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The Cultural Negotiation of Science is a research group based at Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK that brings together artists, academics and research students whose practices engage with expert cultures across a broad spectrum of science and technology.

CNoS News

Last month, CNoS hosted the Ways of Working workshop at the Experimental Studio, BALTIC 39. Focusing on process not outcome, practitioners from arts, sciences and humanities shared their working methods and explored collaborative practice in both the studio and the lab. Attentiveness to the similarities and differences in method was a central focus of the event, leading to insights in use of structure (or lack of it), process and creative tools. With thanks to all who attended and to the Biochemical Society and Newcastle University’s Institute for Creative Arts Practice for supporting this event.

Louise Mackenzie's thesis abstract, 'Evolution of the Subject - Synthetic Biology in Fine Art Practice', has been selected as one of the top ranked abstracts this year for a special publication of Leonardo Journal. The publication is now available online and will be forthcoming in print next October.

Daksha Patel has been selected for an upcoming conference at the University of Central Lancaster in January 2020: Drawing Conversations 3: Drawing Talking to the Sciences. Daksha will present ‘Misprints’, the outcome of her residency at Life Science, University of Dundee, and will show the video ‘Active [Drawing] Matter’, the outcome of a residency in Applied Maths, University of Bristol, as part of the conference exhibition.


Lead image: Participants in the CNoS Ways of Working workshop
Below image: Daksha Patel, Misprints.

CNoS News, Exhibitions & Events

Common Care

A programme of hands-on tours at Glasgow Museums Stores (GMRC) initiated around the deinstall and storage of 'I Say Nothing' by Christine Borland at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow. The tours have been devised by Conservator Stephanie de Roemer in collaboration with Christine Borland, to open up the usually ‘invisible’ processes and practices of conservation care. This opening up serves as a means to negotiate urgent ethical considerations around material culture, including the museum’s responsibility for society and the environment, as opposed to the preservation of ‘treasures’ in storage.

The tours are free. Dates: Tues 2 – 4pm; 10th Dec, 21st Jan 2020, 18th Feb 2020, 10th March 2020. Very limited numbers; further details & booking only via

Image below: Christine Borland, 'I Say Nothing'

Beyond Fieldwork workshop and public event

Beyond Fieldwork is a two-day workshop organised by Laura Harrington that will explore the notion of ‘fieldwork’ in non-urban areas in relation to artistic practice, research, knowledge and understanding. Through a range of presentations and direct engagements with the field this workshop is designed to explore and further understand what goes on when artists work in the field and in what ways this can be utilised in the context of practice-led research.

The workshop will be held on Thursday 5 December in BALTIC 39 Experimental Studio and at ACA (Allenheads Contemporary Arts) on Friday 6 December. A free film screening event featuring work by London Fieldworks, Matterlurgy and Simone Kenyon will take place at 6.30 on Thursday 5 December which is open to all.

Spaces are limited but if you are interested in taking part in the workshop please email Laura Harrington directly on for more information

With Charles Danby & Rob Smith, Jo Joelson (London Fieldworks), Laura Harrington, Simone Kenyon and Alison Lloyd.

Made possible with funds from the Northumbria-Sunderland AHRC CDT Consortium.

Image below: Beyond Fieldwork artist montage

Submit an event, exhibition or opportunity

Please submit relevant upcoming art/science events, exhibitions or opportunities for publication in the next CNoS newsletter.
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Art/Science Exhibitions & Events

Tales from the Crust, an exhibition by London-based Chilean artist Ignacio Acosta investigating the politics of extraction across the planet, continues at Arts Catalyst in London until 14 December.

A two-day symposium exploring the exhibition's themes takes place on 29/30 November at the University of Westminster.

Photo: Ignacio Acosta: Satellite views of Chuquicamata corporate mining town, c. 2011. 
** Rather last minute, but for anyone in Manchester, Super/Collider are hosting solargraph workshops on Wednesday 27 November as part of the Sun exhibition free Late night at the Science and Industry Museum.

** In Berlin, Invisible Forces presents the work of Erich Berger and Mari Keto alongside a workshop and forensic exhibition by Martin Howse—all to do with radiation, contemporary culture, deep (geological) time and psycho-geophysics. Until 8 December. 

** Artists Becky Lyon and Saroj Patel offer hopeful visions of alternative ecologies in their exhibition opening on 6 December at TENSION Fine Art in London: life.formed: Shapes of Non-Human Ecologies. Until 15 January, 2020.

** The wonderfully-titled exhibition, Viridescent Epiphyte, opens at The Briggait in Glasgow on 7 December. Artists Emma Hislop and Matthew Rimmer will show work that ranges across an interesting spectrum of related ideas including bioremediation, viridescence, and constructed ecosystems. Until 3 January 2020.

** Plastic—Can't Live With It, Can't Live Without it, Science Gallery Dublin's exhibition on the increasingly-beleaguered material continues until February next year.

Art/Science Opportunities

=> Closing soon: European Media Artists in Residence Exchange has announced an open call for two-month residencies in 2020 and 2021 for European artists working in the fields of digital media, sound of video art, media-based performance, robotics or bio-art. Applications are being accepted for proposals to one of eleven institutions across Europe. Deadline for submissions is 2 December 2019. More information here.

=> Closing soon: This is perhaps more aimed at curators and art historians than artists, but there's a call for papers for a seminar series on the connections between art, science and nature hosted by Colchester & Ipswich Museums. Deadline for 250-word abstracts is 2 December. More information here.

=> 'Taboo - Transgression - Transcendence in Art & Science' has launched a call for papers, posters and artists talks for its fourth international conference. The deadline for proposals is 31 March 2020. More information here.

=> Science Gallery Detroit just opened a call for proposals for Future Present: Design in a Time of Urgency, an exhibition on the intersection of design, art and science. Closes on 31 January. More information here.

*** Please note that although these opportunities have been identified as relevant to our cross-disciplinary research and practice, they are not necessarily endorsed by CNoS or Northumbria University. ***
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