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New Commission Exploring Tuberculosis Genomics premieres at Moscow EVERART International Festival of Contemporary Art

“Susceptible”

Anna Dumitriu was awarded a DRIVA Arts DRIVA commission and has worked with digital artist Alex May and the CRyPTIC Project (Comprehensive Resistance Prediction for Tuberculosis: an International Consortium) at the University of Oxford (Modernising Medical Microbiology) to create “Susceptible“, a high impact data driven immersive art installation that communicates significant innovations in combatting antibiotic resistance in tuberculosis using bacterial genomics, and explores how heath is a global issue using Gatwick Airport data from before, during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. The project has curatorial support from Irini Papadimitriou, Creative Director of FutureEverything. A video version of the work premiered at the EVERART International Festival of Contemporary Art 2020, an online edition of the Moscow based art festival, on 3rd – 5th July 2020 in an exhibition called “Neural Network Apophenia” curated by Artur Konstantinov. The exhibition continues until August.

Plague Dress in Contagious! at the Rijksmuseum Boerhaave in Leiden

“Plague Dress”

Anna Dumitriu’s Plague Dress will be part of a new exhibition entitled Contagious! at Rijksmuseum Boerhaave, Netherlands. It is a particularly suitable location for the work as the museum was formerly a ‘Pest House’ for the care of Plague victims and holds van Leeuwenhoek’s microscopes, through which he first saw bacteria, in their collection. In a twist of fate, this long planned exhibition opening was delayed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic but the new opening date is planned for 16th July 2020. Check the museum website for visitor information as infection control protocols for visitors will be in place.

Clean Linen, Talisman, The Most Profound Mystery and Relic at the National Centre for Craft and Design

“Clean Linen”

Clean Linen and several works from the Teeth Marks series are part of Body and Mind: Seen and Unseen, a major exhibition at the National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, Lincolnshire, UK. The exhibition ran from 1st February but was temporarily closed due to pandemic precautions. It will re-open from 25th July – 6th September 2020.

“The Most Profound Mystery” (Teeth Marks Series)

ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form at Kunstpalais Erlangen

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” Installation View at HeK Basel

ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” is an underwater robotic installation by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May that explores what ‘life’ might mean in a post-singularity and post-climate change future. Based on new research on archaea (a group of unicellular micro-organisms believed to be the oldest form of life on earth adapted to life in extreme conditions) combined with the latest innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the artists have tried to create the ultimate’ species for the end of the world.

Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany 

ArchaeaBot at Kunstpalais Erlangen (image credit to Alexandre Karaivanov)

“ArchaeaBot” is part of “Survival of the Fittest” at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany. The exhibition opened 29th February 2020 and following the COVID-19 lockdown it reopens from 15th May – 5th September 2020, check website for access details.

Forthcoming ArchaeaBot exhibitions at Kunsthalle Tubingen and CAFAM Beijing

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” Installation View at ZHI Art Museum in Chengdu, China

SUPERNATURAL: Sculptural Visions of the Future at Kunsthalle Tubingen from October 2020

“ArchaeaBot” will be part of SUPERNATURAL: Sculptural Visions of the Future at KUNSTALLE TÜBINGEN, Germany, from 10th October 2020 – 3rd July 2021. The exhibition explores the future of physicality in the age of the Anthropocene.

CAFA Art Museum (CAFAM), Beijing, China from Autumn 2020

“ArchaeaBot” will be part of “Topologies of the Real” at CAFA Art Museum, as part of the CAFAM Techne Triennial in Beijing, China. The exhibition was postponed due to the COVID-19 Pandemic and the new opening date is being planned for Autumn 2020.

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” is the result of collaboration with researcher/cryomicroscopist Amanda Wilson within the framework of the EU MARA project, which is based at Imperial College. Additionally the artists are collaborating with Daniel Polani, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” installation view at Ars Electronica Festival 2018 (photo by Vanessa Graf)

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May have developed this work through an artistic residency at LABoral in Gijon, Spain. The residence is part of the first edition of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), aimed at European artists working with new technologies. The EMAP programme aims to encourage collaboration between artists and institutions using these media. LABoral is part of the network of members of the platform along with ten other prestigious European institutions. “ArchaeaBot” is co-funded by the Creative Europe Programme of the European Union, and The Arts Council England.

“ArchaeaBot” premiered as part of “Error in Progress” at the Ars Electronica Festival in 2018 and has subsequently toured to LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain, Rencontres Bandits-Mages “Unstable Reality and Shifting Knowledge: Mending the Fabric of the World” in Bourges, France, IMPAKT in Utrecht, Netherlands as part of “A World Without Us”, Silbersalz Festival in Halle, Germany, the 18th WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland, HeK in Basel, Switzerland as part of “Entangled Realities – Living with Artificial Intelligence”, Furtherfield in London, UK  as part of “Time Portals”, “On/Off” at the Museum of Ethnography in Lviv, Ukraine, “Oceans 4.0“ at FACT in Liverpool, UK, “Submerge” at the Science Gallery Bengaluru, India and Survival of the Fittest at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany.

Cyberspecies Proximity premieres S+T+ARTS Residencies Days at CENTQUATRE in Paris

“Cyberspecies Proximity” at Centquatre, Paris

The Cyberspecies Proximity project premiered at the STARTS RESIDENCIES DAYS: THE FINAL EVENT from 28th February to 1st March at CENTQUATRE in Paris, France. The project explores what it will mean to share our sidewalks, elevators and transport systems in close proximity with mobile intelligent robots. The Cyberspecies Proximity robot combines the way-finding technologies used in delivery and maintenance robots with an ability to communicate and manipulate our emotions through body-language, embodied in a delicate humanoid form. The work challenges audiences to confront the technological, ethical, and societal questions raised by the advent of urban socially-aware robots. The work was supported via an EU S+T+ARTS Residency and was the result of an in depth residency with the Human Robot Co-mobility Project at Schindler. Further exhibition plans are in development.

ASN/ASSF Art and Science Program with the CHIC Research Project

Biotechnology from the Blue Flower

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May have been awarded an artists residency the explore the innovative biotechnology of chicory plants in their project Biotechnology from the Blue Flower. A work-in-progress exhibition showcasing the initial research from this three year project is being planned. There will be a work-in-progress exhibition Art Science Synergy at the World BioMarkets Conference in Amsterdam in November 2020.

New Commission for the Art/Data/Heath Project and online exhibition with the Regency Townhouse

“Ex Voto: Lockdown Votives” (detail)

Anna Dumitriu has developed a new commission entitled “Shielding” for the Art/Data/Health Project led by Dr Aristea Fotopoulou at the University of Brighton, inspired by the work of community charity RISE. The commission looks at the impact of self-isolation and quarantine due to the COVID-19 Pandemic on the issue of domestic abuse and violence from a global perspective. The project was due to premiere in the enigmatic the Regency Townhouse kitchen space (UK) in May 2020 but the show was postponed due to the pandemic restrictions. In the meantime the Regency Townhouse is hosting an online exhibition of works entitled “Art & Infection: The BioArt of Anna Dumitriu“. The exhibition is now expected to launch on the 24th September and run until 4th October 2020.

Fermenting Futures for the 15th International Congress on Yeasts in Vienna in August 2021

“Fermenting Futures” Work in Progress

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May are working with Professor Diethard Mattanovich to develop a project around the history and future of yeast at the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at the Universitat fur Bodenkultur in Vienna. The project will culminate in an exhibition at the 15th International Congress on Yeasts in Vienna in August 2021 with an extensive linked programme in planning.

New Collaboration with Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art at the University of Western Attica in Athens in October 2020

Anna Dumitriu will undertake a two week residency in the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art at the University of Western Attica in Athens to explore the biology and chemistry of the conservation of antiquities and discuss how these ideas will impact the preservation of contemporary artworks including BioArt works including her own artistic experiments resulting from the visit, thus kick-starting discussions around the preservation of contemporary BioArt in the context of a major institution.

New Collaboration with Dr Jane Freeman at the The Healthcare Associated Infection Group at the University of Leeds

Anna Dumitriu will be collaborating with Dr Jane Freeman at The Healthcare Associated Infection Group at the University of Leeds on a new project around the the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile.

Invisible You: The Human Microbiome as part of Invisible Worlds at Eden Project

“Don’t Try This at Home”

The flagship exhibition Invisible You: The Human Microbiome is part of Invisible Worlds initiative at Eden Project in Cornwall, UK. Check their website for opening times.

“The Human Super-organism”

Invisible Worlds is a major new permanent exhibition that will reveal the world beyond our senses introducing the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments. The ongoing exhibition features Don’t Try This At Home and The Human Super-orgamism.