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Applications are now open for the medical art workshop Anatomy & Beyond held from 21 to 23 May at the Art Academy of Latvia. This is a unique opportunity for Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) healthcare and medical students, residents and doctoral students.

British medical artist Andrew Carnie will be visiting Riga in May to conduct an interdisciplinary creative workshop at the Art Academy of Latvia. The target audience of the workshop are art and design students from the Art Academy of Latvia and healthcare and medical students from RSU. The workshop will focus on the opportunities provided by modern technologies and speculations about the anatomy of the human body in the future. Participants will get a chance to learn about Andrew Carnie’s work methods and his experience in collaborating with researchers. In addition, they will be challenged to develop their own medical art project.

Language: English
5 place available to RSU students

Registration deadline: 17 May
Please apply via e-mail to anatomijas[pnkts]muzejsatrsu[pnkts]lv (). Attach a short description about the participant and their motivation for wanting to participate.
Contact: Ilze[pnkts]Sirmaatrsu[pnkts]lv (), 26525466.

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Enlightened. Monotype print. Optogenetics project. Andrew Carnie, Susan Aldworth. 2015

Workshop Programme

  • Day 1, 21 May




Introduction and opening speech ‘Self and Non Self’
Sources of inspiration in anatomy and other medical sciences for artworks by Andrew Carnie, seeing ourselves through a sense of the “other”.


Lecture ‘A Change of Heart’
A Change of Heart is an art project by Andrew Carnie at the Toronto General Hospital that is oriented towards social aspects of heart transplant surgery and the perception of embodiment.


Practical introductory tasks


Lunch break


Individual and group work: development of own Anatomy & Beyond project

  • Day 2, 22 May


Lecture ‘Illuminating the Self’
Illuminating the Self is an art project by Andrew Carnie and a team of interdisciplinary researchers in cooperation with Newcastle University and University College London. The project aims to develop a cortical implant for optogenetic (involving the use of light) neural control for patients with epilepsy.


Continued work on individual projects


Lunch break


Project presentation and analysis at the present stage of development


  • Day 3, 23 May


Discussion ‘Cyborg Open Discussion: some interesting legal and ethical issues pertaining to the body’
Discussion about humans merging with technologies and electronic devices, ethical and legal aspects and their impact on medicine and anatomy.


Continued work on individual projects


Lunch break


Preparation for project presentations at their current development stage 


Project presentations, discussions

About the workshop leader

Andrew Carnie (pictured) is an artist and academic. He is currently part of the Fine Arts teaching team at Winchester School of Art, University of Southampton, England. He studied chemistry and painting at Warren Wilson College, North Carolina, then zoology and psychology at Durham University, and fine art at Goldsmiths College, London. Andrew completed his Master’s degree at the Painting School, Royal College of Art. He has been cooperating with researchers from a variety of fields and has a special interest in neurology. His works explore how a new sense of self might be constructed through contemporary scientific discovery, imagery, and anatomy.

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About the project

This is the second year of cooperation between two higher education institutions – Rīga Stradiņš University and the Art Academy of Latvia. This is the second medical art workshop gathering art, design and medical students. Artworks and cooperation projects developed during the study process and the workshops will be on display within the framework of the 47th Congress of the International Medical Historians Association in 2020.

Anatomy & Beyond is a medical art project held in Riga which was initiated by the Belgian medical artist and curator Pascale Pollier in cooperation with the RSU Institute of the History of Medicine, the RSU Anatomy Museum and Pauls Stradiņš Museum for the History of Medicine. The main aim of the project is to strengthen the historical link between medicine and art by fostering new interdisciplinary forms of cooperation.

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RSU Anatomy Museum