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Mind thGAP_ | upcoming workshop series with wet-lab artist Adam Zaretsky et al. | May & June 2021

Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP)_

We are happy to announce the upcoming series of “hybrid” labs on ReproTech & Arts / Germline Hacks and Designer Babies, hosted by our wetl-lab artist-in-residence Adam Zaretsky and our virtual collaborators around the planet Earth.

Mind thGAP is a collaborative Programme with Hackteria ZET – Open Science Lab in Zürich – Research Node: ReproTech & Art / Germline Hacks and Designer Babies, Adam Zaretsky, Cristian Delgado, Paula Pin and Marc Dusseiller, with representatives of psyFert and BEAK, the Bioart Ethical Advisory Kommission.
Join our discussions on the forum if you want to collaborate with us!

NFP – non-fundable project : The Mind thGAP programme series sadly has not yet been successfully raising fundings, approval by the Kt. of Zurich was rejected, other sources delayed. In the meantime we are full on continuing and offering our enthusiasm to make this happen and can rely on some small profits from recent crypto donations to the HCFF (Hackteria Crpyto Food Fund). Feel free to support our activities with donations on the ethereum chain (ERC-20 tokens only) or paypal.

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Registration

Please register through this form.
(or by mail to dusjagr and state if you want to attend locally and/or as part of our virtual hybrid format online.)
More information on the labs / workshops are available on the hackteria wiki.

Dates

As part of our programme we are offering a series of labs / workshops open for all to actively participate, learn and contribute to thGAP_

16. May 16:00-18:00 CEST : thGAP – Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project

How to read scientific papers for artists:

Learn how anyone can do research as an art project for the genetic modification of future humans.

More information is available on the wiki.

Lets find some genes that most people don’t know about. We can learn about the open science sciHub interface. This way, you can download from the scientific community of mind from both sides of the pay wall. Try experiments in creative misreading of scientific papers. You will never feel bored, confused or annoyed by specialist lingo. Develop skills in translating powerful scientific lingo and boring scientific imagery into the playful, dataless and incomprehensible symbolic universe of the arts. Upload your research to the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) to start a first entry.

Special Guests: Larval Rock Stars: Praba Pilar and Anuj Vaidya
Born of prophesy, and precipitated by the hubris of man, LRS brings tidings of a new future – a post-human future, and offers movement from necrotic egocentrism to biotic ecocentrism. LRS intersect the bio-techno-critical and the absurd as the segmented paramythology of larvae of the post-human future. “Behold the larva we hold between us – the formless, shapeless, and unknowable potential for new life on earth.”

30. May 16:00-18:00 CEST : GOSPHA – Generic Open-Source Sequence for Human Arts

World citizen gene hunting and opensource CGCB banking:

Take an in-silico tour of public science bioinformatics databases. Select, Copy and Paste Genes for fun and pleasure through creative bioinformatics explorations. Become adept in the Art of online Gene Hunting.
Learn how to find a gene and a gene sequence online. Interested in having an effect on the diverse possibilities of future transgenic mutants? Want to be a bioartist? Make art, poetry and an infectious human genome attenuator through our Amateur Gene Hunting lab. Copy whole gene sequences and paste them into the GOSPHA our non-proprietory, in silico, human gene editing guide design. Upload to the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) for a chance to alter the history of the future of our species.

6. June 16:00-18:00 CEST : CGCB – Creative Germline Constructs Bank

Become a bioart critic and bioart ethicist overnight:

What is an bioart critic?
This lab explains how to be a bioart critic. How easy is it to vamp the language of art criticism? Lets do art criticism of genes! Creative writing is an appropriate response to the language of science. In this lab we review your a range of genes as potential gene-edited human art projects. Our explorations include image research into anatomy, scientific imagery, lateral web image soothsaying, and the power of naming/neologism.
A bioarts critique of a gene helps you understand the role of human gene editing as a part of bioart – a time-based, new media, trans-species conceptual art form with the aftertaste of art and technology interdisciplinarity.

What is a bioethicist?
Mind THGAP_ also provides novel approaches towards a public understanding of technology and legal, social, ethical and libidinal issues (LESLI) surrounding critical germline genetic editing. Bioart Ethical Advisory Kommission (BEAK) will present on the biodiverse effect of novel genetic aesthetics on the future of human anatomy. Imagined HumanPhenotypes from the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) of the Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP_) will be analized for potential positive and negative effects of these proposed reprogrammed humans.

How to unwork a contract.
Sick of hitting “I Accept” for every contract you ever sign online? This part of the lab allows for radical unworking of your open source contract for your human gene editing guide design construct.

Finalize entries of the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) by adding your reviews.

Call for Collaborators

Current Collaborators: Adam Zaretsky (USA), Cristian Delgado (MX), Marc Dusseiller (CH), Paula Pin (ES) invite you to join!!!

Join our discussions on the forum if you want to collaborate with us!

Dates tba : World Congress on New Reproductive Technology Arts

More info will follow soon… stay tuned!

Hackteria ZET – Open Science Lab in Zürich

Since summer 2020 we have initiated a new local programme in Switzerland under the name «Hackteria – Zentrum für Experimentelle Transdisziplinarität» and we proudly started a new space, as part of Bitwäscherei shared hackerspace collective, with dedicated facilities for the «Open Science Lab».

A laboratory, a social learning space, a place of work and research, a transdisciplinary meeting point for designers, hackers, artist, foodies and fermentation activitists.

Join our online discussions on the Hackteria Forum

Location: Open Street Map
Bitwäscherei
3. Stock, Alte Zentralwäscherei, ZWZ
(near Bhf Hardbrücke)
Neue Hard 12, 8005 Zürich

Open Science Lab

The new lab has already attracted a lot of interests over the last months and a regular programme of weekly meetings, discussion panels and dedicated workshops on life science related topics for artists is being developed. In the time of the pandemic due to COVID-19 and the restrictions on travel and events, we have developed various tools for «hybrid» learning events, combining both the physical lab, streaming video equipment and our online 2D virtual world using the open source software workadventure.

Visit our virtual hackteria islands online!

Hackteria ZET – Research Nodes

Open Science Hardware / DIY Laboratory Instruments

Turn a cheap webcam into a useful microscope? PCR thermocycler made from electronics trash?

Collaborators: Marc Dusseiller, Urs Gaudenz, Alessandro Crimi

Biofabrication / Growing Garments

Grow your furniture with fungi? Fashion and textiles grown from bacteria?

Collaborators: Kaspar König, Maya Minder, Corinna Mattner, Aline Ochoa

Synthethic Biology / Pharming / (Do-It-Yourself) DIY-bio

Can bacteria create the smell of a banana? Yeast cells that produce pharmaceuticals?

Collaborators: Stefan Deuber, Marc Dusseiller, Student Group ZHAW Wädenswil and more

ReproTech & Art / Germline Hacks and Designer Babys

The Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) and a Generic Open-Source Plasmid for Human Arts (GOSPHA)

Collaborators: Adam Zaretzky (USA), Cristian Delgado (MX), Marc Dusseiller

Impressions from Setting up the Lab

Hackteria @ Bio Art Hangout Kitchen Series with IOTA and INCUBATOR Art Lab

It was a pleasure to join the fourth Bio Art Hangout Kitchen Series  invited by IOTA Institute and INCUBATOR Art Lab and share some most recent experiences of setting up a new Open Science Lab in Zürich and have a collective lab tour together with the artists and researchers, Jennifer Willet and her crew in Windsor, Canada. During the second part of the live-stream Marc Dusseiller gave a brief history of the beginnigs of hackteria and the establishment of a global network, which in contrast has always been a very mobile and connected programme of temporary “laboratory” activities outside the established walls of institutions, in the djungles of Indonesia or beaches of Okinawa.

Meta OBS geeking with the video streaming team

Visit IOTA’s youtube channel to view the recorded stream from Thursday April 1 2021.

Thx to Mireille and Amanda for making this happen!
See also our recent interaction during rC3 with IOTA.

(the captions might be sometimes funny)

And thanks to chvoc, Swiss Chaos Video Operations Center, for local support with streaming tech!

Hackteria ZET – Open Science Lab in Zürich

Since summer 2020 we have initiated a new local programme in Switzerland under the name «Hackteria – Zentrum für Experimentelle Transdisziplinarität» and we proudly started a new space, as part of Bitwäscherei shared hackerspace collective, with dedicated facilities for the «Open Science Lab». A laboratory, a social learning space, a place of work and research, […]

Mind thGAP_ | upcoming workshop series with wet-lab artist Adam Zaretsky et al. | May & June 2021

Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP)_ We are happy to announce the upcoming series of “hybrid” labs on ReproTech & Arts / Germline Hacks and Designer Babies, hosted by our wetl-lab artist-in-residence Adam Zaretsky and our virtual collaborators around the planet Earth. Mind thGAP is a collaborative Programme with Hackteria ZET – Open Science Lab […]

“Hybrid” Project-Week on DIY MedTech, FabLab LU

This February 2021 we have continued with the 4th edition of our project week on Do-It-Yourself in MedTech, an interdisciplinary hands-on week in the FabLab Luzern, HSLU. Due to the contact restrictions we have developed a hybrid format to hold the class and have experimented the use of workadventu.re, a virtual “gamified” and open source […]

Upcoming activities towards the end of 2020

Series of Workshops in Hackteria ZET – OpenScience Lab Sterile Encounters – Workshop / Performance with Maya Minder – 6th Decemberhttps://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeyXzB5U3IlA5RSkjMfwrlUo4NHyXjpZ-qbDYDc1gbbP0Et9Q/viewform Plant Traces on Textile – Workshop by Corinna Mattner – 10 & 13 Decemberhttps://eventfrog.ch/de/p/gruppen/plant-traces-on-textile-6739927879242510358.html MycoLove -Workshop by Ale Crimi and Maya Minder – 19th Decemberhttps://openki.net/course/C3xBF3e6pn6r3Rzv8/mycolove-workshop-zur-diy-herstellung-von-pilzkulturen RandoGeneCode – remote Workshop for rC3 by Adam Zaretzky […]

Hackteria Global Network – assembly at rC3

Get involved and join our dicsussion on the forum to setup a programme together!The drafted programme is slowly growing on the wiki 2d virtual workadventure Join our islands on worksadventure! (no smartphones)

An Idiot’s Electrodibles Workshop – 22. Nov 2020

Description Electrodible workshop offers an experiment with “edible” hardware that explores the limits of interaction of our body/tongue with electronic circuits and food. This probe into the edible hardware is also a celebration of the DIY culture of sharing behind cooking, but also Open Source Hardware that bridges the divisions between the kitchen, the hardware […]

Hackteria X Why ZET

Workshops, Discussions, Fanzines and Memorabilia Saturday & Sunday 11 / 12. July 2020 HLabX was a series of residencies and concentrated gatherings of people working transdisciplinary who are interested in creative biological fields and any other areas which intrigue the critical interaction across art and science. It was held over the last 12 months with […]