Charlotte Jarvis


  • Charlotte Jarvis
  • Area

    School of Communication


    Visiting Lecturer

  • At the Royal College of Art Charlotte Jarvis organises the More is Different elective with Dr Libby Heany and is a personal Tutor within Information Experience Design. Charlotte is also a Visiting Lecturer in Design Interactions. 

  • Biography

  • Charlotte graduated from Edinburgh College of Art and the University of Edinburgh in 2007, and from her MA in Design Interactions at the Royal College of Art in 2011. Charlotte exhibits internationally in the UK, France, Belgium, The Netherlands, Cyprus, Ireland, Austria, Germany and North America. Recently Charlotte has exhibited at MU Eindhoven, the Wellcome Collection in London, WAAG and Droog in Amsterdam, Naturalis in Leiden and The Science Museum in Dublin.

    Whilst exhibiting her work in the UK and internationally, Charlotte has taught at postgraduate level for over four years. Charlotte collaborates with a number of scientific institutions including The European Bioinformatics Institute, The Netherlands Proteomics Centre, The Hubrecht Institute and Imperial College.

    Charlotte is currently artist in residence at the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht where they are creating the project called Et in Arcadia Ego, in which Charlotte is attempting to grow a tumour, genetically identical to herself, outside her body.  

    In 2013 Charlotte and the Netherlands Proteomics Centre made Ergo Sum, a project in which Charlotte donated skin, blood and urine to stem cell researchers in Leiden. These samples were transformed into stem cells and then used to grow a 'second self' consisting of beating heart tissue, active brain cells and structured blood vessels. Ergo Sum received The Artists and Designers for Genomics Award.  Previously to Ergo Sum, Charlotte collaborated with the NPC on Blighted by Kenning; an Arts Council UK funded project in which the Universal Declaration of Human Rights was encoded into DNA and used to create apples from the tree of knowledge.    

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  • Practice

  • Charlotte Jarvis is an artist and educator working at the intersection between art and science combining fine art practice, design thinking and performance process.

  • External collaborations

  • For the past three years Charlotte has been collaborating with Professor Nick Goldman at The European Bioinformatics Institute and The Kreutzer Quartet. Music of the Spheres utilises recent bioinformatics technology to encode a new musical recording into DNA. The DNA has been suspended in soap solution and used to blow bubbles. The project was launched at 'ARS Electronica' 2013 with a sample recording distributed in the form of bubble bottles at the 'TOTAL RECALL' symposium. It later went on to tour the UK in a number of solo shows including an installation and live performance at Dilston Grove (CGP London).

  • Awards and Grants

  • 2013: The Artists and Designers for Genomics Award for Ergo Sum, created with the Netherlands Proteomics Centre.