BioPunk: Feed, Food, Fermentation

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We have several invited guests coming through Zurich and are hosting a day of experimentation and discussions in Shedhalle. Hackteria has always been focusing strongly 2 things: the development of new workshop concepts and establishing a global collaborative network. With this in mind we have planned a series of research visits by interesting practitioners working in the field of bioart, new media, food & fermentation culture. The goal of these visits is to establish a collaborative interaction phase with local artists from Switzerland (mostly in Zurich) and invite a public audience for interesting interactions.

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Date & Location

Sunday 31. March 2019

Shedhalle, Rote Fabrik Zürich. As part of their special Program "Ihr bringt die Schaufeln, wir haben den Sand", a series of interventions from 24. Feb - 1. May



15-18 Hackteria OpenLab Experiments

Kombuchas, Microscopes, Slimes'n'Lasers and "Make Your Own CRISPR-Babies"

18-20 Guest Presentations

TeZ & Gaudi: Preview of their upcoming research activities

“For this year I want to do more of the beautiful things again. So for me this is in the direction of bio-feedback systems, aura imaging, experiments with water and photons, DNA... I have got some ideas there.” - Urs Gaudenz, 2019

Ákos Maróy (HU/CH)

Media and bio-artist, startup founder, activist. Will talk about his past projects as a member of doubleNegatives Architecture (JP/CH/HU) and solo bio-art projects, a DIY Bio Lab in Budapest and technology aspects of investigative journalism.

Corinna Mattner

Corinna Mattner is an organiser and fashion designer, she will talk about her DIYordye project and workshop on dying textile with natural colors and fermented colors. Its an ongoing artist research.

Alanna Lynch (tbc)

Alanna is an Artist-in-Residence at Utopiana, our program partner in Geneva, Feb-April and visits Zurich to collaborate with our local Hackteria community.

JB aka µon

µon (mu-on) are nomad tinkerers interested in low-tech electronics, outdoor hacking and creative energy. they will present some projects and concepts to discuss and share.


Biohackingclass 101

Attentning the Biohackingclass 101 by Josiah Zayner [[2]] hackteria is participating and is currently learning a lot about synthetic biology creating our own agar plates and talk more about bioethics. The classes are online available and there are many guest speakers like Pr.Dr. George Church [[3]] mit Baggenstoss/Rudolf, Maya Minder, Oliver Walkhoff, Claudia Rupprecht

20-22 Food and Discussions



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[Biopunk Manifesto]


TeZ aka Maurizio Martinucci (IT/NL)

Maurizio Martinucci (aka TeZ) is an Italian interdisciplinary artist and independent researcher, living and working in Amsterdam, who has collaborated with, amongst others, Adi Newton, Scanner, Kim Cascone, Saverio Evangelista, Taylor Deupree, Sonia Cillari, Chris Salter, Honor Harger, Luca Spagnoletti and Domenico Sciajno. He uses technology as a means to explore perceptual effects and the relationship between sound, light and space. He focuses primarily on generative compositions with spatialized sound for live performances and installations. In his works he adopts custom developed software and hardware, featuring original techniques of sonification and visualization to investigate and magnify subtle vibrational phenomena. In recent years his research has extended to the ideation and creation of specific architectural structures and unconventional sound and light propagation methods to enhance immersivity and multisensory perception. TeZ is also the brainfather of the ‘Optofonica’ platform for Synesthetic Art-Science, located in Amsterdam.

Alanna Lynch (CA/DE)

Alanna Lynch is a Canadian artist and researcher based in Berlin. She works with living organisms, biological materials and performance, examining the politics of affect and questions of agency. She explores the aesthetics of disgust and fear, with a focus on embodied knowledge and non-conscious forces. Working with difference, the visceral body and with ideas of contagion and care, she combines past studies in biology and psychology with experiences in activism. This shapes her perspectives, coming from art and science as well as from privileged and more marginal positions.

She has exhibited and performed internationally and she is a founding member of the artist collective Scent Club Berlin. She was awarded the 2018 Berlin Art Prize. The residency at Utopiana is supported by the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ákos Maróy (HU/CH)

Media and bio-artist, startup founder, activist. Member of the doubleNegatives Architecture collective (JP/CH/HU), with past exhibitions at the Yamaguchi Center, Japan, the Venice Architecture Biennale, Prix Ars Electronica Festival in Linz, etc. Former Artist in Residence at The Arts & Genomics Center, Netherlands. Founder of the DIY BioLab Budapest, now part of MakerSpace Budapest. Co-Founder of, an award winning investigative journalism non-profit in Hungary. Founder of several startups. Ákos is based in Zürich since summer of 2018.

Corinna Mattner

Corinna Mattner (DE/CH) is a textile designer and curator, within the Fashion Revolution movement she is part of the swiss organisation team facilitating annual festivals, catwalks, discussions and workshops on the topic of fair fashion. With her work, she points to the value of existing materials and encourages us to rethink, change and reduce our consumption. With her label "Romy Hood" she is upcycling textile and fashion towards a fair and friendly world. For The BadLab she would imply a workshop on DIY textile dying with wild herbs also to research on natural dye colors. This workshop was held before at the Biohack Retreat Klöntal in 2017 as well as at the Humus Sapiens Project in Kunstverein Wagenhalle/TAUT, Stuttgart in 2018.

Maya Minder

Maya Minder‘s (b. 1983, lives in Zürich) Gasthaus: Fermentation and Bacteria is artist research project where Minder combines artistic, curatorial, and activist interests into communal culinary events at various locations. Her practise includes cooking performances, fermentation workshops and communal happenings. As part of the global hackteria network she recently joined the DIYbio movement, where she co-organized the Biohack Retreat Klöntal 2017 in Switzerland. Fermentation repeatedly features as a central aspect of her work, not only literally but also as a metaphor for social ferment, agitation, and incitation to resistance. Minder opposes the structures of food industry by promoting local selforganization, ecological sustainability, and community. She resuscitates traditional food productions methods with a certain relish, saving them from otherwise being forgotten. Her interests span the fields of art, politics, and biohacking, and she often invites other protagonists to collaboratively participate in the process of communal exchange. Facilitating interdisciplinary, intercultural dialogue amongst the participants is one of the primary goals of her practice.

Oliver Walkhoff

Oliver Walkhoff is a Mechanical engineer, Master in Industrial Design and DIY proponent based in Zurich. He has always been interested in and concerned with how technology affects our behaviour and our ways of thinking / design in a world of abundance and scarcity / sustainability / marketing and creation of needs vs actual needs / the evolution of things / knowledge sharing, open hardware and software / minimalist experiments with electronics, microcontrollers, sound and light / urban gardening / etc.

He operates best in interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, multilingual environments and likes to find and help bridge gaps that often exist between experts working in their parallel universes. He is currently a board member of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, an early board member of the FabLab Zurich and has extensive experience in organising / facilitating workshops around electronics, solar energy, 3D printing and general makery. He believes that artistic projects are more efficient (and more fun) than scientific papers at raising awareness and disseminating knowledge in the public. One such example is the recent project Free Sunshine! a collaboration with South African artist Miranda Moss, and in the context of ISEA 2018, around problematic regulation and service of renewable energy.