Andrew Carnie

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Andrew Carnie works across art and science, at times working closely with scientists in a range of fields, developing and presenting time based installations and video works many considering the human mind body relationship. Painting, sculpture, photography and print are also part of his practice. He trained as a painter at Goldsmiths, London University and in the painting school of the Royal College of Art and currently teaches at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton.

His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, solo shows include; Under Canvas, Giray Gallery, London (1998); Disperse, Amnesty International Headquarters, London (2002), Embark, Millais Gallery, Southampton (2002), Complex Brian, British Association of Science Festival, Exeter (2004); Slices and Snapshots, Stanley Picker Gallery, Kingston (2004); Dendritic Form, GV Art Gallery, London (2010) and A Change of Heart, Discovery Centre, Winchester (2013).

Major group exhibitions include Coming of Age: The Art and Science of Aging, Great North Museum, Newcastle (2011); Images of the Mind, The Moravian Gallery, Brno, Czech Republic (2012) and Museum of Hygiene, Dresden, Germany (2011); Brainwave: Common Sense, Exit Art, New York, USA (2008); Hygiene – the art of public health, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (2002); Head On, Science Museum (2002); Brains: Mind as Matter, Wellcome Trust, London (2012); Fundamentally Human, Pera Museum, Istanbul, Turkey (2011) and The Brian Project, Daejeon Museum of Art, Daejeon, South Korea (2014).

Andrew was the Picker Fellow at Kingston University in 2003. His work is included the survey of art being made at the cutting edge of science, in Art + Science Now by Stephen Wilson (ISBN: 978-0500238684 Thames & Hudson, 2010)

Carnie is currently developing work for the GOLA project (Gift of Life Anonymity) following on from Hybrid Bodies: An Artistic Investigation into the Experience of Heart Transplantation, (PHI Centre Montreal, Canada, 2014) a continuing major art/medicine research and presentation collaboration with Alexa Wright (UK) and Ingrid Bachman (Canada) along with medical research teams from Toronto General Hospital and the University of Toronto Health Network. 

Andrew is also collaborating with Susan Aldworth on lluminating the Self with a team of 30 neuroscientists, engineers and clinicians from the CANDO project to explore the ethical, philosophical and personal implications of the cutting-edge brain implants developed by the CANDO team to control focal epilepsy. Aldworth and Carnie will bring both critical and personal perspectives to the CANDO project, by talking to people living with epilepsy and exploring notions of human hybridity.

Illuminating the Self is currently showing in two concurrent exhibitions at Hatton Gallery (until 9 May 2020) and Vane (until 29 February 2020) in Newcastle. Illuminating the Self is curated by Lucy Jenkins and funded by the Wellcome Trust. CANDO (Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics using Optogenetics) is a world-class, cross-disciplinary project to develop an alternative treatment for some focal epilepsies using light from a small brain implant to modulate abnormal activity and so prevent the development of seizures. As well as the implant, the therapy will also require the genetic alteration of some brain cells to make them light sensitive. The goal of this project is to create a successful first-in-human trial in epilepsy patients.

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