Event 3: “Confronting the Bacterial Sublime: Building a Biosafety Level 2 Lab in a Gallery” with Anna Dumitriu
Date and time: Thursday 1st March 2012, 6-8pm
Venue: 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 the exhibition of artworks created using pathogenic and genetically modified bacteria and to provide supervised access and hands on practical art and microbiology workshops for the public. Dumitriu has previously exhibited a number of works created using GM and pathogenic bacteria that have either been killed and sterilised or filmed in remote settings (including her contribution The Science Gallery exhibition “Infectious” entitled “Cybernetic Bacteria 2.0 which made links between human digital communication and bacterial chemical communication). 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. Read more here.