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EGENIS seminar series: "Offerings and Interruptions: co-creating with life" Heather Barnett (University of the Arts London)

Egenis seminar series

Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with natural phenomena and biological systems. Working with live organisms, imaging technologies and playful pedagogies, her work explores how we observe, influence and relate to the world around us.

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Recent work centres around nonhuman intelligence, collective behaviour and distributed knowledge systems, including: The Physarum Experiments, an on-going ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould; Animal Collectives collaborative research with SHOAL Group (Swansea University) where she is an Honorary Research Fellow; and a series of publicly sited collective bio/social experiments.

Combining disciplinary methods from art, science and social practice, she will discuss recent work made in ‘collaboration’ with a range of organisms including slime moulds, ants and humans and explore questions of co-creation, control and kinship.

Heather is Pathway Leader on the MA Art and Science and Director of the Art & Living Systems Lab at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, and chairs London LASER, a regular talks series on the intersections of art and science. Heather has held Research Fellowships at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics, and Artist Residencies with diverse organisations including L’Autre Pied Restaurant, Infoterra Remote Sensing Company, and Poole Hospital Pathology Dept. She has exhibited widely in art galleries, science museums and public venues, including the Victoria & Albert Museum, Science Museum, Wellcome Collection (London), the Pompidou Centre (Paris), the New Institute (Rotterdam), and Observatory (New York). Commissions include the Postgraduate Medical Institute (Anglia Ruskin University), Flow (Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit), Small Worlds (The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University) and The Other Flower Show (Victoria and Albert Museum).


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