UK-based artist and lecturer Andrew Carnie was born in 1957. He studied chemistry and painting at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, then zoology and psychology at Durham University, before gaining a BA in Fine Art from Goldsmiths College and an MA in Painting at the Royal College of Art. This diverse educational background allows Carnie to bridge many seemingly diverse fields of investigation ranging from neurology and memory to hygiene and health care. His current work consists primarily of time-based installations.
Carnie has collaborated with scientists from around the world and has produced work exhibited at the Science Museum (London), the Wellcome Trust, the Medical Research Center for Developmental Neurology, Kings College (London), the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (London), Mendel Museum, Abbey of St Thomas (Brno, Czech Republic), and many other institutions. Carnie has written that “The practice of science is not isolated from the world we live in. Science has its politics, its economics, its fashions even. And anecdotally at least, some of the scientists involved in ‘sci-art’ collaborations report an intellectual engagement in them that goes further than personal enjoyment. It’s not just that it allows them to get out of their labs a bit more; it also seems to offer a different way of looking at their own work as scientists. We have all experienced those moments of self-reflective insight brought on by the challenge of explaining to someone outside our natural sphere what it is we do and why.”
Andrew Carnie. All images from WAWWA, for the Space, Architecture, and the Mind conference March 2006, part of Art and Mind, www.artandmind.org.
The work, an examination of the architecture of the body, is projected by eight slide projectors onto a square of voile screens. The piece can be viewed from inside or outside the square. Through a sequence of slides, the various systems and component structures of the body come and go on a gigantic scale, and walking figures come and go through the body forms created.