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Call for Expressions of Interest

Edinburgh Science Festival is seeking expressions of interest to exhibit creative works on the topic of life as part of the 2018 Edinburgh Science Festival.

2018 – Scotland’s year of Young People and the 200th anniversary of the publication of Frankenstein – will see us explore our Festival theme of Life, the Universe and Everything, as we ask where we have come from, where we are heading and what roles do science, technology and engineering play in securing the safety and sustainability of the planet for future generations?

Now more than ever, the definition of life is a vital question that holds implications for vast branches of synthetic biology, genetic engineering and ultimately the search for life elsewhere in the universe. We live in an exciting time where life has become a raw material, for scientific and artistic purposes, and the possibilities for human health and human society are seemingly endless. But how does our culture, our society and even our language come to terms with these new ideas of life? Are we re-writing the working definitions of what is “alive”?


We are seeking Expressions of Interest to exhibit creative works such as (but not restricted to) installations, interactives and digital media inspired by the science of creating life. In Scotland’s year of Young People we are particularly interested to receive proposals from young artists under the age of 26 and those early in their careers. The works will form part of our free exhibition programme for family and adult audiences, housed at Summerhall and the National Museum of Scotland.