Anna Dumitriu

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Anna Dumitriu
The MRSA Quilt (detail) by Anna Dumitriu.jpg
Born Brighton, UK
Nationality British
Education University of Brighton
Known for Visual Arts
Notable work The Normal Flora Project The Institute Of Unnecessary Research Trust me, I'm an artist: towards an ethics of art/science collaboration The Romantic Disease

Anna Dumitriu is a visual and performance artist based in Brighton, England specialising in bioart. Her installations, interventions and performances use digital, biological and traditional media including bacteria, digital projections and embroidery, working with diverse audiences.[1]

Dumitriu's work is at the forefront of art and science collaborative practice, particularly working with microbiology, robotics, artificial life technology, and art/science ethics. She is involved in public engagement in science, arts in healthcare and the teaching of art/science practice to both art students and medical/science students. She is Artist in Residence on Modernising Medical Microbiology at The University of Oxford, Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence at The University Of Hertfordshire in the Department of Computer Science, and a Visiting Research Fellow: Lead Artist in the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She was formerly a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence in the School of Informatics at Sussex University between 2005 and 2014. She participated in the e-MobiLArt project (EU funded European Mobile Lab for Interactive Artists)and is co-chair of the Arts and Culture Subcommittee of the Alan Turing Centenary. Dumitriu is founder and Director of the Institute of Unnecessary Research and lead artist on the "Trust me, I'm an artist: towards an ethics of art/science collaboration" project working with the Waag Society in Amsterdam and co-author of the book of the same name. She has written extensively on the notion of the "bacterial sublime".

Her work has an international exhibition profile and has been featured in Wired UK Magazine and The Lancet.

Her most recent work explores around historical and contemporary notions of Tuberculosis, whole genome sequencing of bacteria, global health and antimicrobial resistance.

In January 2014, Dimitriu told The Guardian: "Art, for me, is a way of investigating the world. In that way, I see no real distinction between art and science at all."][2]


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  2. ^ Barnett, Laura (20 January 2014). "Art in good health: how science and culture mix the best medicine". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 July 2016. 

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