“Collaboration Across the Three Domains”

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May will discuss the creative process behind their project “ArchaeaBot: A Post Singularity and Post Climate Change Life-form” an underwater robotic installation that explores what ‘life’ might mean in the future. It is based on new research about archaea (one of the three domains of life, along with bacteria and eukaryotes) combined with the latest innovations in machine learning & AI. The new work is created in collaboration with Amanda Wilson from Imperial College and Professor Daniel Polani at the University of Hertfordshire. “ArchaeaBot” builds an extensive body of robotic, digital and bioart works by the artists working both individually and together, often embedded in science settings. They will also give an overview of the rest of their practice(s) and discuss their experience of art/science collaboration as well as some of the benefits. 



6h00 p.m

9 Rue Edouard Branly
18000 Bourges

Anna Dumitriu (1969) is a British artist working with sculpture, craft, installation, biological media, and digital technology to explore our relationship to microbiology, synthetic biology and robotics. Her artistic practice is deeply embedded in laboratory settings and she works hands on with infectious diseases, whole genome sequencing technologies, CRISPR gene editing and building robots. She is artist-in-residence with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England. She holds visiting research fellowships in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society. Prior to her work with the University of Hertfordshire she was a visiting research fellow: artist in residence in the Centre for Computational Neuroscience and Robotics working with artificial life. Dumitriu’s work has a strong focus on the ethical implications of emerging technologies drawing threads across time, exploring future scenarios by reflecting on the past.
Links  Anna Dumitriu on Twitter // Instagram // Facebook // Linkedin Artist’s website  annadumitriu.co.uk
Alex May (1972) is a British artist exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably video projection onto physical objects (building on the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping by using his own bespoke software), also interactive installations, generative works, full-size humanoid robots, performance, and video art. May is a Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.
Links Twitter Instagram Facebook GitHub  – Artist’s websitewww.alexmayarts.co.uk