BioArt, Research, & the Pandemic: Uncertain Histories and Unstable Futures

NTNU ARTEC SEMINAR SERIES

Thursday, Sept. 3, 14.30-16.00 

A presentation by Anna Dumitriu and conversation with guests from NTNU Oceans, OSEH, the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard, Greenouse (UiS), & Kunsthall Trondheim

Q&A Events are free and open to the public

Registration starts on August 28

Susceptible, by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May

About Speaker:  Anna Dumitriu is a pioneering British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology, and robotics. https://annadumitriu.co.uk/

Talks Abstract: In Uncertain Histories and Unstable Futures Anna Dumitriu will discuss the ideas and processes behind her artworks which explore infectious diseases, synthetic biology and genomics, and well as robotics, artificial intelligence and emerging digital technologies. Equally at home in bioscience and technology settings as the art studio, Dumitriu will discuss key past works including her “Plague Dress”, embedded with real plague DNA and artworks involving CRISPR genetic modification and antibiotic resistance. Furthermore, she will give an insight into new artworks created in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic, including “Susceptible” which focusses on new innovations in global health and tuberculosis genomics, “Shielding” which looks at the impact of the COVID-19 lockdown on victims of domestic abuse, and “Cyberspecies Proximity” a robotic artwork exploring how we will share future cities with intelligent robots. Finally, she will consider the impact of the pandemic on biotechnology and synthetic biology in her ongoing research “Biotechnology from the Blue Flower” exploring new plant breeding methods and CRISPR, and “Fermenting Futures” focused on yeast biotechnology and ecology. Her work is frequently inspired by the history behind research, situating contemporary issues within cultural contexts, weaving narratives and telling stories and drawing threads across time.

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