February 22, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Seminar Room 6 Chrystal MacMillan Building 15a George Square Edinburgh EH8 9LD
Annie McGeechan
0131 650 2063

Positively Squishy – creative research in the lab

With Beverley Hood, artist and lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh.


In an environment where bioscientific research undertaking “qualitative field-based inquiries with living people or living organisms are increasingly regarded as naïve or amateurish” (Ingold, 2016), creative practice researchers have a unique ability to undertake “positively squishy” (Ingold, 2016) approaches to inquiry, and act as agents of correspondence.

In this presentation, Beverley will talk about undertaking a micro-residency in the laboratory of Professor Sara Brown, an eczema genetic research lab, within the School of Medicine, University of Dundee, organised by ASCUS Art & Science, and funded by the Wellcome Trust and the Arts & Ethics Research Group. This research and development residency involved observing the day to day activities of the lab, from carefully nurturing skin cell cultures, to the precise, complex and delicate processes used to analyse these samples. Beverley will discuss the series of experimental creative works, developed in response to this, which attempt to immerse the viewer in the lab, by embodying the poetic, human and ethical issues that it’s work raises.


Beverley Hood is an artist and lecturer in the School of Design at the University of Edinburgh. She studied Sculpture and Electronic Imaging at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art, Dundee and Nova Scotia College of Art & Design, Halifax, Canada.

Her research practice interrogates the impact of technology on relationships, the body and human experience, through the creation of practice-based projects and writing, A longstanding research interest is live performance using technology and interdisciplinary collaboration. Recent projects include Eidolon, an intimate, site-specific, immersive live performance, VR experience, and monograph, developed at the Scottish Centre for Simulation & Clinical Human Factors (SCSCHF), at the Forth Valley Royal Hospital, Larbert.

She is a member of the RAFT and DISIGN research groups at Edinburgh College of Art, the Centre for Creative and Relational Enquiry, at the University of Edinburgh, and the Art & Ethics Research Group (AERG), a Mason Institute research project that draws upon diverse approaches and methodologies from the arts and humanities in conversation with scientific and medical practitioners.

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MI Lunch with Beverley Hood