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Workshop: Surf and Turf Tissue Culture BBQ @ Hackteria ZET, 6-8 Nov 2023

Hands-on Wetlab Bioart Workshop in Tissue Culture with Adam Zaretsky and Lyndsey Walsh

Surf and Turf Tissue Culture BBQ is a Bioart Wet Lab BioHackers Workshop introducing Tissue Culture for Artists and Non-scientists. This means we mix our theories with Hands-On Labwork. This is not science training, it is and experiential bioethics and bioart production studio doing the strange work of tissue culture. From preparing your own incubation environments and needed fluids to isolating and ‘caring’ for your tissue sample to end of life issues in tissue culture arts, this is a creative workshop.

Dates: 6 – 8. November 2023

Workshop: 14:00 – 19:00 Monday / Tuesday / Wednesday

If you can’t do all three days, you are also welcome to participate a single afternoon (or two)

Public BBQ: 20:00 – 22:30 Tuesday, 7. Nov: BBQ & Participative Tissue Culture Performance


Issues covered include: overview of the history and art history of tissue culture, the social, bioethical and pure hype dimensions of applications like: lab grown meat, bioart medical arts and engineering of artificial organs, medical tourism for stem cell therapy, reducing animal use in environmental toxicology and how to make transgenic embryonic stem cell clones by the millions.

More info and registration on the wiki

Pasar Senggol @ CCCamp 2023 & BIR – Residensi with Helmi Hardian (ID)

PASAR SENGGOL Pasar = market Senggol = nudge (Indonesian suburban night market full of chaotic interactions and people pushing around in dense loud environment)

We suggested a participatory art installation that is done through collaboration with people who join us throughout the days of the CCCamp 2023 (Chaos Communication Camp) in a workshop setting, where they learn and make basic electronic units for interactive sound art and kinetics. Collaborative practicies are very common in Indonesia, both as a need to survice but also as a deeply culturally rooted concept. We are happy to be able to invite Helmi Hardian, from Surabaya, Indonesia, as “Hacker-in-Residence” to spend the summer with us in our hackerspace, Bitwäscherei, in Zürich, and join the HOME MADE 2023 Summercamp by SGMK and other activities. We have been working together in Indonesia, for HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta, and many other activites on DIY electronics and SoundArt, mostly doing workshops and PCB geeking. Besides Helmi and dusjagr, we invited 3 other mentors and constructors to help us developing the art installation and support the workshops.
* Yair Reshef, bureaucrat at T.A.M.I. (Tel Aviv, Israel)
* Steffen Koritsch aka noisio (Dresden, Germany)
* Eddie Zwetschge – Metaknoten (Dresden, Germany)
And more guests joined us throughout the week:
* Scott Beibin – Groucho Fractal (Philadelphia, US)
* Erun – Maker extraordinaire at T.A.M.I. (Tel Aviv, Israel)
* Alwin Weber – Störenfried / Circuit Control (Dresden, Germany)

You can follow our documentation and projects on the SGMK wiki.

Collage of impressions from Pasar Senggol @ CCCamp 2023

«Bersama Inovasi dan Riset – Collaborative Innovation and Research»

Helmi Hardian (Surabaya, Indonesia) – 23 July – 25 August 2023
Helmi Hardian is a grassroots artist and ghetto scientist, with a specific interest in cooking and smoking at the same time. He lives in Surabaya, the city that is well known for its industry and technology, as well as being the center of electronic component trading (chiefly, Pasar Genteng). Hence, almost all of his works are closely related to science and technology as the medium of creativity. He is the co-founder of Waft Lab, a creative-based initiative that works at interdisciplinary practices. Currently, he focuses on tech development through DIY/DIWO culture and playing his role in researching, hacking, or deconstructing daily materials to provide some devices with new functional aspects, as well as developing workshop kits, lecturing contents, and presentation materials, which aim to learn, share, and exchange knowledge.

Various trips in Switzerland during Helmi’s BIR residensi

See more info about the “Hacker-in-Residence” program and the specific activities of Helmi’s BIR residensi.

Helmi sets up his workspace in MechArtLab @ Bitwäscherei, Zürich

Helmi’s Hacker-in-Residence was supported by the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, from the Loose Energy Curriculum by Regenerative Energy Community, the International Hackteria Society and the Center for Alternative Coconut Research. Besides this community support, sadly we were not able to receive any public funding for his travel and stay, but we did it anyway. Cos it was cool!

Global Lamp residency – Yogya meets Yaoundé with Stephane Fadanka June 2023

In a third Phase of international exchange within the GlobaLAMP project, Collaborative Development of Isothermal Amplification & Devices, funded by a GOSH grant through the Sloan Foundation, we are happy to have enabled a research visit of Stephane Fadanka, Mboalab (Younde, Cameroon), to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to collaborate with Akbar Nur Arofattulah, UGM / Widya Life […]

BOOK RELEASED: Reflections on HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta

You can find it on Synopsis Reflections on HackteriaLab 2014 – YogyakartaCitizen science has long contributed to the health of local communities by making people aware of their environment in the form  of oral histories and traditional wisdom. Recently, international open source and maker movements have been actively engaging with the life sciences to […]

Micro-Queerness Mapping @ HumusPunk Library, Zürich

More info about the workshop can be found on the this hackteria wiki page This session is part of the Energy Giveaway programme hosted in the WEAREAIA exhibition space, Löwenbraukunst, Limmatstrasse 262

TUAK Residensi @ Prewangan Studio, Tuban, ID

“Terbuka Untuk Aku dan Kamu” – Open for Me and You See the documentation on the wiki. About Prewangan Studio Prewangan is an open and collaborative citizen-initiated studio, working on creative and effective applications in the fields of education, science, arts and technology. The Prewangan Studio practice focuses on making, developing, and experimenting with objects […]

Podcast: “Art meets biohacking” with Yashas and Sachiko

A recent podcast with Yashas and Sachiko, produced by Pro Helvetia’s Initiative on «Art, Science and Technology». See more on their website. Art meets biohacking In this episode, Indian artist Yashas Shetty and Japanese bioengineer Sachiko Hirosue share a dialogue on their interest in critical territories where science intersects with society. They discuss the Scientist-in-Residency […]

DIY / DIWO Open Scientific Instruments | Class at UGM, Yogyakarta

It has been great to be involved in a class once more again at UGM with the students of agricultural mircobiology. Thanks Akbar for inviting me,…. It has been more than 10 years since I first gave a workshop in that very same room at UGM and hopefully inspired people to build their own lab […]