Edinburgh, that city of cities, each year throwing the festival of festivals. I have a precious corner of my heart devoted to Edinburgh, and all it took was to spend an incredible year there, studying the workings of the mind, and falling irreparably in love with a “city so beautiful it breaks the heart again and again.”1
Of course, Edinburgh is mostly known for its Fringe arts festival, the largest in the world, however it is also the host of Edinburgh Science Festival, held each year in April. This year, however, it will also host the 50th British Neuroscience Association’s Festival of Neuroscience. In celebration of that, the Science Festival will be presenting “Brainwaves, a mini-festival of brain, mind and consciousness exploring one of the most mysterious objects in the universe.”
So, it’s a festival within a festival within a festival. And on top of that, a curated selection of art, too:
How the Light Gets In brings together a selection of works by international artists intrigued by light in all its forms and facets with those aiming to shine a light on the workings of our brain, mind and consciousness. Celebrating the UN International Year of Light and the Science Festival’s Brainwaves strand, the exhibitions explore the beauty, form and function of light and its role as a metaphor for knowledge and enlightenment.
One of the artists selected for this event is Fraser Ross, an artist and designer from Glasgow. His art is inspired by plant life found in Scotland; Ross’ interactive design studio creates sensory experiences through immersion in new technology and science, as well as human interaction, “inspired by the natural world and the behaviour of living organism.”
The works selected for this particular exhibition are interactive sculptures, or artificial plants, under the title Blooming Flora:
Each organism performs a shape change through human interaction. The inbuilt nervous system of each organism has a specific organ, dedicated to each sense, the mechanisms and capabilities are reflected in different organisms.
I only shared a part of one image at the top of this post – to learn more about the Bloom Senses project and see photos and videos, you should visit the Fraser Ross | Atelier website.
Oh, how I wish I were in Edinburgh. But then, I wish that often.