Anna Dumitriu
Since 2005
Works in Brigton United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

Anna Dumitriu’s work blurs the boundaries between art and science with 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 collaboration 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 is was winner of the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award and recently awarded Wellcome Trust funding for her new project "The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis".
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Forms of Life, Digiville Event at Lighthouse, Brighton

Tue Aug 28, 2007 00:00 - Mon Aug 20, 2007

Forms of Life


1st September 2007

1, Zone B
28 Kensington Street
Brighton, UK

Artworks on show 10am -5pm
Evening Talks from 7pm

Artist Anna Dumitriu has curated an exciting one-day programme of artworks, talks and hands on activities for Lighthouse in Brighton around the title ‘Forms of Life’, which will take place on Saturday1st September.

The artworks, which Dumitriu has acquired from as far a field as Australia and America, include pieces featuring bacteria and artificial life forms. The evening talks will develop the themes further and include a microbiologist, a musician inspired by genetic codes and a philosopher specialising in techno-ethics and artificial intelligence.

Anna Dumitriu, director of The Institute of Unnecessary Research’s work looks at the very nature of life, from her research into our relationship with microbiology in her Normal Flora project, to her role as the ‘self-organising’ artist in residence in the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at Sussex University. This is a very personal selection of artworks and speakers. Dumitriu said; “What I want to look at is the relationship between microbiology and artificial life? Is life something that can be abstracted from organic processes? And how can these abstract concepts be made physical and tangible for us?”

Artists included in the event include Paul Brown, Milton Mermikides, Peta Clancy, eteam, boredomresearch, Jon McCormack and Anna Dumitriu. Speakers are Dr Simon Park, Milton Mermikides and Blay Whitby.


The Normal Flora Project

The Self-organising artist

The Institute of Unnecessary Research




Article Submission

Please circulate the following information about my new residency.

Anna Dumitriu


The Self Organising Artist:
An Artist Residency at The Centre for Computational Neuroscience and

Anna Dumitriu has been invited to be artist in residence at The Centre for
Computational Neuroscience and Robotics at Sussex University, UK. Anna's
work (featured on Rhizome) combines scientific research with installation,
live art and digital media and is engaged specifically with research into
Normal Flora Microbiology.

The CCNR is internationally renowned for its interdisciplinary Artificial
Life research, which combines hands-on neuroscience, computing, evolutionary
robotics and electronics and biologically inspired engineering with
theoretical considerations of the philosophical implications of this