Thursday 25th February 2016
Late gallery opening and talk Unnecessary Research: Art as a Metadiscipline: by Anna Dumitriu.
Blue Monkey Network is an artists’ network which aims to help build links between arts communities in East Sussex and beyond, and promote collaborations which can provide more opportunities for artists to show and make new work. With this in mind, Blue Monkey Network visited Phoenix Brighton, where BMN organiser, Judith Alder had been working with the Phoenix team to curate an exhibition, The New Immortals, which included work by Judith and nine other artists including Blue Monkey Network members Cat Ingrams and Angela Smith and Phoenix studio holder Rachel Cohen.
As well as an opportunity to chat with Judith and some of the exhibiting artists, the event included an inspiring talk by bio-artist Anna Dumitriu talking about her experience of cross-disciplinary collaborative working. Anna talked about her experiences of creating art embedded in bioscience settings and described some personal projects, including working with the Modernising Medical Microbiology group at The University of Oxford, and exploring the field of synthetic biology at the University of California Irvine.
This event provided an opportunity for artists to find out more about the potential of cross-disciplinary working and how it might enhance their practice as artists.
Anna Dumitriu (1969) is a British artist whose work fuses craft, technology and bioscience to explore our relationship to the microbial world. She is artist in residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, a visiting research fellow: artist in residence in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hertfordshire, and an honorary research fellow in the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School. She has an international exhibition profile, having exhibited at venues such as Waag Society, Amsterdam, Art Laboratory Berlin, V & A Museum, London, Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, and The Picasso Museum, Barcelona. Her book “Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration”, in collaboration with Bobbie Farsides, was published in 2014.