Look at ourselves – Andrew Carnie

Wednesday 12th October 2022 11:00AM – 12:00PM
Location/Venue: Parish Church Sidmouth EX10 8LG

In a complex and rapidly changing world, we seek to find our location. We delve to understand ourselves, from our birth, and before, from our genetic history, our family story and our community, if we have one. From the media, the mirror, through our friends’ ideas of us, and importantly and increasingly through the world of science, its images and ideas.

The arts too give us a complex picture of how we are and how we think, especially as they can conjure ideas we cannot spell out or voice, blending elements difficult to consciously think of; subtleties beyond words. We construct our notion of self and our fellow travellers through the ideas that come to us. The arts are an important one because they deal with the subjective experience, much more complex than really anything else out there. And are the arts really, only ‘subjective’, does common experience, common consent actually make them more ‘objective’ than we think? For me, science feeds into my art practice and in my world I attempt to explore some ideas that come from contemporary science that reflect on who and how we are in this world.

Andrew Carnie is a studio-based artist working from Winchester in the United Kingdom. His practice frequently involves a meaningful exchange with scientists. Themes and ideas are often based around neurology, and how we get a sense of ourselves through ideas and images generated by contemporary science.

Carnie 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 SHRCH exhibits locally, nationally and increasingly internationally, having 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, the Daejeon Museum of Art, South Korea, the Riga Anatomical Museum, the Spencer Museum of Art, Kansas, amongst many others. Work is currently being exhibited at the CCCB, Barcelona. See https://www.andrewcarnie.uk

This talk is organised in conjuntion with The Art Society of Sidmouth.