Live: An Exhibition of (Un)Natural Selection is a collection of works exploring our society’s severed connections from the natural world. Collating various works from sculpture, projection installation, vertical hydroponics to biomimetic design, Live showcases the life-enhancing potential of reintegrating nature into our everyday spaces.
Live incorporates numerous cross-disciplinary pieces including:
Living Concrete: sculptures exploring the fluid, organic shapes created using a diverse range of fabrics as the mould. This process creates unique, unrepeatable pieces, each with its own hypnotic, alien personality.
A Hanging Garden: using repurposed aeronautical fabric to grow plant life, the piece aims to blend the rigid edges of the spaces we inhabit to create an environment that subconsciously feels more natural to our senses, akin to the ancient practices of Feng Shui and Zen gardens, which likewise strive to bring physical expression to the harmony of the natural world.
Fluid Fixtures: a new building system that overcomes the gap between sterile artificial environments and the natural world. Digitally-designed segments are slotted together, creating naturalistic, flowing shapes. For this exhibition, Johnstone has created a workspace with an integrated hydroponics system to support living plants and to promote motivation, creativity and productivity through biophilic cues and principles.
Hypnotic Projection: created In collaboration with Glasgow-based visual artists at RE-ND-ER-ED, the projection is paired with the science of binaural beats (soundscapes which use specific frequencies to place our minds in calmer, meditative states) creating an ever-changing, evolving backdrop to the exhibition space.
A graduate of Gray’s School of Art and the University of Edinburgh, Johnstone’s work crosses the worlds of design, fashion and art to explore and develop synergies between the natural and artificial and how we can coexist responsibly with nature in a way that improves our mental health and well-being within urban environments.
Location detailsSt. Margaret’s House – Third Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE