“Trust Me, I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collabo- ration” is a project and new book by Anna Dumitriu and Professor Bobbie Farsides, which investigates novel ethical issues arising through art and science collaboration and considers the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved. The project focusses on bioart or biomedical art and features projects by Adam Zaretsky, Neal White, Art Orienté objet, and Anna Dumitriu herself. Dumitriu proposed to build a containment level 2 bacteriology lab in an art gal- lery to enable the public to work hands on with pathogenic bacteria in a supervised setting as well as widening participation in DIY microbiology techniques. A progression of “Trust Me, I’m an Artist” was recently funded by the Creative Europe programme and will take place over the next two years.
Independent artist, Institute of Unnecessary Research, UK
Anna Dumitriu’s work is at the forefront of art and microbiology collaboration, with a strong interest in the ethical impact of emerging technologies. Her installations, interventions and performances use a range of digital, biological and traditional media including live bacteria, and are regularly exhibited internationally. She is Artist in Residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at The University of Oxford and won the 2012 Society for Applied Microbiology Communication Award. Her major Wellcome Trust funded project “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis” is currently on show at Art Laboratory Berlin as part of a solo retrospective.