ASCUS Talk: Genetics and Archives: inspiring new art

  • When:  Wednesday 30 October 2013
  • Time:  6 - 7.30 pm
  • Location:  Summerhall, EH9 1QH

Join ASCUS at Summerhall for some fascinating talks as we hear about the wealth of scientific archives available to artists and how successful collaborations can lead to inspiring new art. More details are given on thier Website.



“Dig down to nothing and come up with everything” - Waddington 1957.







  • In the first talk of the evening, project archivist, Clare Button, and rare books cataloguer, Kristy Davis, will speak about their work cataloguing the archival records of the Roslin Institute, the Institute of Animal Genetics, the papers of James Cossar Ewart and Conrad Hal Waddington, glass plate slides, rare books and scientific offprints.  This talk is an introduction to the wealth of materials in this collection.  The project ‘Towards Dolly: Edinburgh, Roslin and the Birth of Modern Genetics’ is based within Edinburgh University Library’s Centre for Research Collections and is generously funded by the Wellcome Trust’s Research Resources in Medical History grants scheme.  
  • In the second talk Dr. Mhairi Towler and Dr. Paul Harrison of Duncan Jordanstone in Dundee wil speak about their artwork based upon the C.H. Waddington collection, Epigenetic Landscapes’.  This research explores and celebrates the ideas of developmental biologist, philosopher and visual thinker, C.H. Waddington. 



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