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Anna Dumitriu

British contemporary artist exploring microbiology & emerging technologies

Anna Dumitriu (1969) is an award winning, internationally renowned, British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology and robotics. She has an extensive international exhibition profile including ZKMArs ElectronicaBOZARThe Picasso MuseumKunstlerhaus Vienna, Liljevalchs, Kunsthal Charlottenborg, Philadelphia Science CenterMOCA TaipeiHeK Basel, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, the 6th Guangzhou Triennial, and The History of Science Museum Oxford. Her work is held in several major public collections, including ZKM (recent acquisition), the Science Museum London and Eden Project. 

Dumitriu is a renowned speaker and has presented talks on her work at prestigious venues including TATE ModernPrinceton UniversityImperial College LondonThe University of OxfordLa Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, and UCLA. She was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association.

Her work is featured in many books including Bio Art: Altered Realities published by Thames and Hudson in 2016 and many other significant publications across contemporary art and science including FriezeArtforum International MagazineLeonardo JournalThe Art NewspaperArt QuarterlyNature and The Lancet.

She holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, and Waag, as well as artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at the UK Health Security Agency (formerly Public Health England). 

Her current collaborations also include "Collateral Effects" exploring the hidden impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, "The Mutability of Memories and Fates" with Institute of Epigenetics and Stem Cells at Helmholtz Zentrum München, "Unruly Objects" exploring conservation of antiquities and contemporary BioArt, and an exploration of the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare support systems with the EU CAPABLE Project

Recent projects include: "Biotechnology from the Blue Flower" with the EU H2020 CHIC Consortium exploring new plant breeding methods and CRISPR, "Cyberspecies Proximity" with Schindler as part of an EU Vertigo STARTS residency exploring how we will share cities of the future with robots; "ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post-Climate Change Life-form" an underwater robot based on the most ancient forms of life on each, created through an EMAPresidency with LABoral; "Fermenting Futures" focussed on yeast biotechnology in collaboration with the Institute of Microbial Biotechnology at BOKU in Vienna, and "Entangled Health" via a 2021 Institute of Advanced Studies Fellowship at the University of Surrey.

She has worked with the Liu Laboratory for Synthetic Evolution at The University of California in Irvine (USA) to explore synthetic biology and the resulting artworks were featured in the ground-breaking exhibition "WETWARE" at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine (USA) curated by Jens Hauser and David Familian. Notably she also worked with the MRG-Grammar project to create what the CRISPR Journal described as "perhaps the first application of CRISPR gene editing technology in BioArt" and collaborated with BeyondSeq at the University of Birmingham to explore the biochemistry of DNA and visually observe her CRISPR edit using super resolution laser microscopy.

Dumitriu is director of The Institute of Unnecessary Research (IUR), a global hub for artists and researchers working experimentally with curiosity-driven research which she founded in 2004. She was also 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. 

In 2012 Dumitriu received the Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award, and in 2020 she was awarded the Grand Prize: Best Art Overall in the Microbe Art 2020 Competition by the Federation of European Microbiology Societies (FEMS). She has twice been nominated for the EU S+T+ARTS Prize in 2017 for Make Do and Mend and in 2022 for Susceptible, and was a winner in the Science and Art Category for Falling Walls 2021 for "Fermenting Futures".




ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form

Plague Dress

Clean Linen


Make Do and Mend


Engineered Antibody


Don't Try This At Home

Genius Germ

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