About the Book
Anna Dumitriu embedded herself in the research of The Modernising Medical Microbiology Project who are sequencing the whole genomes of clinically important bacteria. The artist wanted to begin to understand her own microbiome better and study deeply one of the organisms that lives on her own body using the state of the art technology of next generation whole genome sequencing.
The aim of the project was to research, develop and exhibit a new digital artwork and events programme around the emerging technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria. Through the project Dumitriu intervened directly in the scientific research process with her own bacterial genome, and worked with programmer/digital artist Alex May and a team of bioinformaticians to hack the algorithms used by the scientists.
The project and subsequent workshops interrogated concerns around big data and emerging pandemics. It represented a new direction in Dumitriu's practice and utilised her unique access to leading scientific research, through collaborations with Public Health England, University of Oxford, University of Hertfordshire and Brighton and Sussex Medical School. The project, which took the form of a shifting and evolving installation was exhibited at major venues including the Victoria and Albert Museum, Wellcome Collection as part of The Bacteria Light Lab created by Dumitriu for the "On Light Spectacular", Watermans Gallery, Fukuoka Museum in Japan as part of Data Body as Artefact and showcased at the EVA Conference and at The University of Oxford.
Anna Dumitriu is a 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 ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, The V & A Museum, Philadelphia Science Center, MOCA Taipei, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, the 6th Guangzhou Triennial, HeK Basel, Furtherfield London, and The Museum of the History of Science Oxford. She was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association and holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society, 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 Public Health England.