“Sequence” is a new Arts Council England funded project by artist Anna Dumitriu, in collaboration with artist/creative technologist Alex May. This biodigital installation will be exhibited for the first time at EVA 2015. The project involves the research, development and creation of an installation, which fuses leading edge digital technologies with bacterial bioart, biohacking, traditional media and altered artefacts, to artistically investigate the emerging technology of whole genome sequencing of bacteria and consider what it means to us personally, culturally and socially. This emerging technology is currently being developed and tested as a diagnostic and epidemiological tool within the UK health service.
The project involves collaborations with micro-biologists, bioinformaticians, computer scientists and ethicists from the Modernising Medical Microbiology Project (a collaboration between Public Health England and the University of Oxford), the University of Hertfordshire, and the Wellcome Trust Brighton and Sussex Centre for Global Health Research.