Interdisciplinary Conference


in Art & Science

27-29 September 2023, Malta Society of Arts, Valletta

Surya Namaskar
Andrew Carnie

500-gram meteorological balloon, muslin bag, fan, and sensor

The work is conceived as part of the bigger project, Being Human: Seeing Ourselves, which includes wall-mounted drawings, watercolours, drawing machines, and inflatables such as “Surya Namaskar”. These works stem from ideas around metabolism, sunlight, sleep, and vitamin D and represent a journey set up by Carnie as a way of creatively thinking through making around the topic, where ideas are spawned from interactions between the various processes in hand.
In this work, a laser-cut stencil and the image produced by its use on the muslin cover is set to represent a drift from wakefulness and breathing, into sleep, when the work falls silent and deflates, becoming still.
The piece looks like a golden orb, at times reflecting sunlight, the element that plays such an important part in a healthy life.
Sunlight being the trigger for the process of sleep, whereby the gut microbiome creates vitamin D, thus playing a part in the brain’s signalling pathways and inducing sleep.

Andrew Carnie

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.

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