomics Forum Documentary Filmmakers in Residence*
From poetry to short stories, artistic residences to art installations, science fiction discussions to design workshops and the Human Genre Project, the ESRC Genomics Forum is involved in a wide range of exciting creative ventures.
Explore these and more in this our Creative Space.
Documentary Filmmaker in Residence - In September 2012 the Genomics Forum appointed Cameron Duguid and Lindsay Goodall as its Documentary Filmmakers in Residence after receiving a high number of applications. For updates on their activities read their blogs on Genotype and watch this space.
Photographer in Residence – In July and August 2012 the Genomics Forum hosted Georgina Wood, a recent graduate from Edinburgh College of Art as its Photographer in Residence. Her work was shown at the ESRC Celebrating Portraits of Britain exhibition and she exhibited an installation piece about biofuels, which resulted from her residency, at the Forum's The Revolution Will be Bio Based event as part of the ESRC Festival of Social Science 2012.
Salon Sessions – The Genomics Forum is currently developing a number of Salon Sessions, which will allow audiences to engage with writers and to discuss issues explored in their work. The first of these to take place in June 2012, featured Hazel McHaffie who discussed the moral and ethical dilemmas covered in her new novel about “saviour siblings” Saving Sebastian. The second session in November 2012 was Cell Culture, a discussion event covering different literary approaches to the life sciences in fiction. It featured Ken MacLeod and Pippa Goldschmidt, the Forum's former creative writers in residence, Jennifer Rohn (the founder of LabLit.com) and chaired by Stuart Munro.
Work underway – A group of artists, scientists and social scientists have been collaborating to produce visual artworks about genomics issues – and will write together about their experiences in doing so. Dr Matthias Wienroth, Dr Pippa Goldschmidt and Lisa Matthews coordinate this ‘research & creation’ art-science pilot project with a focus on photo-poetry. Outputs from their work will be highlighted here in the near future.
Playwright in Residence - Peter Arnott has been working as a playwright in Scotland since White Rose debuted at the Traverse in 1985. He was the Genomics Forum Playwright in Residence until April 2012 and is now writing a genomics related play for the Traverse. He is the winner of TMA, Fringe First and Creative Scotland awards and his adaptation of Robin Jenkins' "The Cone-Gatherers" opens in Aberdeen in September 2012, coming to the Kings in Edinburgh in October 2012.
The ESRC Genomics Forum has a commitment to explore innovative avenues to promote social research on the contemporary life sciences. Creative engagements form a valuable part of this work helping to reach new audiences.