Image: Interior view of a 3D Scan of a Narwhal Tusk (a symbol of dentistry) from the BDH Collection – work in progress
3rd October 2019 – 17th January 2020
Anna Dumitriu is collaborating with Open Wide curator Dr Melissa Grant to explore the historic collection of Birmingham Dental Hospital and create a new exhibition entitled “Teeth Marks” which comprises a body of artworks that explore the cultural and psychological impact of dentistry, as well as the strange histories and emerging futures of the field, from teeth worms to 3D printing. The project is strongly inspired by the links between Birmingham Dental Hospital, the first of its kind in Europe, and its original location near the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter, as the silver and goldsmiths there had the necessary expertise for the fine work needed to make dental prosthetics. Dumitriu’s project uses 3D scanning and 3D printing, engraving and sculpture as well as incorporating altered historical objects (from the artist’s own collection) and (sterilised) dental bacteria.
Anna Dumitriu is a British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore our relationship to infectious diseases, synthetic biology and robotics. She has an extensive international exhibition profile including ZKM, Ars Electronica, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, The V & A Museum, Philadelphia Science Center, MOCA Taipei, LABoral, Art Laboratory Berlin, the 6th Guangzhou Triennial, HeK Basel, Furtherfield London, and The Museum of the History of Science Oxford. She was the 2018 President of the Science and the Arts section of the British Science Association and holds visiting research fellowships at the University of Hertfordshire, Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and Waag Society, as well as artist-in-residence roles with the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project at the University of Oxford, and with the National Collection of Type Cultures at Public Health England. Dumitriu is a renowned speaker and has presented her work at venues including TATE Modern, Princeton University, Imperial College, La Musee de la Chasse et de la Nature, The Mendel Museum and UCLA. Her work is featured in many books including “Bio Art: Altered Realities” published by Thames and Hudson in 2016 and many other significant publications across contemporary art and science including Artforum International Magazine, Leonardo Journal, The Art Newspaper, Art Quarterly, Nature and The Lancet.