Karen Ingham is an artist and writer and a Reader in Art and Science Interactions at Swansea Metropolitan University. She holds a doctorate in research into historical and contemporary art and science collaborations in the anatomical theatre, and her work is internationally exhibited and disseminated including: MOMA, the ICA London, the Berlin and Edinburgh Film Festivals, the Enter3 Festival Prague, Waag Amsterdam, SCANZ 2011 New Zealand, and The National Museum and Gallery of Wales amongst other venues. She has several publications in distribution with Dewi Lewis Publishing, Ffotogallery Publications, and Seren Books. Ingham’s primary art form is lens-based arts. Major themes are: biomedical discourse and museology, Narrative Remains (2009), the theatre and body of anatomy, Anatomy Lessons (2004); art and neuroscience, Seeds of Memory (2006), Variance (2011) and Piece of Mind Mask Series (2011); mutability and the vanitas, Vanitas:Seed-Head (2005); the photographic memento-mori, Death’s Witness (2001); art, science and technology interactions, Fragile Mass (2008) and taxonomies of natural history, Unnatural Histories (2008). She has received support from The Wellcome Trust, The Arts & Humanities Research Council, The Arts Council of Wales and The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation to exhibit, tour and publish a series of artist’s interventions. These interventions are often staged in exclusive domains such as the Dissecting Room, the Anatomical Museum, and the Medical Research Laboratory. Her practice often addresses the museum space and museology and her fascination with the Wunderkammer (Wonder Chamber) is reflected in her interest in the intersections between art, science and technology.
Public engagement across art and science is also important, as demonstrated by her AHRC ‘Science and Art Research Fellowship’ with the Cardiff Neuroscience Research Group, Seeds of Memory (2005/6), and her film and exhibition Narrative Remains (2009) a collaboration with the Royal College of Surgeons Hunterian Museum in London funded by The Wellcome Trust Arts Awards. She is also a writer and publications include ‘Anatomy Lessons’ (2004), ‘A Dark Adapted Eye’ in Stilled (2006), ‘From Tissue to Text’ in The Journal of Performance Research, Issue 15.1 Memento Mori (2010), ‘Art and the Theatre of Mind and Body’ in The Journal of Anatomy (2010), and ‘The Anatomy Lesson of Professor Moxham’ in (Ed. Maaike Bleeker) Anatomy Live: Performance and The Operating Theatre, University of Amsterdam Press (2008).
Current projects include ‘Variance’ (2011) in collaboration with University College London Galton Collection and ‘Wonder Chamber’ (2012) with Ffotogallery Cardiff and the Arts Council of Wales. Millennium Images London and IRIS International Resource for Women’s Photography represent Ingham and her work is in several collections including The Wellcome Collection, The British Film Institute, Cinenova, and The Lux Centre.
Ingham is currently supervising both MPhil and PhD research students and is involved in a number of research groups in addition to coordinating the Centre for Lens-Based Arts and Science Interaction (www.smu.ac.uk/clasi).
Brett Aggersberg, a PhD investigation into new media arts practices and visibility in mainstream arts curation http://www.aggersberg.com
Laura Jenkins, a PhD research studentship investigating photography as enigma in a post-representational era
Matthews and Allen, two PhD research studentships exploring collaborative practice and dialogic exchange
Selected Publications, Exhibitions, and Conference Presentations:
'Vend: Seeds and Gains', international group exhibition, Venice
Conference presentation and screening of 'Narrative Remains' Cinema and The Museum, CRASSH, Cambridge UniversityAHRC Surveillance and Facial Recognition Networks symposium, Wellcome Library London
'The Blind Pianist', commissioned essay in (Ed.) Barry Plummer, 'Evan Walters: Moments of Vision', SEREN Books, 2011
Screenings of 'Narrative Remains', Medical Museum Copenhagen and Tartu University Medical Museum
'From Tissue to Text' in Memento Mori, Journal of Performance Research Issue 15.1 March 2010
'Art and the Theatre of Mind and Body', Journal of Anatomy, February 2010
Death, Dying and Disposal Conference, screening and paper of Narrative Remains with Simon Chaplin, Durham University
Technarte International Conference on Art and Technology, Bilbao. Speaker and screenings of Vanitas: Seed-Head (2005/6) and Fragile Mass (2008)
Awarded a Major Creative Wales Award.