Louise Mackenzie is a UK based artist working across installation, sound, sculpture, performance and film. Through process-based and performative practice, she considers the relationship between concept and material, manifesting in works that explore themes of human progress, evolution, production, and waste. Recent work has focused on questions of progress in the context of science and our inextricable relationship to microbial life, through explorations of sound, language and process in the laboratory and in the wild.
Recent projects and works have included Lumiere Durham 10th Anniversary 2019 (UK), Ways of Working, 2019, BALTIC39, Newcastle, (UK); Pithos (One Possible Story of our Lively Material), 2019, Edinburgh (UK); Tentacular Resonances, 2018, at Generator, Dundee and Fort Process, Newhaven (UK); Contemporary Connections, 2017, Edinburgh International Science Festival (UK); Photo España 2016, Madrid (Spain); Gravitational Wave Space Station 2016, Shanghai (China) and Abandon Normal Devices 2015, Grizedale (UK). Louise received the New Graduate Award at Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival, 2013 and an honorary mention at the Bio Art & Design Awards, The Netherlands, 2015. Louise holds a PhD in Fine Art from BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art, is an Associate of the Institute of Genetic Medicine at Newcastle University and a member of Northumbria University's fine art research group: The Cultural Negotiation of Science.