TABOO - TRANSGRESSION - TRANSCENDENCE
in Art & Science
27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta
The work is part of the project ‘Human’i’ome’ - a slowly developing body of work connected to gut health and the microbiome, which is further related to the circadian bodily rhythms, daylight, and sleep. This is linked to how our brain works and how we think, our mood, and our state of being.
So, the work attempts to reflex the complex interchange that is happening inside us, in the main unbeknownst to us, but affecting us in many, many ways.
Something is living within us, so who are we. The microbiome is very rich and possibly very persuasive and very necessary. There are around 30 trillion cells in a human, but our microbiome is made up of 39 trillion microbial cells. Where the human genome carries some 22,000 protein-coding genes, researchers estimate that the human microbiome contributes some 8 million unique protein-coding genes so there are some 360 times more bacterial genes than there are human genes within us.
Andrew Carnie is a contemporary visual artist practicing in the UK. His main concerns focus upon the interface of art and science, often working in collaboration with scientists, though not exclusively. His approach is media agnostic, using methodologies and media as informed by the context, concepts, and concerns. Large scale installations and environments are a key part of his practice, exploring subjects such as heart transplants, metabolism, and neurological conditions – these immersive works engage audiences in how we see ourselves through the world of science.
Painting and sculpting have an enduring place in his practice, but video, projection, and installation are his primary strengths. He creates environments that are endlessly fascinating around subjects, like heart transplants, metabolism, and neurological conditions that intrigue him, audiences becoming caught up in these transformative works.
He studied at Goldsmiths then the Royal College of Art, London. His practice has been supported by the Arts Council England, the Wellcome Trust, the AHRC, and SHRC and exhibited locally, nationally, and increasingly internationally. Being shown at the Science Museum, London, the Natural History Museum, Rotterdam, the Design Museum, Zurich, Exit Art, in New York, Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, The Great North Museum, Newcastle, the Pera Museum, Istanbul, the Dresden Hygiene Museum, the Morevska Gallery, Brno, and the Daejeon Museum of Art, South Korea, amongst many others.
Recent work has been shown at the CCCB, Barcelona, Brain Observatory, San Diego, Kunsthall Charlottenborg, København, the RSU Anatomical Museum, Riga, and Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas.