Anna Dumitriu regularly gives keynote lectures and talks in international settings and online which explore how art can engage with microbiology, synthetic biology, artificial intelligence, robotics, public engagement in science and ethical innovation, as well as her extensive experience of art and science collaboration. She welcomes further (appropriately funded) invitations. The list below includes forthcoming and selected past talks with videos and links where available.
Details of forthcoming talks will be posted here.
Selected Past Talks
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their Cyberspecies Proximity project in a forthcoming S+T+ARTS Talk in conversation with Lucas Evers and Eric Way (Schindler) at the Open Wetlab at Waag Society in Amsterdam on 2nd July 2020 at 6:30pm (BST) or 7:30pm (CEST).
Anna Dumitriu discussed her work in “Spinning Yarns: Pathology and Poetry” for The Art + Science Reading Group, a virtual gathering of thinkers, researchers and the incurably curious. Organised Amelia McConville and Autumn Brown and supported by Science Gallery Dublin and the Trinity Long Room Hub. Listen to the podcast. The event took place on Wednesday 20th May 2020 at 6:30pm.
The Department of Media Theory at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna (Austria) hosted an online public lecture (due to COVID-19 Pandemic precautions) by Anna Dumitriu “Threads Across Time: Combining and Fermenting Two Cultures” on Tuesday 19th May. She discussed the ideas and processes behind her artworks, which are created deeply embedded in bioscience settings.
Anna Dumitriu gave an online lecture (due to COVID-19 Pandemic precautions) for the Creative Reflections on Professional Practice course at Imperial College London on 14th May 2020.
Anna Dumitriu gave an online lecture (due to COVID-19 Pandemic precautions) to Art and Life Sciences students at the University of Leiden on 16th April 2020.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May gave an online lecture (due to COVID-19 Pandemic precautions) on their “Cyberspecies Proximity” robot project and EU Vertigo STARTS residency with Schindler for the BioComputation Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire.
Anna Dumitriu gave an online lecture (due to COVID-19 Pandemic precautions) on her practice to arts students at Aalto University, Helsinki, Finland on 24th March 2020.
Anna Dumitriu spoke about her collaboration with the National Collection of Type Cultures Centenary Symposium on 2nd March 2020 at Public Health England Colindale in London.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk entitled “Making meaning: exploring bacterial genomics through art to communicate antimicrobial resistance” at the ART/DATA/HEALTH Symposium at the University of Brighton on 16th December 2019. This event is by invitation only.
As part of the Cyberspecies Proximity Vertigo STARTS Residency at Schindler Anna Dumitriu gave a talk and was in conversation with her artistic collaborator Alex May, and Silvio Napoli (Chairman of Schindler) as part of a panel discussion on “Art, Innovation and Society”, chaired by Nicolas Henchoz (Director of the EPFL-ECAL Lab) at the Schindler City Auditorium in Ebikon, Luzern, Switzerland on 2nd December. View the talk below.
Anna Dumitriu gave a lecture about her Teeth Marks project followed by a discussion with her collaborator Dr Melissa Grant at the Barber Institute of Fine Arts (in collaboration with the the Barber Association) in Birmingham, UK, at 6pm on 20th November 2019. Teeth Marks explores the history and future of dentistry through its emotional and cultural impact. The project is strongly influenced by the relationship of the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter to the early history of Birmingham Dental Hospital (the first dental hospital in the UK) and Dumitriu worked directly with the hospital’s historic collection as well as with researchers at the forefront of the latest research in the field. The project was exhibited at the Open Wide Art Gallery at Birmingham Dental Hospital.
Anna Dumitriu gave talks at the (Co)Art workshop “Working with Technology to Co-create Art”, and to Girls STEAM Power Timisoara and to BioCoderDojo Timisoara on her work, in Timisoara, Romania, supported by the European Capital of Culture Timisoara 2021.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk and discussed “Making and Exhibiting BioArt Internationally” to participants on the Future DiverCities EU Project which took place in Zagreb, Croatia as part of the Extravagant Bodies Biennial led by Kontejner on 17th September at 5pm.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their collaborative robotic artworks alongside a panel of experts in a symposium they curated at Ugly Duck in London on 28th September 2019 to accompany their exhibition “Intelligent Machinery“.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May gave a talk about their project “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form” at the WRO 2019 Media Art Biennale in Wroclaw, Poland, as part of the conference “Human Aspect – Non Human Aspect” on the 17th May 2019 to accompany the exhibition of the work at the Four Domes Pavilion in the Biennale.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk about her work on 29th March 2019 at Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall as part her major solo exhibition “BioArt and Bacteria” events programme (funded by Arts Council England).
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk on her work in the Institute of Biotechnology at the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur Wien), Vienna on 13th March 2019 as part of her ongoing collaboration exploring yeast and synthetic biology .
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk about her work to the students at the National Institute of Art and Design in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. The event was hosted by curator Nasima Dzhuraeva, and Normurod Negmatov director of the Tashkent Art Biennale.
Anna Dumitriu gave a very popular talk on her “Romantic Disease” series on the 28th February 2019 at New Frontiers: Innovation and Access: the Medecins Sans Frontieres 8th Regional (Eastern Europe and Central Asia) TB Symposium in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. She also exhibited artworks from the series at the symposium.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk on her work involving art and science collaborations in a closed event entitled “The Art of the Possible” at the Imperial War Museum in London on the 25th February 2019.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk at the University of Warwick and led a workshop for Synthetic Biology PhD researchers as part of an event called SynBioArt19 on 30th January 2019.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk about her work to the Art-Science Interest Group at the Natural History Museum on 24th January 2019.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk on “Making and Exhibiting BioArt Internationally” at Birmingham Open Media (BOM) on 23rd January 2019. (Funded by Arts Council England/British Council AIDF Grant)
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk on “Making and Exhibiting BioArt Internationally” to MA Art and Science Students at Central St Martins in London on 21st January 2019 (Funded by Arts Council England/British Council AIDF Grant)
Anna Dumitriu both curated and presented at a conference and events programme entitled Future Life for IMPAKT in Utrecht on 18th and 19th January 2019 to accompany the exhibition “A World Without Us”. There was also a premiere showcase of “BioComputation Robots” made in collaboration with Alex May, Professor Volker Steuber and Professor Freek Hoebeek.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May gave a talk accompany the exhibition of “ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change Post Singularity Life-form” in “A World Without Us” at IMPAKT in Utrecht on 24th November 2018.
To accompany the exhibition of “ArchaeaBot: A Post Climate Change Post Singularity Life-form” as part of Rencontres Bandits-Mages “Unstable Reality and Shifting Knowledges: Mending the Fabric of the World” in Bourges, France, Anna Dumitriu and Alex May gave a keynote talk entitled “Collaboration Across the Three Domains” about their work on 16th November.
Anna Dumitriu spoke about perceptions of bacteria in art at the “Micro Worlds” closed meeting at Tropenmuseum in Amsterdam on 6th November 2018.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their collaborative robotics projects including their ArchaeaBot and BioCompuation Bots at the University of Hertfordshire on 2nd November 2018 at their Biocomputation Seminar.
Anna Dumitriu was interviewed by Pier Luigi Capucci as part of the “Five Words for the Future” project which aims to help people to imagine the future. identify and understand what’s new and the latest innovations.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their collaborative artwork “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form” at “Art & the Life Sciences: Ethics & Perspectives – Athens”, which took place at Theatre of Athens School of Fine Art on 5th October 2018. This event was co-organised by the Laboratory for Study and Conservation of Ancient and Modern Cultural Properties of the University of West Attica and the Athens School of Fine Art.
Anna Dumitriu, Alex May and Amanda Wilson discussed and exhibited their collaborative project “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form in the event “Future Life” at LABoral Centro de Arte y Creación Industrial in Gijón, Spain on 20th September 2018 and visitors had a chance to view the installation.
In her role as 2018 President of the Science and the Arts Section of the British Science Association, Anna Dumitriu gave her presidential address: Art, Ethics and New Technologies” at the British Science Festival in Hull on 13th September at The University of Hull. Dumitriu was in conversation with Dr Lucy McCabe and introduced by Heather Barnett. “Each scientific breakthrough brings to light new ethical dilemmas. In this talk, Anna Dumitriu shows how artists engage with ethical implications of modern technologies, from CRISPR gene editing to robotics and AI, and why their involvement in the conversation is important and beneficial for both science and society.”
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their collaborative project “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form” at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, Austria, to accompany the project which was on show at the festival in the exhibition “Error in Progress:. The talk was part of the Artists Talks series at POSTCITY on Saturday 8th September 2018.
Anna Dumitriu gave an artists talk with her artworks at R-Space Gallery in Lisburn, Northern Ireland at the launch of her solo show From The Field about the relationship of linen and microbiology. This the inaugural event of the Linen Biennale NI 2018.
Anna Dumitriu participated in the Leonardo and Anilla Cultural “Open Live-Stream Conversation on Performance and Biosystems” on 27th July 2018. The artists presenting were Nina Weisman (U.S.), Anna Dumitriu (U.K.), Stelarc (Australia), and Tiare Ribeaux, and the event was moderated by Danielle Siembieda (U.S.). This program was organized by Anilla Cultural Latino América – Europa en Uruguay as part of the International Online Education leading to Leo50 in Uruguay. The event was an interactive live-streamed virtual conference, translated into English, Spanish and Portuguese.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk as part of the launch event for “Invisible Worlds” at Eden Project in Cornwall on 26th May 2018.
Anna Dumitriu gave a talk for Viral Culture: CRISPR, Art and Lit Symposium at Pomona College, Claremont, California on 27th April 2018.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May discussed their new project “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity, Post Climate Change Life-form” (being made in collaboration with Amanda Wilson) at the University of Hertfordshire Biocomputation Group on 20th April 2018.
Anna Dumitriu and Yoram Lev Yehudi spoke about art and science collaboration and Anna’s work with the MRG-Grammar project in a talk entitled “The Art of Dissemination” at EARMA 2018 at SQUARE in Brussels, Belgium on 17th April 2018.
To celebrate International Women’s Day Anna Dumitriu was in conversation with scientist and medical doctor Nicola Fawcett about their collaboration, at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, UK as as part of her major solo exhibition “BioArt and Bacteria” on 1st March 2018.
Anna Dumitriu and Alex May gave a public lecture about their work at Texas A & M University in College Station, Texas, USA on 6th March 2018.
Anna Dumitriu personally led a packed guided tour of her solo exhibition “BioArt and Bacteria” at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford, UK on 10th February 2018 at 2pm
Anna Dumitriu spoke at “Pharma Food Labs: Bio Bodies” at Makerversity at Somerset House in London, UK debating the future of the Food & Pharma on 9th February 2018 6:30pm.
Anna Dumitriu spoke at Art Laboratory Berlin’s Interdisciplinary Conference: Nonhuman Agents in Art, Culture and Theory between the 24th and 26th November, 2017. Read a review of the Non Human Agents Conference at Art Laboratory Berlin by Clara Rodríguez Fernández on Science and Art Join Forces to Challenge our Anthropocentric World Views on Labiotech (EU), December 2017.
Anna Dumitriu personally led a guided tour of her solo exhibition “BioArt and Bacteria” at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford on 22nd November 207 at 1pm.
Anna Dumitriu spoke about her work at Technology and Emotions Live at Sentralen in Oslo, Norway on 7th November 2017.
Anna Dumitriu spoke about her role as Lead Artist on the “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” project at the final symposium on 17th November 2017 at Waag Society in Amsterdam.
Anna Dumitriu gave an artists talk at the Museum of the History of Science in Oxford as part of her major exhibition “BioArt and Bacteria” on 2nd November 2017 at 6:00pm.
Anna Dumitriu was in conversation with Louise Latter (BOM) and Dr Rob Neely (University of Birmingham) to discuss her collaboration with Dr Neely and the new installation “The Chemistry of Biology: An Alchemy of DNA” on the 11th October 2017 during the premier of her new installation at BOM (Birmingham Open Media).
Anna Dumitriu spoke about her work at the conference “Life at Work. New ecologies, BioArt, Biodesign” organised by Paris Sciences et Lettres at the Musée de la Chasse et de la Nature in Paris on 16th and 17th October 2017.
Anna Dumitriu presented her work as part of a “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” Event at Fabrica Gallery in Brighton as part of the British Science Festival. The event is organised by the Science and the Arts Section of the British Science Association and takes place at Fabrica Gallery Brighton on 5th September 2017.
Anna Dumitriu led an “Experts Tour: Controlled Commodities: Ethics and Materiality” on 9th September 2017, where attendees were able to explore the artworks and projects on show at Postcity at the Ars Electronica Festival in Linz that raise complex ethical issues about developments in science and technology, either in their use of materials or subject matter. Artist Anna Dumitriu also introduced her own project Controlled Commodity, on display at the festival, which explores antibiotic resistance and CRISPR gene editing.
Anna Dumitriu spoke about “Make Do and Mend” at Ars Electronica Festival in Linz on 9th September 2017 as part of the FEAT panel on the FIS stage at Postcity and also as part of the STARTS programme on 10th September in the at Postcity.
As part of the FEAT exhibition at BOZAR as part of the BOZAR Electronic Arts Festival “Make Do and Mend: Controlled Commodity” was exhibited and Anna Dumitriu presented her work as part of the STARTS Symposium: ART, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY COLLABORATIONS IN EUROPE.
Artists Talk by Anna Dumitriu as part of the Imperial College CDT Festival of Science: Science and Art 21st April 2017. Anna Dumitriu discussed her artistic practice, collaborative working methods and work in the exhibition as part of the Imperial College CDT Festival.
Jenny Judova led a Q&A with Anna Dumitriu about how artists work with institutions and museums as part of the Art Talks season at for Art Map London in collaboration with Creative Wick, Tuesday 21st of March 2017 at The Atrium, London.
Keynote lecture “The Art & Craft of Bacterial BioArt” by Anna Dumitriu for MAKE 2017 Symposium: Art + Biology, 4th March 2017, organised by the Cork Institute of Technology, Cork, Eire.
Talk “DIY BioArt” at DIYbio Israel, Google Campus, Tel Aviv, Israel on Sunday 27th November 2016. Dumitriu discussed her FEAT residency on the MRG-Grammar project at The Weizmann Institute in Tel Aviv and Technion in Haifa. Dumitriu also gave talks at the Weizmann Institute and Technion during her visit.
Talk as part of FEAT event at Ars Electronica Festval, Linz, Austria from 12pm – 3:30pm on 8th September 2016.
Talk as part of The Games Europe Plays – BODY<>TECH Colloquium at the Stephen Lawrence Gallery in Greenwich, London, UK on 7th July 2016. Accompanied by an exhibition including works from the Sequence project.
Talk as part of the FEAT Vienna Workshop “Knowledge in Art, Science and Technology” at OCG – Österreichische Computer Gesellschaft, (Austrian Computer Society), Wollzeile 1-3, A-1010 Vienna, Austria, Monday 27th June 2016. Event runs 6-9:30pm.
Talk on the Sequence VR project and the impact of genomics, robotics and big data on life at Forum Europe Digital Festival 2016, The Egg, Brussels, Belgium, Tuesday 21st June 2016.
Talk “Exploring Bacterial BioArt” at LIBRARY LONDON, 112 St. Martin’s Lane, London, Wednesday 27th April 2016.
Talk “Artistic Explorations with Biomedical Science and Technology”, University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield, College Lane Campus, Lecture Theatre LF233 , Wednesday 27th April 2016.
Talk “Exploring Bacterial Bioart” alongside collaborator Alex May at The School of Visual Arts New York City on 4th April 2016.
Talk “Hypersymbiotics, Faecal Transplants and The Romantic Disease” performance of the “Hypersymbiont Enhancement Salon“, exhibition and panel discussions as part of “Gut Reactions: The Microbiome and Human Nature” at Princeton University, 31st March 2016.
Talk “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis” at the Humanities in Healthcare Group at The University of Calgary, Canada, 3rd March 2016.
Talk “Unnecessary Research: Art as a Metadiscipline” as part of “The New Immortals” events programme at Phoenix Brighton, UK, 25th February 2016.
Talk as part of “Bio-Art, Video Mapping and HCI” at The ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder, USA, 8th February 2016.
Speaker at Gene Editing, Artificial Life and Ethics: An Interdisciplinary Symposium at the Newkirk Centre for Science and Society as part of “WETWARE: art | agency | animation“, University of California Irvine, USA, 5th February 2016.
Talk at LASER Symposium at University of California Los Angeles, USA, 7-9pm 4th February 2016.
Talk “Exploring Bacterial BioArt” at Imperial College London, UK as part of Bio Changes on 18th January 2016. There was also a panel discussion featuring Ionat Zurr, Oron Catts, and Rachel Wingfield.
Talk “Mendel’s Legacy: Exploring Bacterial Genomics through Art”, Mendel Museum Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic, 28th November 2015.
Talk about The Sequence Project as part of “Networked Bodies Festival – Data Bodies: Unveiling, Communicating, Visualising Data Tracking + Surveillance Practices” at Watermans in London on 14th November 2015.
Talk at Seoul BIOART 2015, South Korea, 6th November 2015.
Talk at the Fashionable Diseases Workshop event “Tuberculosis as a Romantic Disease: Artistic, Historical & Literary Perspectives” at Newcastle University, 18th June 2015.
Talk at London LASER 08 event, Central St Martins School of Art and Design, 17th March 2015.
Talk at BLAST, Bournemouth University, UK, “Investigating the Bacterial Sublime” alongside biomedical scientist Kevin Cole, 24th February 2015.
Talk at “Art Talks”, University of Hertfordshire, UK, “Sublime Bacteria, Bored Robots and The Nature of Trust in CreativeCollaborations” on 27th January 2015.
Talk at the Horizon Scanning Lecture Series, Nottingham Trent University, UK on 7th January 2015.
Talk at TEDx Bucharest at the Pallady Auditorium, Bucharest, Romania, “The Bacterial Sublime” on 22nd November 2014.
Talks at BIO-FICTION Festival, Vienna, Austria, Trust Me, I’m an Artist – Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration on 23rd October 2014 and The MRSA Quilt on 24th October 2014.
Keynote lecture and roundtable discussion at Cinekid New Media Conference, Amsterdam, Netherlands, “Trust Me, I’m an Artist: On Art and Science Collaboration” on 15th October 2014.
Talk for the “Hacking Healthcare” course at The University of Amsterdam, Netherlands, “Interventions in Biomedicine” on 14th October 2014.
Talk at Art Laboratory Berlin, “[micro]biologies: The Bacterial Sublime”, Germany, 28th September 2014.
Talk at the Hacking Department of Willem De Kooning Academy, Rotterdam, Netherlands on 15th September 2014.
Talk at Brighton and Sussex Medical School’s Ethics in Performance Series for Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton, UK “The Romantic Disease: Art and TB” on 16th May 2014.
Talk at Wearable Horizons on “Wearable Bacteria” at the Sci-Fi London Festival, British Film Institute, London, UK on 3rd May 2014.
Talk at The Romantic Disease World TB Day Symposium at Watermans Gallery, London, UK on 24th March 2014
Talk at Bio Art/Bio Design: Enjeux culturels et sociétaux de la biologie de synthèse – Journée d’études, Amphithéâtre Langevin de l’ESPCI ParisTech, organised by Décalab and Leonardo/Olats, Paris, France on 6th March 2014.
Talk at Mediamatic Bio industry in Amsterdam, Netherlands, “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis” on 12th February 2014.
Talk at Public Engagement in Science through Art: Politics, ethics, power and propaganda at Waag Society in Amsterdam, Netherlands, “Art and Modernising Medical Microbiology from the Romantic Disease to Whole Genome Sequencing of Bacteria” on 31st January 2014.
Presenter at How Do You Do Biodesign roundtable discussion at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam, Netherlands on 23rd January 2014.
Talk on “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Participatory Art Practice, Bioart and Microbiology” at the conference on “Bio-power and Bio-activism. Art in the Age of Posthumanism” at the Academy of Fine Arts, Gdansk, Poland, 12th December 2013.
Talk on “Art and Modernising Medical Microbiology: From the Romantic Disease to Whole Genome Sequencing” at the Modernising Medical Microbiology Conference 2013 at the University of Oxford on 9th December 2013.
A panel discussion on the notion of the sublime in art and science entitled “Of Wonder and Terror” also with Julian Stallabrass and Lynne Segal at HowTheLightGetsIn, Hay-on-Wye, UK.
Talk at Genspace in New York City, USA on “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime” 12th March 2013.
Talk at The State University of New York in Fredonia, USA, on “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime” as part of Women’s History Month to accompany the exhibition “Gone Viral: Medical Science and Contemporary Textile Art” on 7th March 2013.
Talk at Concordia University in Montreal in Canada, for The Fluxmedia Research Group which specialises in interdisciplinary research across art and the life sciences on 4th February 2013.
Talk at the New Stage of the National Theatre, Prague, Czech Republic as part the Mutamorphosis 2 Conference and panel organiser for “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Whole Genome Sequencing, Microbiology and BioArt” 6th December 2012.
Talk at The Institute for Advanced Studies Hanse-Wissenschaftskolleg, Delemhorst, Germany, on “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Participatory Art Practice, Bioart and Microbiology” as part of Performativity and Scientific Practice on 26th October 2012.
Lecture at The University of Hull in Scarborough, UK on “Elements of Performance in Art/Science Collaborative Practice” on 19th April 2012.
Talk at The Science Gallery in Dublin, Eire on “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime” as part of the “Trust me, I’m an artist” series on 1st March 2012.
Talk at The Citizen Cyber Science Conference at University College London, UK on BioArt and microbiology on 17th February 2012.
Talk at the Modernising Medical Microbiology Day at The University of Oxford, UK on BioArt and microbiology on 5th December 2011.
Keynote lecture for Tres Pilares, Una Conexion: Arte, Ciencia y Technologia at the Goaz Museum in Bilbao, Spain on 30th November 2011.
Panel discussion about the role of art in engaging the public in debates around new technologies for EU Conference on the Future of Emerging Technologies at The University of Warsaw, Poland on 24th November 2011.
Talk at The Ahmed Shawkey Museum in Cairo, Egypt on BioArt and microbiology on 12th November 2011.
Talk about BioArt and microbiology at Cambridge University’s Festival of Ideas, UK on 23rd October 2011.
Series of talks at The International Symposium of Electronic Art (ISEA 2011) in Istanbul, Turkey on “Communicating Bacteria”, “The Institute of Unnecessary Research”, “Biosensing and Networked Performance” and “The Emergence of Consciousness” in September 2011.