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Art Laboratory Berlin: [micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime - Anna Dumitriu - 27 Sept 2014 to 30 Nov 2014

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27 Sept 2014 to 30 Nov 2014
Open: Fri-Sun, 2-6 PM and by appointment
Opening: 26 September, 2014, 8PM
Art Laboratory Berlin
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Images (from left to right): Bed and Chair Flora, MRSA Quilt, Blue Henry
Bilder (von links nach rechts): Bed and Chair Flora, MRSA Quilt, Blue Henry


Artists in this exhibition: Anna Dumitriu


[micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime
Anna Dumitriu

Opening: 26 September, 2014, 8PM
Exhibition runs: 27 September – 30 November, 2014
Opening hours: Fri-Sun, 2-6PM and by appointment.

Open 31 October until 9PM
Sunday 28 September, 3PM - Artist talk
Sunday 30 November - Workshop with the artist

Curators: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz


The third exhibition of the series [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies will be a solo retrospective of British artist Anna Dumitriu, whose work in the field of art and science brings together historical narratives, cutting edge biomedical research and an interest in ethical concerns.

Dumitriu is well known for creating The VRSA Dress & and The MRSA Quilt which were made from so-called 'superbugs'. To create those works she grew bacteria onto textiles and used natural and clinical antibiotics to create patterns (sterilised prior to exhibition).

"Normal flora" is the study of the ubiquitous bacteria, moulds and yeasts that form a key part of the complex ecosystems around us: our bodies, our homes, and the wider planet. Bed and Chair Flora comprises a carved and altered chair with images of the bacteria that were originally cultured from it. The collaborative crochet is based on electron microscope images of bacteria from the artist’s own bed.

Bacteria have intricate communication capabilities, which are now being investigated as a form of social intelligence. To explore this The Communicating Bacteria Dress combines bioart, historical textile techniques, such as whitework embroidery, and 3D mapped video projections. The work was created by staining textiles using pigmented bacteria change colour when they send and receive communication signals.

The exhibition will also include works from her series The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis which explores the history of tuberculosis (TB) from artistic, social and scientific perspectives and covers subjects such as superstitions about the disease, TB's literary and romantic associations, the development of antibiotics and the latest research into whole-genome sequencing of mycobacteria. Dumitriu has worked with researchers from the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project to create a significant new body of work around this clinically and culturally significant disease.

Anna Dumitriu is currently Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford and Visiting Research Fellow: Artist in Residence at the University of Hertfordshire.
www.normalflora.co.uk

Press: Olga Shmakova




[micro]biologies I: the bacterial sublime
Anna Dumitriu

Vernissage: 26. September 2014, 20 Uhr
Laufzeit: 27. September – 30. November 2014
Öffnungszeiten: Fr-So, 14-18 Uhr (und nach Vereinbarung). Am 31.10. bis 21 Uhr geöffnet.

28. September, 15 Uhr - Künstleringespräch
30. November - Workshop mit Anna Dumitriu

Kuratoren: Regine Rapp & Christian de Lutz

Die dritte Ausstellung der Reihe [macro]biologies & [micro]biologies wird in Form einer Soloausstellung die britische Künstlerin Anna Dumitriu vorstellen, die sich in ihren Arbeiten im Bereich Kunst und Naturwissenschaft sowohl historischen Narrativen und avantgardistischen biomedizinischen Forschungsfragen widmet als auch mit großem Interesse ethische Aspekte thematisiert.

Dumitriu ist sehr bekannt geworden durch ihre Arbeiten "The VRSA Dress" und "The MRSA Quilt", die beide aus dem sogenannten 'Superbazillus' gemacht wurden. Für diese Arbeiten hat Dumitriu Bakterien auf Textilien wachsen lassen und benutzte dann natürliche und klinische Antibiotika, um mit diesen Muster entstehen zu lassen (vor der Ausstellung selbstverständlich sterilisiert).

Die Ausstellung wird auch Arbeiten ihrer Serie "Romantic Disease" zeigen, welche die Geschichte der Krankheit Tuberkulose (TB) aus künstlerischer, sozialer sowie wissenschaftlicher Perspektive untersucht. Dabei werden literarische Bezüge zu TB und Aspekte des Aberglaubens hinsichtlich der Krankheit beleuchtet, aber auch die Entwicklung der Antibiotika und jüngste Forschungsergebnisse über die Erbgut-Entschlüsselung von Mykobakterien zur Debatte gestellt.
www.normalflora.co.uk

Presse: Olga Shmakova


OPEN CALL - Nonhuman subjectivities






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