BIOGRAPHY

Heather Barnett is an artist, researcher and educator working with natural phenomena, complex systems and biological design, often in collaboration with scientists, artists, participants and organisms. Using diverse media including printmaking, photography, animation, video, installation and participatory experimentation, and working with living materials and imaging technologies, her work explores how we observe, represent and understand the world around us. Current work includes ‘The Physarum Experiments’, an ongoing ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould; Animal Collectives Leverhulme Artist in Residence with Swansea University; and ‘Nodes and Networks’, a series of collective interdisciplinary biosocial experiments.

Heather has held Research Fellowships at the University of Sussex and the London School of Economics, and consulted on arts, health and science projects for organisations such as Willis Newson, the Science Museum, and the Wellcome Trust. As Artist in Residence, Heather has worked 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), and the New Institute (Rotterdam), and Observatory (New York). Commissions include the Postgraduate Medical Institute (Anglia Ruskin University, 2012), Flow (Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit, 2011), Small Worlds (The Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University, 2007) and The Other Flower Show (Victoria and Albert Museum, 2003).

She is Pathway Leader on the MA Art and Science at Central Saint Martins (University of the Arts London), a Higher Education Academy National Teaching Fellow, regularly consults on interdisciplinary art and science curriculum, and chairs London LASER, a regular talks series exploring art and science. She also led the Broad Vision art/science research and learning project at University of Westminster from 2010-2015.

CV

RESIDENCIES | COMMISSIONS
Crowd Control, Arebyte Gallery, London (2017)
Animal Collectives, Swansea University, UK (2017)
The Swarm Lab, New Jersey Institute of Technology, US (2016)
L’Autre Pied
Restaurant, London (2014)
Slime Mould Mapping, Edinburgh Science Festival (2014)
Imagine Science Films, New York (2013)
Proto… Meta… Intra…, Anglia Ruskin University, Medical Research Institute (2011)
Flow, Guy’s Hospital Chemotherapy Day Unit (2010)
Small Worlds: the art of the invisible, Museum of the History of Science, Oxford University (2007)
Cellular Wallpapers, Selfridges, London (2007)
In Search of the MaelstrømBOX, Arts & Business (2007)
Rooted, The Other Flower Show, Victoria & Albert Museum, London (2004)
Trace Elements, Infoterra Satallite and Aerial Imaging Company (2002)
As Nature Intended?, National Botanical Garden of Wales (2001)
Pathological, Poole Hospital Pathology Department (2000)

KEY PROJECTS | GRANTS
Lead Artist: Crowd Control, Arebyte Gallery, London (July 2017)
Leverhulme Artist in Residence Grant: Animal Collectives, Swansea University (March – November 2017)
Research Grant: Nodes and Networks, School of Visual Art, New York (2015)
Project Lead: Broad Vision art/science research and learning, University of Westminster (2010-2015)
Lead Artist: Space for Personalised Learning, DEGW architecture/education research project (2009-2011)
Lead Artist: Comfort Zone, All Change & Emirates (Wellcome Trust funded) (2009-2010)
Artist: Project Faraday, DfES/ White Design (2007)
Lead Artist: Playing God?, All Change & Sadler’s Wells (Wellcome Trust funded) (2007)
Research Grant: Into the Light: Bernard Shaw & Photography (Book) (2007)
Lead Artist: Skin Deep, All Change & Sadler’s Wells (Wellcome Trust funded) (2003)
Bursary Award: Medical Identities, City of Westminster Arts Council (2000)
Curator/Artist: Invisible Body, (Wellcome Trust funded) (1999)

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

Nonhuman Networks Art Laboratory Berlin (2017)
Anthropocene Island, Tallinn Architecture Biennale, Estonian Museum of Architecture (2017)
Testing Station [Crowd Control] – arebyte gallery, London (2017)
Menagerie of Microbes
– Bio and Beyond, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2016)
In Visible Substance
 – L’Autre Pied, London (solo) (2014)
BioDesign: On the Cross-Pollination of Nature, Science and Creativity – The New Institute, Rotterdam (2013)
Cut/Paste/Grow – The Observatory, New York (2013)
The Physarum Experiments – Margate Photo Fest (2012)
Anatomy – Cob Gallery, London (2011)
Skin – Wellcome Collection (2010)
an-Aesthetic – Tactile Bosch, Cardiff (2008)
Small Worlds: the art of the invisible – Museum of the History of Science, Oxford (2007)
Medicine Now – Wellcome Collection, London (permanent display, 2007 >)
Diagnose: Art & Medicine – Kunst Museum Ahlen, Germany (2006)
Cellular – Wallace Space, London (2006)
Truth & Beauty – Q Arts, Derby (2005)
Metamorphosis – Friese Greene Gallery & University of Sussex, Brighton (solo) (2004)
Invalid – Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London (2004)
Future Face – The Science Museum, London (2004)
The Other Flower Show – Victoria and Albert Museum, London (2004)
Self-ish – Scicult, London (2004)
Trace Elements – Infoterra, Leicester / Sightlines, Basingstoke (solo) (2003)
Truth & Beauty – Two10 Gallery, London (2002)
As Nature Intended? – National Botanic Garden of Wales (solo) (2001)
Pathological – Poole Hospital and Poole Arts Centre (solo) (2000)

COLLECTIONS
The Wellcome Trust / Wellcome Collection / London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine / Whiteleys of Bayswater / National Botanic Garden of Wales / Infoterra / L’Autre Pied / Private collections

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE
Pathway Leader MA Art and Science
(0.4), University of the Arts London (2016 >)
Lecturer MA Art and Science (0.4), University of the Arts London (2013 – 2016)
Senior Lecturer in Art / Science (0.4), University of Westminster (2013 – 2015)
Broad Vision Project Lead: art/science research and learning project (2010-2105)
Senior Lecturer in Photography (0.4), University of Westminster (2007 – 2013)
Visiting Lecturer in Art & Science, Photography, Media and Digital Art: Royal College of Art, University for the Creative Arts, Swansea School of Art & Design, University of Northumbria at Newcastle, The London Institute, University of Westminster, University of the Arts London (1999 >)

OTHER EDUCATIONAL WORK
Associate Artist:
All Change Arts (1999-2010)
Gallery/ Community Education: Managing / delivering arts education projects with diverse organisations and groups including: The Photographer’s Gallery, Pitt Rivers Museum, British Museum, Chisenhale Gallery, Wycombe Museum, City of Westminster Arts Council, Lighthouse Poole, Barnado’s, MIND, Russell Coates Museum, St Giles Trust, Croydon Museum (1992 – 2010)

FELLOWSHIPS | AWARDS
National Teaching Fellow, Higher Education Academy (Awarded 2012)
Winner of the BBH Award for Best Use of Visual Art in Healthcare (2011) for Flow
Learning and Teaching Fellow, University of Westminster (Awarded 2011)
Visiting Fellow, Institute of Social Psychology, London School of Economics & Political Science (2006-2008)
Research Fellow in Art & Science, University of Sussex, AHRB/ACE funded (2003- 2004)

CURATION | CONSULTANCY
Menagerie of Microbes – Bio and Beyond, Summerhall, Edinburgh (2016)
Cross-disciplinary Electives Facilitator
: development of a series of university wide interdisciplinary modules, University of Westminster (2015)
Creative Consultant & Training Facilitator: Willis Newson, Arts in Health (2012)
Art Consultant: The Wellcome Trust & The Science Museum exhibitions:
Anatomies of Pain / Treat Yourself: health consumers in a medical age (2002-2003)
Curator: Invisible Body, Commissioned and managed 12 arts/science collaborations, project culminating in a public art exhibition and educational events (1999)

OTHER PROFESSIONAL INTERESTS
London LASER: Chair of art & science talks series in association with Leonardo / ISAST (2014 >)
Recorder for the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association (2016 >)
External examiner / consultant / peer reviewer: advising on interdisciplinary curriculum development and reviewing existing courses
The Slime Mould Collective – founding member of interdisciplinary research network (2009 >)
micro-designs: Creative Director of biologically inspired design company (2007 >)

PUBLICATIONS

Co-editor, The Subjective Lives of Others; Interalia magazine, September 2017

Books
Barnett, H., [ed] (2012). Broad Vision: Inspired by… Images from Science. London, University of Westminster.
Barnett, H. & Smith, J.R.A., [ed] (2011). Broad Vision: The Art & Science of Looking. London, University of Westminster.
Barnett, Heather & Holloway, Will (2011); Flow: Guy’s Hospital Cancer Day Unit Art Project, print on demand

Papers/Chapters
Barnett, H. The Liquidity of Knowledge: learning across disciplinary divides in For the Love of Learning, Palgrave Macmillan (2013)
Barnett, H & Lange, S., Fluid networks and emergent learning: an interdisciplinary case study. Mutamorphosis conference proceedings, CIANT, Prague (2012)
Barnett, Heather and Smith, John R. A. (2013) Broad Vision: the Art & Science of Looking, The STEAM Journal: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 21.
Barnett, Heather & Shinkle, Eugenie; Mobilising Ideas: ctlad conference, New York, USA; published in: Enhancing Curricula: using research and enquiry to inform student learning in the disciplines, ed: Houghton, Nicholas; Centre for Learning and Teaching in Art & Design (cltad), 2008: 4th International Conference
Barnett, Heather & Whittle, Robert; Drawing the Line, Leonardo Journal, Vol 39, No 5 2006

Heather Barnett, TED talk

MEDIA

The Creeping Garden
 feature length documentary film [contributor] (2013-14)
Hampton Court Garden Show, BBC2 [interview] (July 2004)
Get Gardening, HTV [feature] (November 2001)
Double Yellow, BBC Wales [feature] (October 2001)

TALKS | LECTURES | WORKSHOPS

2017
Crowd Control, collective behaviour experiments, arebyte gallery, London
Experiments in Elasticity, keynote speaker for ELIA Conference, Central Saint Martins
The Physarum Experiments, invited speaker at The Experiment Symposium, Tokyo (CSM/TokyoTech)
Systems Games Nights, arebyte gallery, London

2016
Walking with Science, moderated talk with artists Anaïs Tondeur and Crystal Bennes at New Scientist Live Festival, London
Systems Games STEAM workshop for educators (via roaming robot), The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
Systems Games Night open workshop, Qlab, New York
Being Slime Mould, Social Evolution Field Course, Rockefeller University, New York State
Working with the microbial collective, BioChanges, Royal College of Art, London
The Physarum Experiments, ASCUS Lab, Summerhall, Edinburgh
Slime Mould Boot Camp, Central Saint Martins, London

2015
Designing with biological behaviours, Royal College of Art, London
Material Mechanical, Science Museum, London
Being Slime Mould, Lab Project, London
Biology and Art: learning from nature, The Conference, Malmö
The Physarum Experiments, BLAST, Bournemouth
Being Slime Mould, Open Embodiments conference, Tucson, Arizona
The Physarum Experiments, BOM, Birmingham

2014
Collective Intelligence, FT Innovate, London
Towards a Third Culture?, Overgaden, Copenhagen
The Physarum Experiments, TED Salon, Berlin
All About Imaging: Transactions, University of Westminster, London (Chair)
Between and Across Disciplines, GV art gallery, London
The Physarum Experiments, The Society for Biology, London

2013
Broad Vision, HEA Seminar, University of Westminster, London
Science, Imagination & the Illustration of Knowledge, Oxford University Museum of Natural History (Chair)
The Physarum Experiments, Sussex University

2012
Broad Vision, Mutamorphosis Conference, CIANT, PragueSave
Broad Vision, University of Westminster, London
Flow, Artists & Architects, LAHF, Great Ormond Street Hospital. London
The Physarum Experiments: Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto
Broad Vision: Subtle Technologies Festival, Toronto

2011
The Physarum Experiments: University of the Arts, London
Broad Vision, University of Westminster
The Physarum Experiments: GenSpace, New York

2008
Mobilising Ideas: ctlad conference, New York

2005
Description & Creativity: Cambridge University
Art/Science: Massey University, Wellington

2004
Big Blip: science/art forum, Brighton

2002
A Meeting of Minds?: Southern Arts Science/Art symposium, UK

2001
Crossing paths: WWACN science/art conference, UK

2000
Disembodied: Symposium, Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts, UK