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HackteriaLab 2013 - Bangalore

HackteriaLab 2013 - Bangalore

28. Jan -12. Feb 2013

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MutaMorphosis:Nomadic Science Lab

MutaMorphosis:Nomadic Science Lab

3. - 7. Dec 2012

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NanoŠmano - LifeSystems

NanoŠmano - LifeSystems

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HackteriaLab 2011 - Romainmotier

HackteriaLab 2011 - Romainmotier

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Hackteria Lab - Dock18 - April 2010

Hackteria Lab - Dock18 - 6-9 April 2010

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BioCyberKidzz, Maribor

27. Nov 2012 BioCyberKidzz.jpg


Workshopology 2012, Ljubljana

24. Nov 2012, 18h - 22h, Kiberpipa Workshopology 2012.jpg


Fish-to-Brain Interfaces, Antony Hall, Ljubljana

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BioSense, Ljubljana

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BioTehna Lab Infrastructure:

BioTehna Lab Infrastructure

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BioHacking vs. BioPunk, I'MM Media Lab, Zagreb

featuring Togar and dusjagr

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BioElectronix for Artists and Geeks, Ljubljana

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DIY microscopes & BioHacks, Machineproject, Los Angeles

28. Aug 2012 BioHacks LA.jpg


MobileKitchenLab, Yogyakarta

25. Oct - 31. jan 2012 Street vendor kitchen.jpg


Hackteria Garage BioLab Radionica, Zagreb

21. Oct - 23. oct 2011 Radionice zagrebu.jpg


Hackteria & SGMK BioCyberKidzz

31. Aug - 6. Sep 2011 BioCyberKidzz.jpg


du du kuglica sajica mavrica

30. April 2011 Kuglica.jpg



8. Mar - 12. Mar 2011 Bioelectronix piksel.jpg


Hackteria Workshops Zurich

12/13. Feb & 19/20. Feb 2011 Hackteria zurich web.jpg


micro-electro-physiology @ HAIP, Ljubljana

24. Nov - 26. Nov 2010 Web9.jpg


bioelectronix for artists @ playaround09, Taipei

7. Nov - 11. Dez 2009 Bioelectronix playaround.jpg


bioelectronix for artists @ piksel09

19. Nov - 21. Nov 2009 Bioelectronix piksel.jpg


bioelectronix for artists @ videotage, Hong Kong

14. Nov - 15. Nov 2009 Bioelectronix videotage.jpg


Bioelectronics for artists @ CEMA 20. July - 28. July 2009 Amobae workshop.jpg



Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers@CEMA,NCBS

15. May-01. July


hackteria & lab_hacking @ NK, Berlin 30. May - 3. June 2009 Flyer nk web.jpg

NK, Berlin

BioBricks [1]

DIY Bio Blog[3]

Papers,Conferences and Journals
Synthetic Biology 3 Zurich[4]
Lab on a Chip[6]

Welcome to Hackteria.org

Hackteria is a collection of DIY Biology, Open Source Art Projects that use Biology, LifeSciences, Biotechnology.

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editing the hackteria wiki

Project 1: The Bacterial Net- Microbial Telecommunications.

Quorum sensing is a type of decision-making process used by decentralized groups to coordinate behavior. Many species of bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate their gene expression according to the local density of their population.The Bacterial Net attempts to transfer this decision making process over the Internet. Using Microcontollers and sensors to detect bacterial population and a public web service http://www.pachube.com that helps transfer sensor information. The Bacterial Net is an exploration in bringing the Internet into the Natural Ecosystem.

Project 2: Bioelectronix
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Integrating electronics into biological culture devices needs different approaches. the use of silicone-rubbers for sealing off the wet/humid bio-part from the silicon circuits and sensors allows the making of hybrid bioelectronic devices.

Project 3: Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers: A primer
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An Illustrated handbook that shows you how to work with MIT's parts registry

Project 4: ArtScienceBangalore 2009-Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers

see also the docu for Prix Ars Electronica

Project 5: DIY microscopy
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a small hack to the optics of a standard webcam with an adjustable focus-lens, allows to create video data, with a magnification of around 100 to 400x (depending on the model) at a working distance of a few mm. The highest magnifications can be achieved by inverting (putting upside down) the lens. Addition of good lighting by the use of leds allows to create images using a bright-field method (shine through the stuff) or dark field method (look at the reflections and scattering).

Project 6:DIY $25 Gel Box
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Building your own Electrophoresis Gel Box is easy. Here's how you do it!

Project 7: bio habitats

instead of using standard lab culture tools, such as flasks or petri-dishes, artists might want to design their own devices to culture and inhabitate living organisms and keep them alive. simple devices can be cast in silicone to incorporate all the necessary environemtal conditions for long time survival of microorganisms.

Project 8: DIY Microfluidics
Project 9: DIY Plant Tissue culture and Engineering
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Project 10: Pd_microscope
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Pd_microscope is the software package that you can use to control your DIY microscope. It's a work in progress

Project 11: DIY spectroscopy
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Spectroscopy means the analysis of natural phenomena according to its energy distribution. In case of the electromagnetic spectra, ranging from x-ray, visible light, infrated to radio frequencies, this can be used to analyse chemical compounds, follow biochemical reactions or get information of the composition of stars. This project tries utilize webcams, CD/DVD and some construction material, to get a spectral analysis of ultra-violett and visible light sources, which might be used to follow enzymatic and metabolic reactions in cultured microorganisms and bacteria.

Project 12: ArtScienceBangalore 2010-Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers
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A bunch of regular people with very little idea of Synthetic Biology but ready to pick up eveything about it.

Download the nicely illustrated Comic Book on Synthetic Ecologies here File:IGEM Comic 2010.pdf

Project 13: DIY handheld centrifuge
Project 14: DIY table top centrifuge
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Project 15: DIY Incubator

Project 16: DIY Fermentation or the Art of making Wine
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Project 17: Hacked Optical Mouse
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Project 18: DIY Sterlisation Hood
Project 19: DIY Water Bath
Project 20: GFP Protocol Jugaad
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Home made GFP bacteria

Project 21: ReacTable

Gives information and protocals of equipment and bacteria put on it

Project 22: Algae Culture at Home

Grow your own algae at home with some plastic bottles, lighting and air bubbles

Project 23: Mobile Phone Field Microscope
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Modify a mobile phone into a useful field microscope by replacing the lens with a cheap flipped wemcam lens..

Project 24: DIY spectrophotometer
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simple light absorption measurements for water monitoring or nanoparticle detection using an arduino, a laser and an LDR.

Project 25: Laser-cut microscopy stages
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different design for easy to build stages for the DIY microscope, z-stage, x-y servo controlled stage and more...

Project 26: How to start a nanolab

Because nanotechnology is situated at the interface of many disciplines it is best to organize some basic gear from various sources, such as a local electronics store, gardening shops or various online suppliers for household tools and electronic gadgets. You will need to set up some basic laboratory instruments for doing simple biology, chemistry, fabrication&manufacturing and some physical computing to connect everything to your computer.

Project 27: Magnetic stirrer
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always useful to stir things automatically if you are lazy...

Project 28: DIY Micro Dispensing and Bio Printing

dispensing, cutting, printing, growing with a robotic platform. Aka NanoFabrik

Project 29: ArtScienceBangalore 2011-Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers

Link to IGEM site

Download the nicely illustrated booklet on "Dirt" here File:Dirt IGEM2011.pdf

Project 30: ArtScienceBangalore 2011-Nanotechnology for Artists and Designers

Link to Biomod site

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Tempe(h) is a fermented food. But it's not meant to preserve the material from rottenness. It's for style. Analogue meat they said. So, once you made your own tempe(h). Cook it! Eat it!

Project 32: Daphniaology
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Project 33: Ants
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Project 34: Book: Homemade Biological Art
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Project 35: The Art of Hunting

Baerman funnels, Berlese-Tullgren funnel, habitats

Project 36: Jugaad PCR Thermocyclers
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some links to alternative and DIY thermocycling experiments.

Project 37: MobileLabs

some links and ideas to mobile labs...

Project 38: Autonomous Public Lab

Blueprints for setting up a People's Research Lab

Project 39: Hackteria Merchandise and Logos

loads of logos, t-shirt designs, stickers, flyers and posters

Project 40: Orbital Shaker
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shake it baby!

Project 41: Plant Electrophysiology

Yeah, even plants cant be protected from arduinos..

Project 42: Spin Coater
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DIY Spin Coater!

Project 43: NeuroNetworking

Prototypes & design fiction into networking over brain data and biodata related to our brain function (fMRI, SNPs, EEG). How will we use brain data for social networking, neuromarketing, citizen science projects,etc. The main technical challenge is to create some open format for sharing brain data over the web (3D T1-weighted gradient-echo sequence (MP-RAGE)images in the nifti format http://nifti.nimh.nih.gov/nifti-1 , which is readable by FSL software (http://www.fmrib.ox.ac.uk/fsl/ into some 3D web browser data and image that would support crowdsourcing of brain data, pattern recognition and comparison of brain data).

Project 44: Garden 2012: Spherification of Hieronymus Bosch
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Spherification experiments as a tribute to Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights. In order to understand our new cosmology of minimal but also complex spheres (molecules, cells, vesicles, coacervates, microspheres), we decided to use spherification techniques and to try to design a version of Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights like a catalogue of what is possible in terms of spheres today. Some of our spheres are eatable, other are perceived only by microscopes, some target taste buds other just molecules, we even tried to prepare a micro-meal for microorganisms entrapped in a type of mini-aquaria and systems. The three containers mimicking the original triptych are an early reflection of the importance of spheres for our idea of origin or the organic life but also present experiments in molecular gastronomy but also drug targeting systems and research in nano-bio technologies. Humans making spheres on all scales are like gods recreating some new garden with self-enclosed systems, ecologies and microspheres, which influence each other and interact.

Project 45: Bio+Hacker+Art-Space Tour California 2012
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Picture protocoll of an intensive three week travel throug the venues of third culture in western California!

Project 46: Distillation

Distillation at the Hackteria Distillery at Jagaa, Bangalore Dec. 2012 and other distillation rigs

Project 47: Do eat your laser Tofu (DEYLT)
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How to make your own tofu? From laser cutting a tofu mold to the preparation and the tasting.

Project 48: Randen-Burger or the art of documenting


Project 49: Yeast powered balloons a la BioCyberKidzz

This is a balloon, which inflates as a result of the yeast growing and interacting with its environment

Project 50: Bacterial Jewelry a la BioCyberKidzz

The Bacterial Jewelry module comes as a take away amulet that has a living fingerprint of the participant.

Project 51: Body Augmentation and Enhancement a la BioCyberKidzz

Talking about bioart and cyberbody modifications is accessible to everyone.

Project 52: The LAB BOOK a la BioCyberKidzz

Recording observations is an important aspect of laboratory life. This module is to encourage the collection and recording of data.

Project 53: DIY Laser tweezer, cell trap, oligo synthesis

Based on a paper of a laser tweezer made from an old DVD drive we go on...

Project 54: DIY Plasma generators
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Where to get it, how to make it, the 4th state of matter.

Project 55: Hacked Hard-disc Centrifuge
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Get an old harddisc, laser cut or 3D pring a eppi-holder, run it...

Project 56: Agar is the Media
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The key technologies of every genetic and molecular biology lab – the gel electrophoresis chamber...

Project 57: BubbleBots

Tiny little tubular rockets generating bubbles to propel themselves through water.

Project 58: Ganzfeld experiment
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This is a modified experiment from the 70s and which can be used as a great icebreaker activity for building trust.

Project 59: Rubber_Hand_Illusion_Experiment_variations

a variation developed through trying this workshop on a large number of people, and not having funding to get loads of rubber hands. So we made the hands in the workshop.

Project 60: Internet of Bugs'n'Beasts

starting soon

Project 61: KIMCHI or the Art of Fermentation

HomeMade KIMCHI from scratch..... The final taste all depends on the amount of salt, dehydration, fermentation and temperature monitor.

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