In a session on biology, artist and researcher Heather Barnett will talk about how she uses an intelligent slime mould in her art practice.
Heather is working in the intersection of art, science and technology, often in collaboration with scientists, artists, participants and organisms. Employing imaging technologies and biological systems, projects include microbial portraiture, cellular wallpapers, performing cuttlefish, and an ongoing ‘collaboration’ with an intelligent slime mould, Physarum polycephalum.
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. 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).