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Art Editorial

andrewhatton.jpg Self discovery

‘Illuminating the Self’ features new work by Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie in response to groundbreaking research led by Newcastle University into developing a new treatment for epilepsy.

The exhibition – which includes further work at Vane Gallery – explores different aspects of the university’s CANDO project (Controlling Abnormal Network Dynamics using Optogenetics). Optogenetics is a biological technique that involves the use of light to control cells in the brain that have been genetically modified to express light-sensitive ion channels. Themes within the two exhibitions include the human perspective of living with epilepsy and the potential impact of technological interventions within the brain. Susan Aldworth and Andrew Carnie (that’s a still from his ‘Blue Matter’ pictured) utilise a range of artistic techniques including large scale video and sculptural installations to explore through art the complex scientific, emotional and ethical issues involved.

Illuminating the Self, until 9 May, Hatton Gallery, Newcastle University. hattongallery.org.uk