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The Chemistry of Biology: An Alchemy of DNA Exhibition & Opening (Birmingham, England)

October 11, 2017 - October 25, 2017

Anna Dumitriu’s residency at in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Birmingham will culminate in an exhibition at BOM, which explores the chemical nature of DNA, the enigmatic ‘instruction book of life’, which at its base is simply a concoction of phosphorus, nitrogen, hydrogen, oxygen and carbon. Referencing alchemical desires to ‘transmute’ matter into new forms, create panaceas to cure any disease, or to find the secret of immortality, the artist weaves together complex historical narratives with synthetic biology, DNA sequencing, and new super-resolution imaging technologies in an attempt to deconstruct what DNA is and what it means to us. The exhibition will involve a large scale digital projection and a sculptural installation involving the raw materials of DNA.

Anna has been collaborating with Dr Rob Neely from the University of Birmingham to explore how new chemical tools in biotechnology will have far reaching cultural and scientific implications for the future. Their collaboration has been funded by a Leverhulme Trust Artist in Residence Award. It is created as part of the BeyondSeq project.


October 11, 2017
October 25, 2017
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Birmingham, England B5 4EG United Kingdom
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