Forthcoming exhibition “Atmospheric Conditions” features IUR members Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, Melissa Grant and Oliver De Peyer at BOM in Birmingham UK running from 19th May 19 – 28th August 2021.
Ingenious and Fearless Companions
“Ingenious and Fearless Companions” was an exhibition commissioned by BOM (Birmingham Open Media) in 2016 by The High Altitude Bioprospecting team which features Institute of Unnecessary Research Department Heads Melissa Grant, Oliver De Peyer, Anna Dumitriu, Alex May, and Kira O’ Reilly, plus Paul Shepherd. The remains of the wrecked robot which fell to earth from a rocket when its parachute failed to open were autopsied in a unique performance led by Kira O’Reilly.
A video-mapped installation using footage of the HAB rocket launch using weather balloons by Alex May.
A “Stratospheric Communication Device” created by Anna Dumitriu in collaboration with Melissa Grant sent in to space to chemically communicate with the bacteria of the air was also exhibited in a specially created installation, and there was an attempt to communicate to the bacteria in the gallery using the bacterial communication hormone homoserine lactone.
The Institute of Unnecessary Research Meets The Egyptian BioArt Society
The Institute of Unnecessary Research and The Egyptian BioArt Club have collaborated in the form of a living artwork/exhibition and open lab around DIY microbiology practices, BioArt, the body and digital technologies bringing together a team of internationally renowned artists to the prestigious annual media arts festival ISEA 2014, which took place in the city of Dubai. The exhibition featured artworks by Heba El Aziz, Lucy McCabe, Alex May, and Anna Dumitriu.
Institute of Unnecessary Research Performance at The Blind Tiger Club, Brighton
Institute of Unnecessary Research created a special night of performances at the Blind Tiger Club in Brighton, UK in 2011. The event featured Dave Lawrence, Alex May, Simon Hall, Rosie Sedgwick and Richard Robinson.
Institute of Unnecessary Research Performances and Installations at Shunt Lounge
The Institute of Unnecessary Research created a series of performances and installations for Shunt Lounge in 2008 and 2009.
Institute of Unnecessary Research: Night-time Fixations
The Institute of Unnecessary Research ran an all night talks and performance event as part of the Brighton White Night Festival in 2008.
The Institute of Unnecessary Research Children’s Event, Sallis Benney Theatre, Brighton, UK
The Institute of Unnecessary Research Children’s Event took place at the Sallis Benney Theatre at the University of Brighton in 2007 as part of Brighton Children’s Festival.
Unnecessary Karaoke Research, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, UK
The Unnecessary Karaoke Research event took place at Phoenix Art Space in Brighton in 2007. With EEG readings, puppetry, hacked karaoke machines, and post performance existential psychotherapy counselling.
Unnecessary Food Research, Brighton Marina, Brighton, UK
A spectacular Unnecessary Food Research event took place for Brighton Food Festival at Brighton Marina, UK in 2006
WORMHOLE SALOON V at the Whitechapel Gallery, London, UK
The Institute of Unnecessary Research participated in the WORMHOLE SALOON V at the Whitechapel Art Gallery in 2006.
Institute of Unnecessary Research Event, University of Sussex, UK
An Institute of Unnecessary Research Event took place at the University of Sussex in 2004.
Institute of Unnecessary Research Launch Event, Phoenix Art Space, Brighton, UK
The launch event took place in at Phoenix Art Space in 2004 as part of their annual open studios event.