Trust me, I'm an artist

"Mutate or Die" with Adam Zaretsky    “Self-Experimentation” and the Ethics Committee of 1 with Neal White   “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime” with Anna Dumitriu   "Du cheval au panda..." with Art Orienté objet   

"Trust me, I'm an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art and Science Collaboration" is a series of public events, taking place in international settings, investigates the new ethical issues arising from art and science collaboration and consider the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved. At each event (before a live audience) an internationally known artist proposed an artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee then debated the proposal and came to a decision, the artist was then informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they entered into a discussion about the result. The proposals were selected as they raise interesting questions for science ethics committees and help reveal the mechanisms that drive this usually hidden process, enabling the wider public to understand the driving forces behind ethical decisions and the role of artists working in scientific settings more deeply. The project “Trust Me I’m an Artist: Towards an Ethics of Art/Science Collaboration” is led by artist Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Professor Bobbie Farsides (Chair of Ethics, Brighton and Sussex Medical School) in collaboration with Waag Society. The first four events were made in collaboration with Leiden University and BioSolar Cells. Follow the links above to view the events, videos and other documentation. For more information contact annadumitriu@hotmail.com
“Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Building a Biosafety Level 2 Lab in a Gallery” with Anna Dumitriu, Thursday 1st March 2012, 6-8pm at The Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Eire. Anna Dumitriu is proposing the construction of a portable Biosafety Level 2 Microbiology Laboratory for use in art gallery settings. The purpose of the space will be to allow participatory hands-on bioart acrivities and the exhibition of artworks created using pathogenic and genetically modified bacteria. The lab will provide supervised access and practical workshops for the public and artists alike to enable them to experience a deeper understanding of the microbial world and develop a bacteriocentric view. Dumitriu has previously exhibited a number of works created using GM bacteria in her “Communicating Bacteria Dress" and pathogenic bacteria as in her MRSA Quilt (which was run as workshop at the V & A in London) or textile works including the extracted DNA of tuberculosis that have either been killed and sterilised or filmed in remote settings. In this work she seeks to enable the audience to experience what it feels like to be confronted with the intricate behaviours of living bacteria in their most sublime form. Watch the event and see the documents here.

“Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Building a Biosafety Level 2 Lab in a Gallery” with Anna Dumitriu, Thursday 1st March 2012, 6-8pm at The Science Gallery, The Naughton Institute, Pearse Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, Eire. Anna Dumitriu is proposing the construction of a portable Biosafety Level 2 Microbiology Laboratory for use in art gallery settings. The purpose of the space will be to allow participatory hands-on bioart acrivities and the exhibition of artworks created using pathogenic and genetically modified bacteria. The lab will provide supervised access and practical workshops for the public and artists alike to enable them to experience a deeper understanding of the microbial world and develop a bacteriocentric view. Dumitriu has previously exhibited a number of works created using GM bacteria in her “Communicating Bacteria Dress" and pathogenic bacteria as in her MRSA Quilt (which was run as workshop at the V & A in London) or textile works including the extracted DNA of tuberculosis that have either been killed and sterilised or filmed in remote settings. In this work she seeks to enable the audience to experience what it feels like to be confronted with the intricate behaviours of living bacteria in their most sublime form. Watch the event and see the documents here.

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