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Anna Dumitriu And Alex May: Recent Works

Art, science, and technology combine in a fascinating fusion as the Wright Gallery of the Texas A&M College of Architecture opens their latest exhibition Anna Dumitriu and Alex May: Recent Works, running March 5-8, 2018. Through their innovative approaches, British artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May have established themselves at the forefront of the art-science practice, gaining international critical acclaim for their works which explore cutting-edge bioscience and technology. In conjunction with the exhibition of their stunning artworks, the artists will host three captivating, interactive workshops, bringing an even closer look at their pioneering pieces and processes.

Anna Dumitriu is a British artist whose work fuses craft, technology andbioscience to explore our relationship to the microbial world, biomedicine and technology. She has a strong international exhibition profile, having exhibited at The Picasso Museum in Barcelona (Spain), The Science Gallery in Dublin (Eire), The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) Taipei (Taiwan), ZKM (Germany), Waag Society Amsterdam (Netherlands), Art Laboratory Berlin (Germany), The V&A Museum in London (UK) and the Museum of the History of Science (UK). Dumitriu’s work is held in several major public collections, including the Science Museum London (UK) and Eden Project in Cornwall (UK). She workshop embedded in scientific and medical settings and is artist in residence on the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford (UK), a visiting research fellow: artist in residence in the Department of Computer Science at The University of Hertfordshire (UK), an honorary research fellow in the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health at Brighton and Sussex Medical School (UK), and a research fellow at Waag Society (Netherlands).

Dumitriu recently completed a residency at the Liu Laboratory for Synthetic Evolution at The University of California in Irvine (USA) and the resulting artworks were featured in the ground-breaking exhibition “WETWARE” at the Beall Center for Art and Technology in Irvine (USA) curated by Jens Hauser and David Familian. Her work is featured in William Myers significant large format book on Bio-Art, entitled “Bio-Art: Altered Realities” published by Thames and Hudson in 2016. She has recently begun a new collaboration with the National Culture Type Collection, the oldest and most significant collection of historically important micro-organisms in the world. 

Alex May is a British artist exploring a wide range of digital technologies, most notably video projection onto physical objects (building on the technique known as video mapping or projection mapping by using his own bespoke software), also interactive installations, generative works, full-size humanoid robots, performance, and video art. He has performed live video mapping at Tate Modern in London, and for the inauguration of Serre Numérique in Valenciennes, France, and exhibited internationally including at the Eden Project (permanent collection), V&A, Royal Academy of Art, Wellcome Collection, Science Museum, Bletchley Park, Watermans, Goldsmiths, One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, the Museum of Contemporary Art in Caracas, Venezuela, the Science Gallery in Dublin, Princeton University, University of Calgary (international visiting artist 2016), and the Beall Center for Art + Technology, University of California, Irvine.

May gives talks about many aspects of digital art, digital preservation, and public engagement with social robotics through art (UCLA, USC, School of Visual Arts (SVA) New York, University of Boulder, SUNY, TEDx Bucharest, Chelsea College of Art (in conversation with curator Robert Storr), Waag Society in Amsterdam, ICT2013 European Commission Digital Agenda event in Vilnius, Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, British Film Institute in London, Ahmed Shawky Museum in Cairo) and runs workshops for artists using his own software (UCLA, for Fluxmedia at Concordia University in Montreal, International Symposium on Electronic Art (ISEA) in Istanbul), and gave the 2012 Christmas lecture for the Computer Arts Society. 

Photo couresty of Anna Dumitriu