Anna Dumitriu is an artist whose work blurs the boundaries between art and science with a strong interest in microbiology and 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 technologies, and textiles. See links to projects above.
Anna Dumitriu recently ran a Bioart and Textiles workshop and gave a talk entitled “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime” at Genspace in New York City on 12th March 2013. The workshop, which was aimed at artists, focussed on learning how to work safely with bacteria as an artistic medium using commonly available supplies in domestic spaces. An important goal for participants was to develop a bacteriocentric view of the world, to understand the microbiology and textile techniques used in the work of bioartist Anna Dumitriu and discuss the new advances in clinical microbiology being investigated by the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project. The workshop involved discussions of safe working practices, the ethical issues around bacterial bioart, issues of public engagement in science, and the nature of collaborative art - science practice. See images of the workshop here.