Anna Dumitriu & Alex May

Artist

Anna Dumitriu (GB)
Alex May (GB)
ArchaeaBot
  • ArchaeaBot / Anna Dumitriu (GB), Alex May (GB), Credit: Vanessa Graf
  • ArchaeaBot / Anna Dumitriu (GB), Alex May (GB), Credit: Vanessa Graf

ArchaeaBot is a prototype of an underwater robotic installation that explores what ‘life’ might mean in a post-singularity and post-climate change future.

Based on new research on archaea (a group of unicellular micro-organisms believed to be the oldest form of life on earth adapted to life in extreme conditions) combined with the latest innovations in artificial intelligence and machine learning, the artists have tried to create the 'ultimate' species for the end of the world.

The work is the result of collaboration with researcher/cryomicroscopist Amanda Wilson within the framework of the EU MARA project, which is based at Imperial College. Additionally the artists are collaborating with Daniel Polani, Professor of Artificial Intelligence in the School of Computer Science at the University of Hertfordshire.

Anna Dumitriu and Alex May have developed this work through an artistic residency at LABoral. The residence is part of the first call of the European Media Art Platform (EMAP), aimed at European artists working with new technologies. The EMAP programme aims to encourage collaboration between artists and institutions using these media. LABoral is part of the network of members of the platform along with ten other prestigious European institutions.