Dorothée Elisa Baumann's (aka Do) arts education began in 2002 at the School of Fine Art Photography in Vevey, Switzerland. She was concurrently invited to participate in international exhibitions while still a student: Face You, Musée de l'Elysée & Hayward Gallery London, and Projection Swiss Young Talent Award. During her first experimental years as a student, she explored themes such as water, landscape, and portrait photography.

She continued her studies at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Geneva where she graduated in 2012 with a Master in Public Space and Contemporary Art Practice (HEAD), with honors. Dorothée Elisa’s practice then expanded through video works, mixed media installations, collages, and drawings. She became a multidisciplinary artist working on long-term projects with interdisciplinary and holistic methods.

Her first long-term project explored knowledge production through in situ artworks and interdisciplinary methods over three years in a center for basic research in cognitive neuroscience in Geneva (Pleasure Arousal Dominance). She transformed the exhibition space into a what she calls a ‘resonant space’ in chorus with folk practices of energy work and practices of expanded consciousness (aura photography), where visitors confuse and blur the exhibition with two ontologies of knowledge production, leaving the viewer with the dilemma of finding their truth. Her project won the international critics award Voix Off Arles France. The first solo exhibition of Pleasure Arousal Dominance was presented at CPG Centre de la photographie Genève in 2012. Her first monograph was published by Editions CPG/Les presses du reel (France) in 2017. She was simultaneously working part-time as the official picture editor for the City of Geneva and initiated the exhibition Vis-à-Vis in public spaces in Geneva as an artistic consultant in 2014. 

Baumann’s next projects were Take A Better Picture with her art manifesto of the same name. The works of this phase were shown in a solo exhibition (Centre Paquart) and at multiple venues (Juraplatz, Noorderlicht Festival, CPG, Fotomuseum Winterthur). What followed was engagement as an artist in a Ph.D. at the Faculty of Humanities at the University of Bern where she engages in artistic research: Unlearning-Erutan and the process of decolonization and reconciliation, the fond and the form of the Ph.D. are critically questioned in collaboration with First Nation people in Manhattan, NYC.