STARTS Journeys

Fermenting Futures: BioArt and Yeast Biotechnology in Uncertain Times

Anna Dumitriu (UK), Alex May (UK)


Fermenting Futures is a project by artists Anna Dumitriu and Alex May which traverses BioArt, synthetic biology, digital technologies, sculpture, craft and installation and explores the significance of yeast biotechnology from a cultural perspective and seeks to engage arts audiences in the history and future of this important but under-recognised field. The project is created in collaboration with the Institute of Microbiology and Microbial Biotechnology at BOKU – Universität für Bodenkultur in Vienna.


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Anna Dumitriu (UK) is a British artist who works with BioArt, sculpture, installation, and digital media to explore in her works the social relevance of biotechnology, synthetic biology, and robotics. Her work has been exhibited internationally at the ZKM, Ars Electronica Festival, BOZAR, The Picasso Museum, The V & A Museum, and LABoral to name just a few. She currently holds visiting scholarships at the University of Hertfordshire, the Brighton and Sussex Medical School, and the Waag Society.   

Alex May (UK) is a British media artist who uses digital media to investigate physical and emotional human limits on a personal and social level. He has exhibited at the Francis Crick Institute, Eden Project, Tate Modern, Ars Electronica festival, LABoral, and the Science Gallery in Dublin.