… and they eat babies!
First thing to do, is a bit of reading. Luckily my friend Mac Cowell, DIYbio, recently blogged about this book:
Full Revelations of a Professional Rat-Catcher, after 25 Years’ Experience
by Ike Matthews.
Download Ratchatcher_book here.
Revelations of Professional Rat-Catchers, after 25 hours’ Experience
So we went to Maribor, working with the people from GT22, reading sessions, book-making sessions, teaching them how to deal with rats (strictly according to the book)…. and of course Rat-Catching! We did several explorations of the urban environment of Maribor (ALWAYS PUT TRAPS AT NIGHT!), asked the locals about their stories and experiences and then set out to put our baits & sawdust mixtures at various places of interest.
See the updated and contemporary version on the wiki
We are prepared to go out Ratting with parties of gentlemen or their ladies on their private estates during the summer, supplying traps, bags and nets, at moderate charges. Arrangements may be made by e-mail.
We are also willing to go out rabbit-shooting with gentlemen during the season, at reasonable charges. We are also prepared to bring invasive nutrias on reasonable terms.
Any number of live Rats, snails, nutria and rabbits supplied at a few days’ notice.
All orders promptly attend to. Undeniable References.
doms, tomas, dusjagr
Lab & Education Manager
Kristijan has a diploma in biotechnology, was working in Hiša Eksperimentov (Ljubljana) co-founder of “akademia za radovedne” and is now the Lab & Education Manager in Biotehna and K3. His main goal is to connect open source bio-lab project with students and to create first bio-lab in Slovenia, where people can do different projects (science, art,…), learn how to make their own labs and bio-art-hack workshops.
Phone: +386 (0) 31 423 380
Interests: fermentation, DIWO and DIY enthusiast, open source bio-labs
BioTehna Community Researchers
Interests: bio-VJ tools, urban hunting, cave µ-safari
Špela Petrič (1980), PhD in biochemistry and has studied at Transmedia, LUCA, Brussels. As an artist she focuses on the cross-section of biological sciences, performance and art and collaborates with the Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana. Her recent work includes Humalga: Towads the Human Spore (art-research project with Robertina Šebjanič, 2012), Circadian Drift (installation with Maja Smrekar, 2012), CTCAG – recognition (lecture-performance, 2011), Cladocera (installation, 2010).
Interests: rats, weird hair colors, carrots
Boštjan Leskovšek is a sound artist and co-founder of Cirkulacija2. As an unstable creation he creates changes, cleans through it, falls apart by repetition and tries to create a communication with the border and limit relationship, between the fictive and real, between the place and the space. Since 2010 Boštjan has explored the interface of microscopic life-forms, fungi and other biomaterials for sound and visual experimentation during the NanoSmano sessions in Ljubljana.
Interests: worm-VJ tools, noise / pd, poetry, polh hunting, fungi
Robertina explores in her projet’s various media such as video and ambiental installations and more broadly conceived cross media / technology within the context of contemporary art practice. The context of her ideas and concepts is often realized in collaboration with other authors, and thus through interdisciplinary and informal integration embodied in her work.
In 2012 she organized Interactivos?’12 Ljubljana: Obsolete Technologies of the Future at LJUDMILA digital media lab in Ljubljana where she was between 2008 and 2012 head and a co-ordinator of art and educational activities.
Vimeo channel: https://vimeo.com/robertina
Ljudmila wiki about Robertina
Interests: jellyfish, ferrofluids, bubbles, video installations, lo-fi electronic music
Aleš Hieng – Zergon
Aleš Hieng – Zergon (1984) is a musical performer with a BA degree in chemistry. His improvised live performances are characterized by analog-produced and modulated sounds and noises combined with field recordings, as well the use of personally created electronic sound devices.
Interests: chemistry, nanobots, DJing, Sound art, electronics
Oskar is a fish! But we really like him. We found him in Maribor, when we did the MobileLab field trip around the local lakes. He is an angry motherf***er and likes to be fed a lot!
Interests: Attacking other fish (everything), invasive species, food
Saša Spačal is an intermedia artist and a graphic designer with background in humanities, who has expanded her knowledge of computer graphics, web and video production at various workshops. She is currently working in the fields of graphic design, real-time interactive visualization and intermedia art, trying to connect various technological and biological organisms.
Agapea – Saša’s Website
Interests: neuroscience, mycelia, lo-fi electronic music, sound installation
Maja Smrekar was born 1978 in Slovenia, 2005 graduated at the Sculpture Department of Fine Art Academy in Ljubljana, currently finishing MA at the New Media Department. Her main artistic focus remains at the intermedia art field. Among others, she has been collaborating with Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana for the last six years and with Aksioma Institute for the last four years. Under their production she has executed projects within which she was researching frequency phenomena through biofeedback and thelematic presence in relations to body, privacy and (inter)subjective perception of space. During the last few years she has been developing projects within the field of bioart with focus on living organisms.
Interests: wolves, invasive species, genetic art, intermedia art
BioTehna Advisory Board
Sandra Sajovic, Kapelica Gallery
Dr. Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr, hackteria, SGMK
Jurij Krpan, Kapelica Gallery
Gjino Šutić [Biotweaker] & UR Institute
Dr. Špela Petrič
Urs Gaudenz, hackteria, GaudiLabs
find more info on the hackteria wiki in Englishi and on the lifepatch wiki in Indonesian
… stay tuned for updates
On 19-20. Oct 2013 we went out to a new cave, Jama Mačkovica, near Laze, Slovenia, this time equipped with upgraded mobile labs for getting microbial samples, setting up traps for attracting insects, making coffee and chicken and doing VJ and Sound sessions….
How to make simple insect traps
Simple plastic (or glass) container, make a hole [...]
Today dusjagr was invited for a 50 min interview/discussion to the studios of Radio Študent in Ljubljana. For 50 mintues we talked about dusjagr’s interdisciplinary works as a researcher, how he got involved in Slovenia through NanoŠmano, KIBLIX 2011 and BioTehna, and also the more recent activities on urban ecologies meets artist’s kitchen and cave [...]
It’s not a gun culture – It’s a food culture
Coming soon… Nutria
Urban Hunting – Session 2: Nutria from dusjagr on Vimeo.
Last weekend we set out to Ljubljanica to investigate various habitats of the local Nutria species. A few hundred meters above Špica, we found a small canal, where there are loooooaaads of them. The [...]
Our partners from BioDESIGN.CC will be hosting this session coming next June 2014:
CALL FOR ABSTRACTS – deadline 14 October 2013
The Openness Paradigm: How Synergies Between Open Access, Open Data, Open Science, Open Source Hardware, Open Drug Discovery Support Development?
Session [TH2-SE02-11] in the UNESCO Chair in Technologies for Development: What is Essential?
4-6 June 2014 | [...]
We are currently looking into various urban ecologies in the city of Ljubljana. Together with Dominik Mahnič, creator of the Artist’s Kitchen Youtube series, and friends we will explore various habitats and environments of urban life, and experimenting with traditional recipes for cooking and eating them.
It’s curcial to plan and adapt your expeditions due to [...]
Denisa Kera is a philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to rethink history of science, but also future scenarios related to emerging technologies. She views prototypes as critical probes and tools for public deliberation, reflection and participation in science. In 2013 she became a collector of DIYbio prototypes and Hackteria network archivist. The collection [...]