Anna Dumitriu is a British artist whose work fuses craft, sculpture and bioscience to explore our relationship to the microbial world, technology and biomedicine. She has a strong international exhibition profile, having exhibited at The Picasso Museum in Barcelona, The Science Gallery in Dublin, The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei, and The V & A Museum in London. Her work is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum London and Eden Project. She is the 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 and won the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award.
Dumitriu holds the post of Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford in collaboration with Public Health England, a Visiting Research Fellowship: Artist in Residence position with the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hertfordshire, and a Visiting Research Fellowship: Lead Artist position with the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research. She is also a Research Fellow with Waag Society and Lead Artist on the Creative Europe supported project “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” which investigates the novel ethical problems that arise when artists create artwork in laboratory settings. Her book of the same name, co-authored with Professor Bobbie Farsides, was published in 2014.
She recently completed a residency at the Liu Laboratory for Synthetic Evolution at The University of California in Irvine (USA) and the resulting artworks were featured in the groundbreaking exhibition “WETWARE” at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine (USA) curated by Jens Hauser and David Familian. Her work is featured in William Myers significant large format book on Bio Art, entitled “Bio Art: Altered Realities” published by Thames and Hudson in 2016.
Recently Dumitriu has been collaborating with Professor Maggie Smith at The University of York to artistically explore “The Hunt for New Antimicrobials”, and is currently working with the EU FET project MRG-Grammar to investigate the grammar of gene regulation at The Wellcome Sanger Institute, The Weizmann Institute (Israel) and Technion (Israel) through an EU FEAT residency. She is the artist partner and on the EU Horizon 2020 funded FET support action FEAT: Future Emerging Art and Technology.
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