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 production, waste, the posthuman and nonhuman. Recent work has focused on what Mackenzie terms 'lively material', matter commonly used in laboratory spaces, such as DNA, viruses and single-celled organisms, that has the capacity to act and thus exists on the boundary of what we traditionally consider as 'life'.
Recent projects and residencies have included Pithos (One Possible Story of our Lively Material), Summerhall, 2019; Tentacular Resonances at Generator, Dundee and Fort Process, Newhaven, 2018; Contemporary Connections, Edinburgh International Science Festival, 2017; Photo España, Madrid, 2016; Gravitational Wave Space Station, Shanghai, 2016 and Abandon Normal Devices, 2015. 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.
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