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This page features all the latest exhibition and project news. See the talks and workshops pages for information on those forthcoming events. Find new publications, magazine articles, interviews, TV coverage and podcasts here and new books and catalogues here. For past exhibitions see here or visit the specific project page in the main portfolio or biography information.

Cyberspecies Proximity in BioMedia at ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany until 28th August 2022

“Cyberspecies Proximity” at Centquatre, Paris

Cyberspecies Proximity is part of BioMedia: The Age of Media with Life-like Behaviour a major exhibition at ZKM in Karlsruhe (Germany) from 18th December 2021 to 28th August 2022. Cyberspecies Proximity 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 Cyberspecies Proximity Digital Twin is an interactive screen based version of the work and exhibited in the museum elevator in the form of a personal, time limited performance. The work challenges audiences to confront the technological, ethical, and societal questions raised by the advent of urban socially-aware robots. The project 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.

Solo Exhibition: BioArt Alchemy at Spazju Kreattiv in Malta

Fermenting Futures

Spazju Kreattiv in Malta will host “BioArt Alchemy” a solo exhibition of works by Anna Dumitriu from 16th September 2022 – 30th October 2022. The exhibition will include the Fermenting Futures series, The Plague Dress, The Hypersymbiont Dress, The Communicating Bacteria Dress, the Teeth Marks series, Make Do and Mend, Spindle, Pastorianum, The Cellular Reprogramming Necklace and the Art and Science of Linen.

Solo Exhibition: Collateral Effects at the North Wall Gallery, Oxford, UK

Ex Voto

The North Wall Gallery in Oxford (UK) will host “Collateral Effects“, a solo exhibition of works by Anna Dumitriu, including the premiere of several new pieces and a chance to see the latest instantiation of “Ex Voto” from 6th – 30th October 2022. The exhibition opens 5th October 2022 6pm – 8pm and the artist will give a guided tour on the 6th October 2022.

“How can art help us understand the complex world we are living in? The North Wall is proud to present a solo exhibition of new BioArt works by internationally renowned artist Anna Dumitriu, exploring synthetic biology, genomics, carbon capture, and infectious disease. Collateral Effects reveals unexpected twists in the story of our co-evolution with the microbial world through installations and sculptures created in the lab and the studio.”

Current and Forthcoming Exhibitions of ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form

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

Intelligence Artificielle: Nos Reflets dans la Machine at Le Musée de la Main, Lausanne (Switzerland)

Musee De La Main Exhibition Poster

ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” is part of “Intelligence Artificielle: Nos Reflets dans la Machine” at the Le Musée de la Main, Lausanne in Switzerland, 1st April 2022 to 30th April 2023.

Magic Machines at the Technische Sammlungen in Dresden (Germany)

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” is part of “Magic Machines” at the Technische Sammlungen Dresden in Germany from 30th June to 28th August 2022.

Unknown Unknowns, 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition (Italy)

“ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” is part of the 23rd Triennale Milano International Exhibition which runs from 15th July to 11th December 2022, with the opening on the 13th and 14th of July 2022.

Synthetic Ecology – The Beijing Art and Technology Biennale at CUBE Art Center, 798 Art Zone in Beijing (China)

Synthetic Ecology at CAFA Art Museum Poster

ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” will be part of Synthetic Ecology – The Beijing Art and Technology Biennale at CUBE Art Center in the 798 Art Zone in Beijing, China from 23rd September 2022 – 31st January 2023.

Techne 2022 in Shenzhen (China)

ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change, Post Singularity Life-form” will be part of Techne 2022 in Shenzhen, China. , the exhibition has been rescheduled due to COVID-19 restrictions in China and we are awaiting updated opening dates.

About ArchaeaBot

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.

“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.

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”; Kunstmuseum Moritzburg for the Silbersalz Festival in Halle, Germany; the 18th WRO Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland; HeK in Basel, Switzerland in “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; Survival of the Fittest at Kunstpalais Erlangen, Germany; “Quarantine” as part of the Ars Electronica 2020: Adriatic Garden, curated by Kontejner as part of their EMAP Programme and at Art Workshop Lazareti Dubrovnik, Croatia; and in EFECT DE LA MICRO LA MACRO in the QUANTUM QUESTIONS 2020 Festival by Centrul Cultural Clujean in Cluj-Napoca, Romania; ALIFE 2021 Conference (online); EMAP Ars Electronica Garden (online); Under the Viral Shadow, Art Laboratory Berlin, Germany, Supernatural at Oulu Museum of Art, Finland, and Such Stuff as Worlds are Made on at Spazju Kreattiv in Valetta, Malta, BIOMEDIA at the Le Centre Des Arts Enghien-les-Bains.

Biotechnology from the Blue Flower at MIT Museum, Cambridge, USA and the Botanical Garden, Rome

Biotechnology from the Blue Flower

The full sculptural installation of Biotechnology from the Blue Flower will be shown in a major exhibition “Gene Culture” at the inauguration of the new MIT Museum in Cambridge, USA opening on 2nd October 2022 which continues until 2024.

Biotechnology from the Blue Flower will also be on show as part of “OUR BIO-TECH PLANET: FUTURE OF PLANTS AND HUMANS” at the Botanical Garden in Rome from the 24th – 30th October 2022.

“Biotechnology from the Blue Flower” explores the cultural history and morphology of the chicory plant and investigates how new plant breeding methods such as CRISPR gene editing can be used to create future healthcare and food benefits. Chicory inspired the idea of the Blue Flower in German Romanticism, and became a central symbol of the movement. It inspired Goethe’s concept of the ‘urpflanze’ or original plant in his “Metamorphosis of Plants”. The romantic movement was a reaction to the industrial revolution and held nature and emotion in the highest esteem. Now we are part of a biotechnological revolution, and again the blue flower becomes an important symbol. This time in a more complex position at the interface of nature and technology, central to societal explorations of what may be acceptable in synthetic biology, and how ‘nature’ and ‘natural’ may be defined in the future.The 3D printed sculpture is based on high resolution photogrammetry scans of a chicory plant known as ‘clone 37’, and it contains actual traces of CRISPR modified protoplasts and leaves, which the artists created in the lab. The whole genome sequence of the plant is projected behind, with all the repeating DNA sequences have been removed, returning it to Goethe’s concept of the ‘original plant’.

Created by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May through a an artists’ residency with the EU CHIC Project.

Biotechnology from the Blue Flower Augmented Reality App

“Biotechnology from the Blue Flower” Augmented Reality App

“Blue Flower” a standalone Augmented Reality (AR) app is now available for iPhone/iPad/Android devices http://onelink.to/blueflower. The gene edited plants represented here are not normally allowed to leave the laboratory in many countries but through augmented reality users can transgress the rules, fill the world with them, and take and share photos. The app also accompanies the sculptural installation in exhibitions enabling audiences to playfully interact with the work.

Life Eternal at Liljevalchs Konsthal in Stockholm, Sweden

Hypersymbiotics: Post Pandemic Edition

Hypersymbiotics: Post Pandemic Edition and Zenexton will feature in “Life Eternal” curated by the Nobel Prize Museum 1st October 2022 – 29th January 2023 at Liljevalchs Konsthal in Stockholm (Sweden).

Residency: The Mutability of Memories and Fates, with The Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells in München

“The Mutability of Memories and Fates” installation at the Deutsches Museum

Anna Dumitriu became the first artist in residence with the Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells at Helmholtz Zentrum in München, Germany in 2020. Her continuing project responds to the concept of cellular memory and cell fates, and explores how the cell packages DNA and what impact that has. It focuses on the mutability of the cell, or what controls its constancy, and how this affects gene expression and the nature of life. The project is curated by Dr Claudia Schnugg. Two physical residency periods on site in München in 2021 followed a year long virtual residency and work continues, and culminated in a showcase exhibition for the 60th anniversary of the Helmholtz Zentrum at the Deutsches Museum. The project subsequently received follow on funding to continue the work for another year to develop a complex new work. See more here.

Arts Council England Funded Project Exploring the Collateral Effects of the Pandemic

Cholera Dress – work-in-progress (detail)

Arts Council England are supporting a project by Anna Dumitriu artistically exploring the “Collateral Effects” of the pandemic on science and society through the creation of a new body of artworks stemming from in-depth collaborations with researchers from leading scientific organisations across England. The project is being developed in collaboration with curatorial partner FutureEverything and science partners researchers from major organisations including the National Collection of Type CulturesThe CRyPTIC project at The University of OxfordBirmingham Dental HospitalThe University of Leeds and the Wellcome Sanger Institute.

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

Anna Dumitriu is collaborating with Dr Jane Freeman at the University of Leeds on a project around the the bacterial infection Clostridium difficile and the importance of healthcare science as a field in itself. The project is supported via Outreach Funding as part NIHR/HEE ICA Clinical Lectureship awarded to Dr Jane Freeman (Funder: National Institute for Health Research/Health Education England).

Collaboration with the EU CAPABLE Project

PhysicAI Garden (for the CAPABLE Project) – Pre-visualisation

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May are working on an artistic collaboration with the EU funded CAPABLE project. CAPABLE aims to develop a virtual cancer coaching system to support the emotional, educational and social needs of patients and their home carers, as well as decision support needs of treating physicians, using cutting edge technologies for personalised medicine such as artificial intelligence, big data analysis and wearable technologies. The artists are deeply engaging with CAPABLE research to create a new body of artworks. Both artists have extensive experience in working with artificial intelligence and wearable technologies and exploring the implications of emerging digital technologies in societal and cultural contexts. Together they will help CAPABLE reach out to diverse audiences across a range of contexts including art galleries, festivals and patient waiting areas, and enable the telling of complex stories in multi-layered, accessible ways through art objects, workshops, and discussion events. Learn more about the project here.

We are honoured to receive this fantastic opportunity to work with CAPABLE and explore this important project to benefit cancer patients and carers. As artists, we will explore how CAPABLE are using artificial intelligence and wearable technologies to create personalised medicine solutions and consider the personal, ethical, cultural and societal implications of this research” says Anna Dumitriu. 

Residency with Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art at the University of Western Attica in Athens

Three Sketches for Unruly Objects

Anna Dumitriu is currently working on “Unruly Objects and Biological Conservation” with the Department of Conservation of Antiquities and Works of Art at the University of Western Attica in Athens as well as external collaborators to explore the biology and chemistry of the conservation of antiquities and discuss how these ideas, and new blockchain technologies will impact the preservation of contemporary artworks including BioArt works such as her own artistic experiments resulting from the project, thus kick-starting discussions around the preservation of contemporary BioArt in the context of a major institution. The initial residency was initially funded via and A-N Artists Bursary and the work will be developed in 2022 with the University of Surrey, through funding from an Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship and from the National Biofilms Innovation Centre. Outcomes showcased in collaboration with the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and extended through a Developing Your Creative Practice Grant from Arts Council England.

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. Invisible Worlds is an ongoing major permanent exhibition that reveals the world beyond our senses introducing the interconnectedness between life and the Earth’s environments. The exhibition features Don’t Try This At Home and Super-organism: The Living Microbiome.