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MA Art and Science Class of 2021 present ‘Virtual Ground’

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This year’s MA Art and Science graduates are presenting their work through both virtual and physical exhibitions and hosting a public online symposium.


The ‘Virtual Ground‘ physical exhibition will be at Asylum Chapel; a stunning grade two listed building and Safehouse 1 and 2; two charming abandoned Victorian houses in Peckham London, currently a hub for contemporary art. This new show brings together works of 20 interdisciplinary artists, who work and experiment at the intersection of art and science, researching a broad range of subjects from ecology to philosophy, neuroscience to spirituality, light to perception, biotechnology to feminism… and more. Scientific theories and perspectives relevant to our times are critiqued through a diverse range of media including painting, performance, video, print, new media, sound, montage, sculpture, installation and virtual reality.

Virtual Ground‘ grew from a need for a paradigm shift; to blossom new ideas and ways of thinking beyond the binary, beyond the institution, beyond our inherited reality and into new worlds.

‘VIRTUAL GROUND’ PHYSICAL EXHIBITION (following Covid19 social distancing regulations).

Online booking here

Asylum Chapel, Caroline Gardens, Asylum Road, SE152SQ

6th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST

7th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST

Safehouse 1 and 2, 137 – 139 Copeland Road SE15 3SN

July 9 – 10th July 2021 @ 10.00 – 20.30 BST

11th July @ 13.00 – 20.30 BST

12th July @ 10.00 – 14.00 BST

drawings of bacteria and people pulling faces

Storytelling Science: Free online art, science and storytelling workshops | 19/20 February 2021

19/20 February 2021

Storytelling Science: 

Creative online workshops for 13-17-year-olds exploring the science of our immune systems + Shigella bacterial infection through game-making and socially engaging games.


drawings of bacteria and people pulling faces

Chit Chat & Catch: Shigella is around!

19 / 20 February 


FREE EVENT: book here for Chit Chat & Catch


How can you cage bacteria? How do bacteria escape? How do cells talk to each other?

In this interactive workshop we will explore the fascinating science of the human immune system and Shigella bacteria through a creative role-playing game of deception, secret language and storytelling, looking at how cells and other important characters in our body defend against infection. 

Score points and guess which players are the invading bacteria before it’s too late…


drawings of bacteria and hands making

Ready Shigella Go!

19 / 20 February 


FREE EVENT: book here Ready Shigella Go!


How do tiny, blob shaped bacteria make us so sick? Are they truly evil… or just trying to stay alive? Do our bodies have bouncers to try and keep them out? 

We’ll be exploring the unseen tale of good versus evil that takes place in our bodies on a daily basis, and through hands-on game making, try to hear out both sides of the story. If the bad guys manage to storm our body’s barricades, how does our immune system kick into gear and fend them off? If you’re the bacteria… how can you ensure you outsmart the immune system?

In this workshop we’ll up-cycle everyday materials to design and make tabletop games, and play out the battle between the deadly Shigella bacteria and the human immune system.


The Storytelling Science workshops are designed for young people (aged 13-17) with an interest in art and/or science, seeking interesting experiences and unusual portfolio material. All participants will learn hands on creative techniques and generate visual stories using a range of skills. The workshops combine art, science and storytelling to better understand bacterial infection and are designed to merge digital and hands-on creative activities in a safe online space – devised and delivered by students from Central Saint Martins studying MA Art and Science, MA Graphic Communication Design and MA Character Animation.

Storytelling Science is inspired by the work of the Mostowy Lab at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, a scientific research group studying the highly contagious and often deadly Shigella bacteria. The project aims to share insights and stories from the scientific research of the Mostowy Lab to engage and excite audiences about a range of topics including trained innate immunity and science citizenship through creative workshops. 

Supported by a Wellcome Trust Research Enrichment Grant and by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, Storytelling Science is being run with Central Saint Martins, Manchester Metropolitan University, and Volda University College, part of a larger project produced by Animate Projects and Samantha Moore. 



lots of squares on a sphere

MAAS Open Studio 2021


21st January 2021 – 21st February 2021

Open Studio will open here on the 21st of January


This year MA Art and Science students are mostly working from their home-studios. With tighter studio spaces they collaborate with co-habiting species, work with diverse responsive matter and make experiments in their living spaces.

Giving full attention to their surroundings, each student’s work develops to explore variations of possible futures.

SEE YOU TOMORROW invites you to see how artists make work by combining their creative practice with scientific research and what happens in the process.

The map navigates you to public places frequented by artists on the course. If you happen to be in the area close to their dot on the map, then follow directions to find an object temporarily placed by the artist, for you to see and use as a QR Code portal to their virtual studio. If these locations are local to you* then please try visiting these places physically to have an embodied experience of each and every spot chosen for you by the artists, and then share your moments with us using #SeeYouTomorrow #MAAS21 #artandscience

Participating Artists: Lucy Jane MacAllister Dukes, Clemence Vazard, Shivani Mathur, Kelly Briggs, Diana Krilova, Sophia Cakova, Laurane Le Goff, Haoran Ye, Steve Wheeler, Patryk Starzykowski, Ruth Hallgarten, Laura Melissa Williams, Aminder Virdee, Vidya Lalgudi Jaishankar, Sorcha Jewell, Dovile Antusaite Sostakas, Maite Pastor Blanco, Anita Chanda, Younkuk Choi, Noa Rodríguez Méndez, Holly Moore, Joana Viveiros, Kiah Nicole Fisher, Josie Rae Turnbull, Wendelle Allado, Debra Pollarini, Audrey Rangel Aguirre, Himarni Moonasinghe, Anna Linnea Strøe, Yan Gi Cheng, Steffi Callaghan, Elena Vittoria Bevilacqua, Yawen Zhang, Merve Safa Erguner, Belle Kushner, Xin Sun, Molly Macleod, Laura Benetton, Emma Williams, Thomas Graham, Roseanna Clarke, Rowan Affleck, Georgina Clift, Kaini Zhang.

* in compliance with current covid-safety guidelines in your area

A Picture of Health leaflets

A Picture of Health – Medical Research Council


Students from MAAS and MAFA collaborated on a project with the Medical Research Council (MRC) funded London Institute of Medical Sciences (LMS). The project was designed and run by Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith and Lucy Brown.


Young woman making a speech.

Dr Jenna Stevens-Smith, Head of Communications and Engagement, MRC LMS (Photo -Jody Kingzett)

Young woman clapping and smiling

Lucy Brown – Engagement Project Manager and Creative Producer of A Picture of Health (Photo -Jody Kingzett)

It began with a workshop on 20th June 2019 hosted at LMS where researchers associated with the institute presented their research into 6 key themes; Antimicrobial Resistance and Infection, Diet and Lifestyle, Genetics and Assistive Technologies, Mental Health and Dementia, Environment and Ageing, Artificial Intelligence and Big Data.  The workshop enabled round-table discussion of these topics between mixed groups of artists, scientists, and artist facilitators.  The workshop aim was to link artists and scientists who were interested in working together to create an art project with one of the themes as a focus.   Discussions were varied and highlighted areas both of overlap in interest, and differences of opinion around these different themes of research and the approaches that were used, spanning ethics and different perspectives of evidence and experience in art and science.  Following the workshop, artists were invited to submit proposals for a piece of work to be produced for a future showcase event.  Proposals submitted were selected by a panel of staff from the LMC, with access facilitated to scientists to support discussion and facilitation of work.

Current and former MAAS / MAFA Students participating in the project individually or in groups included Phil Barton (Ageing and Environment), Mariana Heilmann (Antimicrobial Resistance), Teresa Byrne, Lottie Bolster & Rowan Riley (Dementia & Mental Health), Rose Mengmei, Lois Bentley, and Riko Yasumiya (Artificial Intelligence & Big Data), and Laura Madeley (Sleep /Diet & Lifestyle).

Interim work by the artists was presented at a crit event on 27th September 2019 attended by scientist collaborators, artist-facilitators, and members of the LMS.  Feedback was provided on the direction of the work with suggestions for future development of the work at the final showcase.   Again, discussions highlighted the similarities and differences in how methods of science and art approach a brief, and how creative ideas can emerge and take different directions from an initial proposal.  These ideas were further developed following viewing of a gallery space at Elephant West. Proposals for the final projects were developed with the gallery’s curator, Gareth Meredith and project manager, Lucy Brown for a final exhibition. 

The artists’ final work was exhibited at a showcase event on the 18th November 2019 at Elephant West’s project space and cultural hub.  Works presented included a range of materials and techniques including woodcuts, ceramics, stitch, textiles, etching, and physical computing and arduino to create prints, paintings and interactive installations.  The pop-up exhibition was well attended, with the audience hearing brief talks by artists on their work within the gallery space, interviewed by one of the project facilitators.   The opening event was followed the next day with workshops hosted by the artists attended by local community groups.  A tour of the exhibition was followed by creative sessions informed by the methods and themes artists had used in their work including collage, drawing and printmaking.

Crowded gallery with a woman making a speech at the far end of the darkened space.

A Picture of Health private view at Elephant West (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

The work was showcased again at the Science Museum as part of the Art & Science themed Lates Event, where work was installed for another pop-up and artists ran workshops and spoke to the public about their work.

The series of events was completed with a London Laser talk event where artists participating in the project spoke about the process of collaboration in an event alongside artists working in the healthcare field, creative producers, and staff from CSM and LMS.



Systems within Systems: Mapping Pathways.

Mariana Heilmann 



Systems Within Systems is a thinking tool.

It is an interactive method to map pathways through the complex and inter-related web of factors that affect health. For this exhibition, this method is being used to explore the global topic of antimicrobial resistance (AMR), in particular, the important part that the individual plays in the bigger picture.

In collaboration with Dr. Enrique Castro Sanchez (Imperial College London), the method has been adapted for the purpose of running workshops with local school children. The featured pathway is intended to promote awareness and empowerment around the topic of keeping healthy (thereby avoiding antibiotics).

Progressively, each layer represents a system and the subsystems that exist within it. Through dialogue and analysis, each layer is filled. The wipe-able blackboard material allows for multiple “journeys” of thought and analysis.

A group of people stand around a table in a gallery whilst a woman presents a project.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Mariana Heilmann’s work in background and on screen: Systems Within Systems -2019.

A set of black ceramic nested bowls with white writing on the edges and along the inside rims

Systems Within Systems 2019-Mariana Heilmann

A Good Night’s Sleep

Laura chose the topic of sleep for this project because although it is essential for our health and survival, many of its mechanisms remain a mystery. Clinical and translational research explores multiple factors that regulate our sleep, and what happens when these processes become disregulated.

Alongside this, there is public health interest in sleep, in part because the relationship between sleep and health is circular; poor sleep can be both cause and consequence of other health problems including physical and mental health difficulties. Sleep is also something we can easily take for granted, or restrict, by living in a 24/7 society, if we don’t recognise its importance for our health and wellbeing.

The work for A Good Night’s Sleep was developed using data from Laura’s personal overnight sleep study (Polysomnography – “PSG”). Polysomnography enables sleep technologists and clinicians to understand the quality and quantity of an individual’ sleep in a clinical setting, and makes the invisible processes of sleep visible. This dataset includes electroencephalography EEG, heart rate, blood oxygenation and Electrocardiogram (ECG). Working with it enabled conversations with medical technologists, and clinicians about how PSG data is used in diagnosis.

view into a long narrow room with a projection on the end wall and art work along each side wall.

Laura Madeley’s installation – A Good Night’s Sleep (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

Close up of two walls at right angles. End wall has an image projected onto it, the other wall has abstract art in geometric shapes.

Laura Madeley’s installation – A Good Night’s Sleep (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

A Deep Connection: Urban Trees and Health Human Health in Cities

A Picture of Health depends on human beings living in harmony with the life support systems sustaining us – the air we breath, the water we drink, the food we eat, the weather we experience as well as the economics that support us, the culture that nourishes us, the medicine that treats us and the rights that we enjoy.   Individuals are an integral part of complex systems – and so are the trees.

A Deep Connection was made in creative dialogue with scientists working on Diet and Lifestyle, the Health of Trees and Environmental Impacts & Ageing and Antimicrobial Resistance & Infection. 

Initially supplying medical and environmental research papers Phil Barton then held two creative workshops to consider the scientific similarities and differences of a picture of health for people and urban trees.   Together they brainstormed, wrote poetry, drew and deliberated. Many elements of the finished artwork reflect these interactions.

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A triptych on a wall framed by a large light blue circle. The triptych (a large scale woodcut print)depicts a red tree and its roots. The image is superimposed by two green human shaped networks at each side of the tree.

Phil Barton’s work- A Deep Connection (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

Three people stand in front of a triptych depicting a red tree and its roots.

Phil Barton’s work- A Deep Connection (Photo-Jody Kingzett)

The Centre Cannot Hold

Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley, Teresa Zerafa Byrne

‘The Centre Cannot Hold’ is a joint work produced by artists Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley and Teresa Zerafa Byrne, in response to Professor Oliver Howe’s, talk on representations of mental illness, with focus on psychosis, in the popular press.

Composed of nine mixed media canvases, the piece uses metaphor to explore common threads between three seemingly disparate ‘conditions’: dementia, schizophrenia and effects of trauma. In doing so it calls the viewer to consider their assumptions around common categorisations: health vs illness, neurological vs psychological and different diagnostic labels.


A collection of 9 square artworks of varying sizes hanging on a white wall.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Work by Lottie Bolster, Rowan Riley, Teresa Zerafa Byrne : The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Close up of an embroidered canvas.

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Close up of work by Lottie Bolster: The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Close up of an embroidered canvas with abstract shapes painted in bright colours

A Picture of Health pop up exhibition at Elephant West November 2019 (Close up ‘Remove’ by Teresa Zerafa Byrne: The Centre cannot hold -2019.)

Held in the Gaze: consists of three artworks – Heart, Dream-Catcher, Accuracy &Trust

Held in the Gaze, is a response to the phrase “A Picture of Health” by three artists for whom health and conversations about it are central to their practice. By investigation and art-making they seek to bring insights from current research in the medical field, that involve machine learning and link to the rich history of diverse ‘ways of knowing’. Under the theme of Big data and Artificial Intelligence, their anchor for a Picture of Health is how we are seen as patients and when computer representations of ourselves are central to a clinical consultation. 

Held in the Gaze consists of three pieces: Heart; Accuracy and Trust and Dream-Catcher Machine, exploring the medical and algorithmic gaze.

Heart is a robotic work simulating a heart beat. It examines whether medical diagnostic imaging tools truly represent our internal physiology.

Accuracy and Trust explores the tension between the need of greater data for accuracy, and our trust in the system collecting it.

Dream-Catcher Machine creates a space for participants to enter, with images gathered from the artists’ learning journey with doctoral student Jonny Jackson in the field of medical imaging and data science.

A wide paper banner with three sets of cartoons.

Held In The Gaze 2019-Lois Bentley, Riko Yasumiya, Rose Mengmei Zhou 5 Jonny Jackson

Held In The Gaze 2019- Lois Bentley, Riko Yasumiya, Rose Mengmei Zhou 5 Jonny Jackson

Emergent – Open Studio

On 3 December 2019 MA Art and Science held their annual Open Studio event, invited the public into the studio to engage with their emerging interdisciplinary practice through exhibitions, experiments, interactions and performances.

Here are some of the highlights…




Di Wingate’s studio space and work.

Sculpture that suspense a log by a log clawMariana Heilmann’s studio space and network experiment.

Marks made on Oscar Towe’s back through his performance work.


Colin Clark’s studio space and work.


Foreground:Richard Paton’s work. Background: Debi-Sara’s work.


Chenglu (Clitie)Bao’s work.


Phil Barton in front of his work.


Debi-Sara Wilkinson’s work


Debi-Sara Wilkinson’s work


Louise Crawford’s studio space and work.


Claire Mc Dermott’s studio work



Claire Mc Dermott’s studio work

Various artworks against a backdrop of a giant machinery.

CERN travelling exhibition programme

Following the annual research study trip to CERN in January 2019, a series of international exhibits, sponsored by CERN across Europe, featured works by MA Art and Science artists. Andy Charalambous, a longtime CERN collaborator and Visiting Tutor on MA Art and Science, spearheaded the exhibitions in coordination with Michael Hoch of Art@CMS. This outreach initiative of the CMS experiment at the Large Hadron Collider, the world’s largest and most powerful particle accelerator, has provided numerous opportunities for MA Art and Science students across the continent.
From May to November 2019, our artists joined colleagues from across Europe in a series of exhibits, including in Geneva, Switzerland, at CERN headquarters; in Ghent, Belgium, at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts (KASK); and in Sofia, Bulgaria, at the Sofia Tech Park.
Curated by MA Art and Science students, the exhibits provided exceptional opportunities for collaboration with scientists and fellow artists, exposure to broader arts communities in Europe, and the chance to build long-term relationships going forward.
Abstract brown poster with white words
Origin Poetics poster

Exhibition, CERN headquarters, July 2019. Hannah Brown’s work in foreground.

Exhibition space at KASK building in Ghent. Diane Wingate’s work in the foreground : Disregard # 3- 2019, Screen print on paper , 70 x 100cm.

Andy Charalambous’s work in foreground.

CSM Art & Science student and alumni exhibition at CERN during the Open Days event at the CMS experiment. Pictured in foreground, Mariana Heilmann’s work from her Energy Series – biro and acrylic on wooden panel.

Exhibition at Sophia. Yang Li’s work in foreground: Artificial Amber.
ORIGIN POETICS “Zwarte Zaal”,  Exhibition, KASK, Ghent, July 2019 (Lois Bentley’s triangular sculpture: Magnetic Resonance – triangulated sheet steel, collaged UV print, neodymium magnets.
A child throwing dried leaves into the air

Day of Action to Remember Nature

Tranquil City Collaboration: 2019

Some of us teamed up with Tranquil City to create a workshop activity to be included in the Mayor of London’s National Park City Festival. Tranquil City is a charitable organisation running ‘tranquil’ walks which encourage contemplation, discovery and an engagement with the local history and urban environment in London.

Specifically aimed at the local community in Newham, we asked participants to use words to co-create a skyline of the River Lea. We hoped participants would be able to write their thoughts, feelings and hopes in spaces earmarked for immanent development. The event took place in July at Cody Dock and again in the Olympic Park.

a photo of the River Lea with the words 'wellbeing and the national park city, Tranquil City, UAL, Codydock. Mayor of London, London National park City'.

Codydock Flyer, July 2019


a hand drawing words onto the rRver Lea skyline

Word Drawing at Codydock, 2019

a group of people leaning over and adding to the word-drawing

Olympic Park


Motion capture of the performance sequence at the XRLab at the University of Westminster. Here, Piotr wearing a motion capture suit. Photo by Danmei Luo

Studio-Lab of Art & Science 2019 // 3.14 Realities

Claire with some of the research material of the Akimbo project

Claire McDermott with some of the research material of the Akimbo project

SLoAS (Studio Lab of Art and Science) is a platform for diverse practitioners to traverse the boundaries of art and science, exploring the possibilities for purposeful change and enduring collaborations where these two fields meet.

The flagship of SLoAS project is a residency that brings together students from different disciplines in order to explore new ways of seeing and understanding our world. Hinging around a given theme, the semi-structured programme takes place in both ‘lab’ (technology/science) and ‘studio’ (art) environments comprising of thinking-strategy sessions, practical inductions, expert mentoring, critique of works, informative talks and experimental workshop time resulting in a final showcase. Unconventional collisions are encouraged where fine artists meet scientists and technologists meet designers.


First day collaboration enhancement exercise by Cai Zhang at Central Saint Martins, Archway

First day collaboration enhancement exercise by Cai Zhang at Central Saint Martins, Archway. Photo by Danmei Luo

Motion capture of the performance sequence at the XRLab at the University of Westminster. Here, Piotr wearing a motion capture suit. Photo by Danmei Luo

Motion capture of the performance sequence at the XRLab at the University of Westminster. Here, Piotr Cichocki wearing a motion capture suit. Photo by Danmei Luo

Claire and Feng doing some hands-on making at the Casting Workshop at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross. Photos by Feng Quinming

Claire McDermott and Feng Quinming doing some hands-on making at the Casting Workshop at Central Saint Martins, Kings Cross. Photos by Feng Quinming

Testing the AR app at the XRLab at the University of Westminster. Here is Maritina's AR Self 'in' the XR Lab. Photo by Maritina Keleri

Testing the AR app at the XRLab at the University of Westminster. Here is Maritina’s AR Self ‘in’ the XR Lab. Photo by Maritina Keleri


MA Art & Science participants: Claire McDermott, Feng Quinming, Lois Bentley, Maritina Keleri 


From the 10th to the 14th of June 2019, SLoAS presented its first event, 3.14 Realities. It brought together students from the MA Art & Science and the BSc Digital Media Development at the University of Westminster Department of Computer Science & Engineering, for a creative week of work that included workshops, talks from guests from UAL, UCL and the Sainsbury-Wellcome Centre, mentoring session from tutors of both participating universities and finally a pop-up public exhibition on Friday the 14th of June at the Exposed Arts Projects.

Inspired by the fact that nowadays we expand our presence to the physical, psychological and virtual reality, the participants were invited to imagine what the tools of understanding their environment could be, should they lack the access to one of the three realities. Τhe students responded to the brief by creating the Akimbo project which consisted of three parts; the first was a statement about the fact that our Physical Self will carry on changing while our Data Self, will potentially remain unchanged – an idea that was expressed with a small installation of melting candles, copies of 3D prints of the 3D scans of the participants; the second was a question about how our Physical/Psychological Self can relate to our Virtual/Augmented Self – the guests at the pop-up exhibition were invited to interact with a sequence of repeating moves that the participants’ AR Selves were performing ‘in’ the room; the third and final part of the project was an experiment on the capability of an AR portable performance application to effect the mood of the user – the AR performance, of the second part, was loaded on smartphones where the guests were invited to interact with AR targets that were dispersed in several places in the room. This is an ongoing experiment.

Akimbo performance. Photo by Danmei Luo

Akimbo performance. Photo by Danmei Luo

Akimbo candles installation. Photo by Danmei Luo

Akimbo candles installation. Photo by Danmei Luo

Akimbo AR App. Photo by Rose Zhou

Akimbo AR App. Photo by Rose Zhou

The exchange of ideas from the very first day, with the collaboration enhancement exercises that formed the performance’s sequence and the project kick-starting workshop, the guest talks on Wednesday the 12th and the induction on AR and VR technologies at the XR Lab of the University of Westminster with the support that the technicians offered, led to a project that included performance, AR technology, and hands-on making. The participating students coming from both art and science/technology courses, collaborated and inspired each-other by giving an example of what the artistic or the technological method look like. On the last day of the SLoAS programme, the team had to curate a presentation of their projects and be critiqued; a final exercise, which while it was challenging, it did add to their experience as for how to present concepts and research to the public.

Critique after the presentation. Susan Aldworth giving her approach to the works. Photo by Danmei Luo

Critique after the presentation. Susan Aldworth giving her approach to the works. Photo by Danmei Luo

SLoAS 2019 pop-up exhibition, team, participants and tutors. Photo by Danmei Luo

SLoAS 2019 pop-up exhibition, team, participants and tutors. Photo by Danmei Luo


SLoAS started as a student initiative by a group of 2nd Year students at the MA Art & Science, in 2019. After its pilot event it aims to carry on, including more students of the course and rest of UAL, as well as, more collaborations with other institutions and organisations of art, science and technology.


The programme was funded by the Student Initiative Fund (Arts Student Union) and supported by UAL, University of Westminster, the XR Lab and the Exposed Arts Projects.


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