Heather Barnett, Creating the Conditions: relinquishing control in art and education
Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with natural phenomena and complex systems. Employing living organisms, imaging technologies and playful pedagogies, her work explores how we observe, influence and understand the world around us.
Drawing on her practice as an artist and an educator, Heather will share considerations for working with intelligent organisms (from humans to slime moulds), the process of unlearning within interdisciplinary practice, and situational public realm research. Discussing methods of co-enquiry and co-creation where emergent outcomes are encouraged, questions will be raised relating to care and control and letting go.
Heather Barnett ‘s recent work centres around nonhuman intelligence, collective behaviour and knowledge distribution, including The Physarum Experiments, an ongoing ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould; Animal Collectives collaborative research with SHOAL Group at Swansea University where she is an Honorary Research Fellow; and a series of publicly sited collective bio/social experiments. She is Pathway Leader on the MA Art and Science and Convener of the Art and Living Systems Lab research group at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), and a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, She chairs London LASER, a regular talks series on the intersections of art and science.
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