HackteriaLab 2011 - Romainmotier

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Retreat | 28 JUL - 4 AUG @ Romainmotier (L'Arc)

Reflection | 2 AUG Lausanne (EPFL) & Yverdon-Les-Bains (Maison d'Ailleurs) | 6 - 7 AUG @ Zürich (Walcheturm)

Finally the second HackteriaLab will take place this summer in Romainmôtier, Switzerland. HackteriaLab 2011 will be comprised of two sections. The first being the creative development and research phase of the „Retreat“ at L'Arc, Romainmôtier (VD) and the second a „Reflection“ comprising the public dissemination and communication events in Yverdon, Lausanne and Zurich as the culmination of the retreat. A highly interdisciplinary and multicultural group of artists and scientists will work collaboratively and share their knowledge with various networks of local artists, institutions and a public audience.

HackteriaLab 2011 | The Retreat

The event starts with a 7 days workshop/lab with invited international and local artists/scientists/biohackers (approx 20-25 people). During that time we can collaborate, discuss and work on ideas about DIY biology, ArtScience, BioHacking, Microscopy, NanoBio etc…

HackteriaLab 2011 Participants

A list-in-progress of all participants, guests and remote collaborators can be found here >>

HackteriaLab 2011 Schedule

During the hackteria lab, we will be working mostly in the monastery

Apart from all the fun of making stuff there should be a regular series of events where we 'connect'. Suggestions include;

- Morning assemblies; starting each day by sharing what we did the day before and ideas for the coming day.

- Microworkshops; anyone who has an idea or technique they want to share.

- Led half or full day sessions; would anyone be interested in running a day long workshop? could we run a series of these?

- Lunch is taken together and we use it as a time for discussion and exchange.

- Evening presentations; anyone who wants to show work, tell a story, share a video.

We should consider how we keep the kids involved.

Another option is to run the lab with 'nodes'. In the workspace are a series of distinct workspaces. For example; the microscopy zone, the micro-fluidics zone, the DIY lab zone, etc etc. People could choose in which node to focus their work either on a daily basis or for the duration of the lab. Each node would require a node 'leader'.

HackteriaLab 2011 Commons

On the HackteriaLab 2011 Commons we can discuss different topics of interest, share information and links, collect code and collaborate in the future.

HackteriaLab 2011 Material/Tools

On the HackteriaLab 2011 Material/Tools page we can plan and collect more information about the material the participants will bring in and also what still needs to be ordered. During the hackteria workshop/lab there will be a large collection of materials and tools available, including some living microorganisms, lab gear, nanoparticles, cameras, lasers and general electronic and mechanical parts, to be used/shared by all the participants.

Andy will be coming directly from China. If anyone wants any cheap, weird, interesting Chinese electronic stuff let me know and I'll see if I can find it in the electronics markets and bring it over.

HackteriaLab 2011 Playground

Due to our participant of the genus "juvenile human being" we will have child care to support us during the hackteria lab. more information about the HackteriaLab 2011 Playground can be found here.

Laboratory area for kids in the same space as our own workspace. With microscopes and means for catching and storing organisms and samples. Drawing and painting materials for keeping logs, notebooks and sketchbooks for what they've found and explored.

Use these playful experiments as a basis for dedicated Hackteria kids workshops.

ideas for kid projects:

build a butterfly feeder with proximity sensor. when butterflies are feeding it sends a signal.

pond creature catching and microscopy

cress growing

HackteriaLab 2011 Library

It would be cool to have a temporary Hackterialab library for the days we are in the monastery. Imagine... sitting by a roaring fire, in a leather armchair, smoking your pipe, with a glass of absinthe, reading about the history of microscopy. Books are heavy, but if you have room for one or two in your suitcase then bring them along.

HackteriaLab 2011 Homestay

We will provide suitable accomodation for all international participants. Please read here >>

HackteriaLab 2011 The Cook

Monica is suggesting that, if we don't employ a dedicated cook, that we have a system of turns of taking care of feeding everyone. If we have 2 or 3 people who are prepared to co-ordinate the buying and preparation of food, and everyone takes responsibility for cleaning it could work out. Maybe breakfasts would be everyone helping themselves, lunch would be something prepared, and evenings communal barbeque type stuff.

Absinthe will also probably be necessary.

Location / Romainmôtier

L'Arc - Littérature et atelier de réflexion contemporaine

Until we work out how to embed a GoogleMap here's a link - http://bit.ly/iDPPQM

Official Site L'Arc(DE/FR) L’Arc – Literature and Contemporary Art (EN)

How to get there

As you can imagine the Retreat will happen in a remote area in the Swiss Jura mountains. So its not too easy to find travel information through international ticket sites. In case you organise your travel, just make sure you get to Switzerland from the right direction and arrive in one of the nearby major cities, such as Geneva from the south, or Basel/Zürich form the North and West. Also local train fares are quite expensive without special residency tickets, so we will provide a minibus to collectively pick you up and drive you to the monastry.

Collective transportation by mini-bus from Zürich/Basel/Yverdon to Romainmotier

By train

check SBB / DB

1. Zurich < arrive on 27th >

2. Yverdon-les-Bains < arrive on 28th > If arrive your own, pls see sample route SBB :

  • Basel SBB ab13:03 > Yverdon-les-Bains an14:54
  • Yverdon-les-Bains ab15:19 > Cossonay an15:39
  • Cossonay ab15:45 > Croy-Romainmôtier an16:01
  • Croy-Romainmôtier (bus 5221) ab16:02 > Romainmôtier, église << ----- final bus stop

By airplane

Either you fly to Geneva on 28th, Basel or Zurich on 27th. and stay overnight in Zürich. we'll drive together on the 28th to Romainmotier.

HackteriaLab 2011 | The Reflection / Visits

Location / Lausanne (EPFL)

Tue, 2nd AUG, 10h - 15h Lab Tour

#stem cell engineering lab

#IGEM lab, Bioelectronics lab

#Brain and Mind Institute

12h30 - 13h30 Lunch in Mensa

15h00 - 17h00 Open/Public discussion and refreshments

Location / Yverdon-Les-Bains (Maison d'Ailleurs)

Tue, 2nd AUG, 18h30 Apero

20h00 Presentations

# Anna Comiotto (CH) on Conservation of BioArt and Plastics

#Marc Atallah (CH) on Science and Science Fiction

#Georg Dietzler (DE) on Fungi and Future Environmentalism

#tba participant from HackterLab2011

Location / L'Arc, Romanmotier

Wed, 3rd AUG - The Public Day

starting from 14h - open end, visit us at L'Arc, feel the atmosphere of HackteriaLab and discuss with all participants. Join an evening of BBQ and drinks.

Location / Zürich (Walcheturm)

Fri, 5th AUG, 20h00 Concert by KOELSE / Association of experimental electronics

Sat, 6th AUG & Sun, 7th AUG HackteriaLab2011 program – The Reflection – Walcheturm - Zurich

Hackteria is a highly interdisciplinary multicultural group of artists, hackers and scientists who work and share their knowledge on DIY biology, generic lab infrastructure and garage science. Following the 6 day Retreat in L'ARC, Romainmotier – the second annual international HackteriaLab – Hackteria invites the public to participate in two days of workshops, presentations and discussions around various aspects of art and science practice. This weekend program will serve to conclude, communicate and reflect on the work and developments which have come about through our collaborative experiments over the last week.


Ongoing both days: Ecxhibition and display of objects, artefacts, prototypes and systems made during the HackteriaLab in Romainmotier: Tobias Hoffmann (DE), Øyvind Mellbye (NO) and Antti Tenetz (FE) – Observing Micro Messenger Bengt Sjolen (SE) and Mac Cowell (US) – DIY PCR machine Julian Abraham (Togar) (ID) – Microsatellite Incubator Andy Gracie (UK/ES) – DIY Magnetic Stirrer Marc Dusseiller (CH) – Kresse Shield Spela Petric and Maja Smrekar (SLO) – The Ultrasonic Rat Detector Cristian Faubel (DE), Ivan Henriques (BR/NL), Georg Dietzler (DE) and Jesus Queijas (ES/CH) - Reflecting Nature Back on to Itself Verena Friedrich (DE) – DIY Glovebox Incubator

Saturday 6th: Workshops: 14.00 to 18.00 DIY Video Microscopy day 1. Conversion of USB webcams into video microscopes. Led by Øyvind Mellbye (NO) and Areti Nikolopoulou (GR) Finnish Kilju Wine Making day 1. Led by Marc Dusseiller (CH) and Nur Akbar Arrofatullah (ID) 17.30 to 18.00 Tempeh making. Led by HONF (Nur Akbar Arrofatullah and Julian Abraham (ID)) 18.00 – 18.30 Bio plastics. Led by Brian Degger (AU)

Brief Presentations: 19.00 to 20.00 Everyday Science – Brian Degger (AU) The Finnish Bio-Art Society – Antti Tenetz (FI) Computer Paradigm and Understanding Life – Tobias Hoffmann (DE) HackteriaLab2011 Overview – Andy Gracie (UK/ES)

Presentation: 20.00 – 20.40 Jill Scott and Mathias Öchslin

Break: 20.40 – 21.00

Final Panel Discussion: 21.00 From Ethics of Collaboration to Workshopology. Chaired by Yashas Shetty (IN) with various HackteriaLab participants.

Performance: 22.00 – 23.00 Bio – accoustic experiment by Cristian Faubel (DE) and Ivan Henriques (BR/NL)

Sunday 7th Workshops: 14.00 to 18.00 DIY Video Microscopy day 2. Conversion of USB webcams into video microscopes. Led by Øyvind Mellbye (NO) and Areti Nikolopoulou (GR) Finnish Kilju Wine Making day 2. Led by Marc Dusseiller (CH) and Nur Akbar Arrofatullah (ID) 14.30 – 15.00 Slant preparation for cultures. Led by Sachiko Hirosue (JP)

Brief Presentations: 16.00 to 17.00 Symbiotica residency and research – Verena Friedrich (DE) Hackteria in India – Yashas Shetty (IN) HONF and Intelligent Bacteria - Nur Akbar Arrofatullah and Julian Abraham (ID) VIDA – Monica Bello (ES)

Break: 17.00 to 18.00

Panel Discussion: 18.00 to 18.45 The future of Hackteria and the open source collaborative model. Chaired by Marc Dusseiller (CH)

Information: Entrance free to all events. No advance inscription necessary for workshops, places will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Workshop activities are suitable for all age groups. Kids definitely welcome.

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Participants: Andy Gracie (UK/ES) Artist working with DIY scientific practice focussed on the interface between the organic and the synthetic.

Yashas Shetty (IN) Currently an Artist in Residence and faculty at the Centre For Experimental Media Arts at Srishti in Bangalore and an artist in residence the National Centre For Biological Sciences (NCBS), Bangalore. His practice explores working between various disciplines including installation, sound, software and biotechnology.

Spela Petric (SLO) Has a Phd in molecular biology and is beginning to explore the hybrid territory offered by arts and science practice. Currently collaborates with Maja Smerkar on the creation of a communication portal between humans and rats. Maja Smerkar (SLO) An intermedia artist from Ljubljana with an MA at the New Media and Video Department of the Fine Art Academy in Ljubljana. Her main interest is based at the fenomenology of perception which she first started researching through space by composing live video among various collaborations in performative sound/visual projects with other artists.

Mac Cowell (US) Is on of the co-founders of DIYBio, a fledgling organization aimed at providing amateur biologists a common framework for striking out on their own. He was drawn to the idea after managing a 'wiki' website for the International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) competition hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Øyvind Mellbye (NO) Recently graduated from Bergen national academy of the arts and has been working on his own projects, with other peoples art, and also as a gallery technician. He is currently working on a project that stages a 20,000 year race between 2 mountains.

Antti Tenetz (FI) Is equal parts artist and naturalist. His works are at the crossroads of media-,bio- and urban arts, Sci/Art, nature, documentary, installations and EcoArt. Tenetz has contributed multimedia and documentaries to science exhibitions ranging in subject from arctic reindeer herders to glacial movements. The work he is doing about the wild nature goes far beyond all the usual clichés and the "green-hype" movement.

Cristian Faubel (DE) Works as a researcher at the HYPERLINK "http://www.ini.rub.de/" \n _blankinstitut für neuroinformatik , i do performances with the projectorband HYPERLINK "http://kunstundmusik.ath.cx/" \n _blankkunstundmusikmitdemtageslichtprojektor, with HYPERLINK "http://derstrudel.org/" \n _blankderstrudel i teach HYPERLINK "http://derstrudel.org/workshops" \n _blankworkshops at the edge of science and art and i create installations that are self-sustained habitats with autonomous HYPERLINK "http://derstrudel.org/robots" \n _blankrobots.

Verena Friedrich (DE) Is based in Cologne doing postgrad studies and working as scientific research assistant at the Academy of Media Arts. Since some time, she has been researching and working on a project called "cellular performance", , based on some scientific research by Marc Dusseiller for his dissertation in the field of micro- and nanoengineering of cells in vitro. She just returned from Australia where she undertook a 4-month residency at SymbioticA, to work on the above mentioned project.

Sachiko Hirosue (JP) Her daily activities are at EPFL, making nanoparticles for vaccine applications and thinking about lymphatic drainage, always inspired by microorganisms - a bit of chemistry, a bit of molecular biology, a bit of pharmaceutical formulations, imaging, cell and animal work.

Tobias Hoffmann (DE) Has studied a bit physics, special education, fine at and digital arts. In the moment im interested in the area "the internet of things" ~ and also social impact of digital media culture. He has directed workshops around physical computing and the internet of things .

Monica Bello (ES) Has been working for the last few years in art/science from a curatorial perspective. I was at certain point very involved in the bioart scene, setting up several events in collaboration with university, cultural centres, etc. She is currently artistic director of VIDA ( HYPERLINK "http://www.fundaciontelefonica.com/vida)"www.fundaciontelefonica.com/vida). Previously she spent almost 3 years running the educational programme of Laboral in Gijón-Spain ( HYPERLINK "http://www.laboralcentrodearte.org/"www.laboralcentrodearte.org).

Georg Dietzler (DE) Since 1981he has been working in the fields of art, nature and environment, which some today call ECOART. His work involves concepts of cross-disciplinary ecological arts and talking about ongoing architectural sculpture projects „Self-decomposing Laboratories for cleaning-up PCB contaminated soil by Oyster mushrooms“, developed since 1994.

Julian Abrahams (Togar) (ID) Is an artist, programmer, scientist-wannabe and social researcher. Since 2006 he has been an active member of HONF. Through his involvement with HONF Abraham gained new ideas and experiences about how art, the environment, science and technology relate to one another – providing new tools to educate and engage both him and the society into a wiser, richer and more independent living being in a world of creation and annihilation.

Nur Akbar Arrofatullah (ID) Is a wine maker and bioethanol researcher. He is also one of the co-founders of HONF – the House of Natural Fibers.

Jesus Queijas (ES) Is an artist based and working at L'ARC, Romainmotier. His work involves natural objects and processes.

Marc Dusseiller (CH) Is involved in various projects at the interface of science & technology and culture/society. With his backround as a material scientist, and scientific research in the field of BioInterfaces, Micro- and Nanosystems for tissue culture and biosensors, he has already been involved in interdisciplinary projects, bringing together people from biology and engineering, developing research devices, so simple that even biologists can use them.

Ivan Henriques (BR/NL) In the past few years he has been developing new ways of communication with other living organisms in his works. He is a visual artist graduated in sculpture at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and finally concluded my MA in ArtScience Interfaculty in the Netherlands last month.

Brian Degger (AUS/UK) Is a scientist, with a PhD in biotechnology. He has been involved in a lot of art science collaborationsand is also part of the antipodean art/science/technology diaspora, growing up in Adelaide, a city with a Mediterranean climate and a supprisingly active arts scene. Bengt Sjolen (SE) Is based in Stockholm and Berlin meaning that he currently shares a studio with teenage engineering in Stockholm and a studio called weise 7 in Berlin. He is all about code in that most things he does are generated with code. Even when he codes he occassionaly writes code that generates the code...

HackteriaLab 2011 - Zürich Homestay

Most of us will live in the neighborhood of Langstrasse, in Kreis 4 aka Kreis Chaib and Kreis 5 & Rothaus

My appartment is on Schöneggstr. 34


and there is lots of bars, restaurants, brothels, playgrounds, galleries and all your heart can wish...

HackteriaLab 2011 Mail List

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Partners and Supporters

The HackteriaLab 2011 is organised by the International Hackteria Society, in collaboration with Kunstraum Walcheturm, Atelier Nord, Kapelica Gallery, Maison d'Ailleurs, kiilo and the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society. The project is supported by Migros Kulturpozent, KulturRaum Schaffhausen, Autodesk, dusjagr labs, National Center for Biological Science, India (NCBS), École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, FHNW School for Lifesciences and Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore


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