Anna Dumitriu

Artists highlight research aimed at combating antibiotic resistance to TB

The University of Brighton is funding artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May to bring together “creative visualisation, 3D technologies and BioArt to engage diverse audiences”.

Anna Dumitriu is a visual and performance artist and Alex May is an artist and technologist who lectures at the University on our Digital Media Arts MA and works with a variety of forms including video projection and software programming,

They will create an interactive art installation to communicate innovations being researched around the world that uses bacterial genomics to target treatments.

Anna and Alex will work with the CRyPTIC project, an international consortium led by partners at the University of Oxford, to “explore the unique data behind their latest research, which enables them, for the first time, to predict which antibiotic drugs can be used to treat a patient with tuberculosis based on the DNA of their infection: a revolutionary single test combining diagnosis, treatment and epidemiology”.

The artists awards are funded by the European Regional Development Fund and Arts Council England through the Creative Local Growth part of the University’s £1.3m ‘DRIVA arts DRIVA’ (Digital Research & Innovation Value Accelerator), a programme set up to “combine the skills, assets and resources of creatives, technologists and data scientists to generate new business growth in the Coast to Capital region”.

A second grant has been awarded to visual artist Helen Dewhurst, sound designer Jeph Vanger and Andrew Lea, AI technologist at the University of Brighton. They will use “the live, immersive experience of data generated by Gatwick Airport to develop a vibrational sound chair, creating an experiential prototype for their Transit project”.

Alli Beddoes, Artistic Director and CEO of the Brighton-based arts charity Lighthouse, Super Fused Awards panel member said: “Creatives working with data as ‘material’ is reflective of our time. In an age of data-driven decision making, our collective data shadows and reveals our personal lives, social groups, corporate interactions and civic society.

“It was a great pleasure being on the selection panel for the DRIVA Superfused Collaboration Awards. Each winning proposal sought to carve out new, innovative ways of looking at ourselves within the world, with a progressive vision of collaborating and working alongside creative businesses and technologists.”

The second round of awards will be launched on 25 March. DRIVA Arts DRIVA is running a two-day People, Places and Personalisation event on 23-24 March. To find out more, go to the Eventbrite page.

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