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Marc Dusseiller - Biography

Download full biography here: http://www.dusseiller.ch/cv/short_bio_dusseiller17.pdf

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 - 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY / DIWO fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in the Majority World. He was the co-organizer of the different editions of HackteriaLab 2010 - 2014 Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore and Yogyakarta, and collaborated on the organisation of the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, GOSH! 2016, and the BioFabbing Convergence, 2017, in Geneva.

Short Biography

Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr is a nomadic researcher and workshopologist. He is part of the Center for Alternative Coconut Research and co-founder of SGMK and the Hackteria network. Before travelling the world for making DIY / DIWO laboratories for creative biological experimentation with living media, Marc entered the world of DIY electronics, designing printed circuit boards for synthesizers and organizing workshops and festivals mostly in Zürich. He also loves coconuts.

Videos / Interviews

Marc Dusseiller on Workshops

As a co-founder of Hackteria.org and classically trained scientist, Marc Dusseiller has been the initiator of several events and gatherings on the topic of DIY, DIWO, biohacking, bioart, and workshop pedagogy. In particular the HackteriaLab events emphasize interdisciplinary collaboration and cultural impact (footage features HLab14: Yogyakarta and Bio-Commons Lab at RuralHub, Italy).

Karkhana: Makers Hackers or Slackers, Interview by Sabhyata Timsina

I sat down with Marc on the last day of K_space to chat about his work and ended up having a long conversation about the socio-political meaning of hacking, the direction in which the maker movement is headed, hacking as a teaching method and gender dynamics within the technical field. The interview, transcribed below, is a great explainer on what making and hacking looks like outside of the vacuum of technical fields and instead embedded within society, politics and history.


Makery: Marc Dusseiller, Biohack Pioneer & Coconut Researcher

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Long and two part interview by Ewen Chardronnet for Makery done during Interactivos?16, June 2016, published in French and English in July 2016

Part 1 Marc Dusseiller, biohack pioneer: This summer, we’re traveling with Swiss globetrotter Marc Dusseiller, who cofounded Hackteria, the international open source network of biohackers and bioartists. In this first part, the ex-researcher in nanotechnology talks about how the DIYbio movement came to Europe and founding Hackteria in India in 2009.

Marc Dusseiller, biohack pioneer (1/2)

Part 2 How to (not) innovate with a coconut: Marc Dusseiller, co-founder of the DIYbio network Hackteria, is a passionate promoter of open hardware. This is all the more evident in part 2 of our interview, where the activist scientist talks about the DIY microscope and the propaganda of innovation, which led him to create the Center for Alternative Coconut Research.

How to (not) innovate with a coconut (2/2)

SRF Einstein - Der Wissenschafts-Rebell: Bio-Hacker Marc Dusseiller

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Marc Dusseiller hat seine erfolgreiche Forscherkarriere hingeschmissen und ist Biohacker geworden. Er experimentiert in seinem Heimlabor, verbindet Wissenschaft und Kunst und will damit die breite Masse für die Biologie begeistern. Der Querdenker bewegt sich zwischen Anarchismus, Kunst und Wissenschaft. «Einstein» zeigt in einem Portrait wie der Biohacker Würste zum Leuchten bringt und gibt Einblick in die noch junge Bewegung der „do it yourself“-Biologie.


Seni Gotong Royong*: HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta

HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakakarta is a two-weeks making-oriented gathering of researchers, artists, scientists, academicians, hackers and whatevers in Yogyakarta. It was hosted by LIFEPATCH - citizen initiative in art, science and technology and co-organized together with HACKTERIA | Open Source Biological Art in collaboration with various regional partners. As a web and community platform, Hackteria tries to encourage scientists, hackers and artists to collaborate and combine their expertise, write critical and theoretical reflections, share simple instructions to work with life science technologies and cooperate on the organization of workshops, festival and meetings.

Produced and directed by X-Code films, this documentary was made during the two weeks of HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta. It offers you a glimpse of (almost) everything that happens and documents the participants wish list for future collaborations and works.

PlayAround 09 – TechNomads, Taiwan (Documentary)

PlayAround 09 – TechNomads – was the second edition of an intensely parallel and collaborative workshop of mediating the creative use of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) and DIY practices to an audience of emerging artists of diverse backgrounds. It combines the knowledge creation and open distribution of new media technologies and contemporary art practices in a socially responsible and relevant context.

Interview / Documentary on Hackteria (2010), German with Engl. subtitles

Video produced by Migros Kulturprozent and Christoph Merian Verlag for the DVD publication "Digital Culture and Media Art from Switzerland – Edition 2010". You can find the full publication on digital brainstorming: http://www.digitalbrainstorming.ch/programm/dvd2010


Good old times... when dusjagr was still writing papers!

Microfabricated three-dimensional environments for single cell studies

"These future directions highlight our current approach to engineerenvironments for single cells or aggregates, where aspectsincluding materials properties, interface functionalization,and spatial organization should be considered. Progress will heavily depend on collaborative efforts and open communication between material scientists, to developsmart functional materials serving as sensing and actuatingelements, biomedical engineers and molecular biologists, to provide engineered proteins and cells, computer scientists, to expedite analysis of rapidly growing data sets, and engineers, to finally integrate these systems into high-throughput lab-on-a-chip devices."