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Einstein said: “If we knew what it was we were doing it wouldn’t be called research, would it?” “The Institute of Unnecessary Research” presents a new paradigm in the way artists are engaging with the world through transdisciplinary practice and connective aesthetics. Bringing together art, science and philosophy by creating participatory audience experiences, performances and installations. Sometimes humorous and sometimes grotesque, their work pushes the boundaries and critically questions the means of knowledge production in the 21st Century. Artists are innovators, if a new piece of technology or a new medium, becomes available; artists want to try it, to experiment with it- from microbiology to robotics; from tissue culture to neuroscience. Some artists take on the role of a scientist in almost a performative way and some scientists become artists themselves. Philosophy and ethics is always at its core and the work unpacks the instrumentalization of science for commercial and political ends. Forms of “connective aesthetics” are used to engage the audience in a participatory experience that extends and generates new outcomes throughout the exhibition and go beyond simple interactivity, throwing authorship into question, as members of the audience are inspired to become Unnecessary Researchers in their own rights. The IUR is a hub for researchers and artists working experimentally and deeply engaged with their specific research areas. We present our research through performative and experiential methods, engaging the public and new audiences in our ideas. We organise performance events (many of which can be seen here) in art galleries and other non-traditional settings (including: universities, businesses and festivals) to engage the public in our research and meta-research. We also create participatory workshops, where participants become the researchers and learn about our work experientially. We are specialists in our specific research fields and deeply committed to making our work accessible. We offer exhibitions (curated around specific themes in our research), talks and organise symposia and are able to suggest speakers for events. To organise a special IUR event, get involved with our work, be kept informed about events or for permission to use images please contact us. For more information contact annadumitriu@hotmail.com

Anna Dumitriu’s major groundbreaking new solo exhibition “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis” opened at 6pm on 15th January at Watermans in London, UK, and was open daily noon until 9pm until 24th March. It featured artworks made with a combination of textile art, altered historic objects, and biological matter including sterilised strains of mycobacteria. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. It will now tour.

Anna Dumitriu’s major groundbreaking new solo exhibition “The Romantic Disease: An Artistic Investigation of Tuberculosis” opened at 6pm on 15th January at Watermans in London, UK, and was open daily noon until 9pm until 24th March. It featured artworks made with a combination of textile art, altered historic objects, and biological matter including sterilised strains of mycobacteria. Supported by The Wellcome Trust. It will now tour.

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We are pleased to announce that Dr Heba el Aziz has joined the Institute of Unnecessary Research as Head of Art and Science in The Arab World. Her work focuses on the challenge of developing links between the art and science communities across the Arab world.

We are pleased to announce that Dr Heba el Aziz has joined the Institute of Unnecessary Research as Head of Art and Science in The Arab World. Her work focuses on the challenge of developing links between the art and science communities across the Arab world.

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Head of Robotics Paul Granjon spoke about his work at 6:15pm on 28th November 2012 at The Royal College of Art as part of the Computer Arts Society lecture series. Paul’s often humorous artwork investigates the co-evolution of humans and machines. All welcome!

Head of Robotics Paul Granjon spoke about his work at 6:15pm on 28th November 2012 at The Royal College of Art as part of the Computer Arts Society lecture series. Paul’s often humorous artwork investigates the co-evolution of humans and machines. All welcome!

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Head of Ethics Ellen Ter Gast recently spoke in The Hague, Netherlands, about the moral and political dilemmas that are brought up by the works in the exhibition “Uncommitted Crime”. In the debate, organised by Quartair, she reflected on the role that art can play in articulating the feelings evoked by the developments in (bio) technology. 

Head of Ethics Ellen Ter Gast recently spoke in The Hague, Netherlands, about the moral and political dilemmas that are brought up by the works in the exhibition “Uncommitted Crime”. In the debate, organised by Quartair, she reflected on the role that art can play in articulating the feelings evoked by the developments in (bio) technology. 

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Kira O’Reilly (Head of Tissue Culture) featured in an exciting new exhibition at St Paul’s Project Space, London called “Blank Promiscuity” until 12th August 2012. The exhibition included “Refolding (Laboratory Architectures)” (pictured) which was made in collaboration with Jennifer Willet. See more about the exhibition here.

Kira O’Reilly (Head of Tissue Culture) featured in an exciting new exhibition at St Paul’s Project Space, London called “Blank Promiscuity” until 12th August 2012. The exhibition included “Refolding (Laboratory Architectures)” (pictured) which was made in collaboration with Jennifer Willet. See more about the exhibition here.

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Plastic Viscera: Reconstruct & Regenerate - An interdisciplinary art and science symposium considering the historical legacy of reconstructive and regenerative medicine, was organised by IUR Head of Anatomy Simon Hall and featured a talk by IUR Director Anna Dumitriu. See here for information.

Plastic Viscera: Reconstruct & Regenerate - An interdisciplinary art and science symposium considering the historical legacy of reconstructive and regenerative medicine, was organised by IUR Head of Anatomy Simon Hall and featured a talk by IUR Director Anna Dumitriu. See here for information.

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