Gina Czarnecki & John Hunt

Gina Czarnecki (b.1965, Immingham) realises her art in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, and site specific works.

Heirloom (2016) by Gina Czarnecki and John Hunt(UK) tests the limits of medical science and the possibility of using cell growth to recapture eternal youth. Looking at the potential impact of innovation on personal identity, and being able to ‘make’ ourselves, artist Czarnecki and scientist Hunt have created a living process of growth tissue, where delicate skin cells frame portraits of Czarnecki’s daughters. Visitors will also be able to explore the rapid prototyping used to develop the bases for these masks, and 3D print model versions of their own faces.

 

Gina Czarnecki (b.1965, Immingham) realises her art in a diverse and often unconventional range of media, including installations, sculpture, video, and site specific works.

 

Czarnecki started her career making animated film and video in the 1980s that focused on philosophical questions through engaging with the visceral, psychological and biological body. Since the mid 1990’s this was combined with her fascination with convergent developments in life sciences and technologies, their possible applications and how this shapes and informs identity. Czarnecki works often in collaboration with musicians, programmers and scientists. She currently lives in Liverpool, UK.

John A. Hunt (b. 1966, U.K.) is a research scientist driving towards providing treatments for healthy ageing and regenerative medicines for chronic diseases and physical trauma, through combining materials with living cells. Merging art with science as living installations in public spaces is how John has got involved in art. The combination of science and art provides a means to cross boundaries - real or imaginary - and ask questions of anyone and everyone and debate any the matters arising.

 

Heirloom is created by Gina Czarnecki and John Hunt, with Saskia and Lola Czarnecki-Stubbs. Developed for display with Medical Museion as part of the EU Creative Europe funded project, Trust Me I’m an Artist. Heirloom is supported using public funding by Arts Council England. Heirloom is a Forma Arts touring production.

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