Mendel’s Legacy: Exploring Bacterial Genomics through Art

Lecture by Anna Dumitriu and Alex May at the Mendel Museum, Brno

Saturday, 28th November 2015, 4:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Anna Dumitriu in her current project “Sequence” uses the latest research in whole genome sequencing and the 2.8 million base pairs of DNA from the Staphylococcus aureus bacteria (the non antibiotic resistant form of the MRSA ‘superbug’) cultured from Dumitriu’s own body and sequenced by the artist herself as a starting point to investigate how this new technology operates in both a practical and cultural context, set against a backdrop of public concerns around privacy, the commercialisation of data, the threat of new pandemics and the lack of new antibiotic treatments. This new advance in diagnosis and tracking of infectious diseases is currently revolutionising the sciences of microbiology and epidemiology, and stems directly from Mendel’s legacy.

Event details can be found here

Sequence at the V&A

image“Sequence” is currently being exhibited at the V & A Museum in London, as part of the London Design Festival.

A new virtual reality experience has been created using an Oculus Rift, and Alex’s Fugio art software, as part of the ongoing Sequence project using the data and footage from the project. It will be shown alongside a series of objects and artefacts created during the project including live bacteria, and accompanied by a participatory DNA extraction/preparation workshop where artist Anna Dumitriu will be joined by Dr Nicola Fawcett from the Modernisng Medical Microbiology Project.

The event takes place on 25th – 27th September 2015. See more information here.