Photo: Anna Dumitriu in Brighton, South East

Anna Dumitriu

Artist, Researcher

Anna Dumitriu works in the field of art -science and has a strong interest in the ethical issues raised by emerging technologies. Her installations, interventions and performances use a range of digital, biological and traditional media including live bacteria, robotics, interactive media, and textiles. Her work has a strong international exhibition profile and is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum in London. Dumitriu is known for her work as founder and director of The Institute of Unnecessary Research, a group of artists and scientists whose work crosses disciplinary boundaries and critiques contemporary research practice. She recently completed a Wellcome Trust commission entitled The Hypersymbiont Salon, is collaborating as a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence with the Adaptive Systems Research Group at The University of Hertfordshire (focussing on social robotics) and (Leverhulme Trust 2011) Artist in Residence on the UK Clinical Research Consortium Project Modernising Medical Microbiology at The University of Oxford. Her major international project Trust me I’m an Artist, Towards an Ethics of Art-Science Collaboration, in partnership with the Waag Society in Amsterdam and The University of Leiden, investigates the novel ethical problems that arise when artists create artwork in laboratory settings. She was winner of the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award. read full statement

Location Brighton, South East
Activities Practice-based research, Residencies, Workshops, Participatory projects, Project management
Artforms Digital, Installation, Participatory, Performance, Textiles
Tags bioart, installation, bioscience, bacteria,
Website http://www.normalflora.co.uk

News & Events

  • Guardian Article featuring Anna Dumitriu

    http://www.theguardian.com/culture-professionals-network/culture-professionals-blog/2014/jan/20/art-health-science-culture-medicine

  • Smithsonian Magazine profile of Anna Dumitriu

    http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/artist-dyes-clothes-quilts-tuberculosis-and-staph-bacteria-180949511/?no-ist

  • The Lancet - Review of The Romantic Disease exhibition

    http://download.thelancet.com/pdfs/journals/lancet/PIIS0140673614603925.pdf?id=aaaL4yriwBeST66mZs7ru

  • An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis New Exhibition By Anna Dumitriu - ArtLyst

    http://www.artlyst.com/articles/an-artistic-investigation-of-tuberculosis-new-exhibition-by-anna-dumitriu

  • Anna Dumitriu Embroiders Deadly Bacteria, Antibiotics Into Textiles - Ecouterre

    http://www.ecouterre.com/anna-dumitriu-embroiders-deadly-bacteria-antibiotics-into-textiles/

  • Une créatrice utilise des bactéries pour créer des vêtements - Le Huffington Post, France

    http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2013/11/30/insolite-photos-une-creatrice-utilise-des-bacteries-mode_n_4359719.html

  • Artist infects dresses with 'superbug' bacteria to tell a lethal story

    http://www.treehugger.com/sustainable-fashion/artist-infects-superbug-bacteria-dresses-anna-dumitriu.html

  • Art, Science and the Sublime - 3 Questions with Anna Dumitriu

    http://iainews.iai.tv/articles/art-science-and-the-sublime-3-questions-with-anna-dumitriu-auid-261

  • Fast Co-Exist NYC Interview

    http://www.fastcoexist.com/3020803/stitching-real-superbugs-into-clothing-to-infect-you-with-knowledge

  • New Scientist Interview

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn24432-cosy-quilts-made-of-killer-superbugs.html

  • Symposium: The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis

    24/03/2014
    Watermans, London

    Anna Dumitriu's solo show culminates in a fascinating and accessible multidisciplinary symposium on World TB day 2014.

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  • The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis

    16/01/2014 – 24/03/2014
    Watermans, London

    A major new solo exhibition by Anna Dumitriu which investigates our strange relationship to TB, through installations, altered historical objects and textiles.

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  • The Hypersymbiont Enhancement Dress” on show in “Posthumanist Desire" at MOCA Taipei

    25/11/2013 – 12/01/2014
    Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, Taiwan

    A new work by Anna Dumitriu is on show in this major international exhibition curated by Dr Ming Turner.

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