Space and Satellites Artist Residency – Work in Progress: Stacey Hunter & Ben Hymers

The team includes Dr Stacey Hunter, Ben Hymers, data visualisation designers Sam Healy and Brendan McCarthy of Ray Interactive, environmental geophysicist Prof Roy Thompson and air pollution modeller Dr Massimo Vieno of UKCEH.

Dr Stacey Hunter
Stacey curates, writes and produces within a design context; her collaborative exhibitions and projects are known and appreciated for their unconventional approach and broad appeal. She is committed to the development of contemporary design culture in Scotland and enlivening design and craft discourses. In 2015 she founded Local Heroes to present the work of outstanding designers working in Scotland. She collaborates with a diverse range of organisations from airports and art hubs to hotels, hospitals and business associations. In 2017 V&A Dundee named her one of their Design Champions; in 2018 she won Creative Edinburgh’s Leadership Award and in 2019 she was selected by Cove Park to visit Japan for 2 months as design curator in residence at Arts Initiative Tokyo and Creative Residency Arita. Her PhD in Architecture was awarded by The University of Edinburgh in 2015.

Ben Hymers
Ben Hymers is a Weaver and Rug Tufter who has worked on several high-profile projects, designs and exhibitions for Dovecot. He holds an MA (Hons) History of Art degree from the University of Edinburgh, studied Classical Painting Techniques at the Michelangelo Institute in Florence, and time-travelled in Channel 4’sBAFTAnominated 1940s House. Interested in the classical and the magical, Ben is also a Close-up Magician and his work champions the importance of traditional arts and crafts practices in an increasingly digital and distant society.

Prof Roy Thompson, FRSE
Roy taught geophysics at Edinburgh for 35 years; established the Geophysics & Meteorology degree; set (and marked!) more than 1600 different exam questions; and published two books and 150 peer-reviewed scientific papers before retiring from GeoSciences in 2008. Over the years his research interests moved steadily outwards from the Earth’s core to its atmosphere. They began with the geomagnetic field (generated in the core), followed by plate tectonics (driven by mantle convection); surface processes (particularly environmental magnetism); palaeoclimate (lake-sediment records); and more recently atmospheric modelling. His current interests focus on interpreting the iconic carbon dioxide time-series taken atop Mauna Loa; on the key global warming parameter of climate sensitivity; on developing a new climate-economics model; on air-pollution, on fracking; and on Geddes’ vision of the evolution of cities.

*A term used by weaver and tufters for the detailed design used to plot out a tapestry or rug. Weavers traditionally work from a design known as a cartoon. This is painted on cloth or paper at full scale and either attached to the loom or hung behind it.



Running Order

16:00 – 16:05 – Welcome by host, Dave Murray-Rust

16:05-16:15- Introduction to Edinburgh Futures Institute (EFI), Dr Patricia Erskine

16:15 – 16:30 – Talk from artists Dr Stacey Hunter and Ben Hymers

16:30-16:45- Talk from Prof Roy Thompson, School of Geosciences

16:45 – 17:00 – Q&A

* Please note that this webinar will be recorded*

Tickets are free but you must register in advance and a Zoom link will be sent to you to join the event. Register HERE

This is the last talk in the series but you can listen to the previous talks here https://inspace.ed.ac.uk/past-talks/ (more will be added)

The Space and Satellites residencies are funded by the DDI and supported by EFI. The residencies will create a space for exploration and aim to create genuine collaborations between science and creative practice. The residency started on the 1st of May and will culminate in an on-line exhibition from the 13th of July on the Inspace website with the aim to be shown in Inspace later in the year. https://inspace.ed.ac.uk

Online Zoom Webinar