Louise Mackenzie is an artist and researcher with the Cultural Negotiation of Science research group, Northumbria University, an Associate of the Institute of Genetic Medicine, Newcastle University and holds a PhD in Fine Art from BxNU Institute of Contemporary Art. Working across contemporary visual art practice, new media (bio) art and sound, her research focuses on aspects of progress, production, waste and the more-than-human concept of lively material through process-based and participatory art practice and feminist science studies. Recent research has investigated the use of life as material, specifically, the insertion of synthetic DNA into living organisms and the emotional weight of working with life in the laboratory. Louise was a finalist in the Bio Art & Design Awards 2015 and recipient of the New Graduate Award at Synthesis, Manchester Science Festival, 2013. She has spoken at RE:SOUND 2019, Denmark, TransImage2018 Edinburgh, Leonardo LASER London, ISEA2016 Hong Kong, Bodily Matters UCL London, and Sonic Environments, Brisbane. Her artworks have been exhibited at the National Library of Spain (Madrid), Lumiere (Durham), Summerhall (Edinburgh), BALTIC39 (Newcastle), Bond House (London), Basement 6 Collective (Shanghai) and National Taiwan University of the Arts (Taiwan). UK