HackteriaLab 2011 Participants

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Int'l Group/Artist

Andy Gracie (UK,ES)

Andy Gracie is an artist working between various disciplines including installation, sound, video and biological practice. His work is situated between the arts and the sciences, creating situations of exchange between organic and artificial systems. He has shown work across the UK and also in France, Spain, USA, Japan, Mexico and Australia, presented at numerous conferences and seminars and published a number of articles and papers. He is also one of the founding members of the Hackteria project.


Yashas Shetty (IN)

Yashas Shetty is an artist and composer based in Bangalore, India. He is currently an artist in residence at the National Center for Biological Sciences in Bangalore and faculty at the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology. He helped found the Center for Experimental Media Arts at Srishti and has previously taught at design schools across India. His works look at the relationship between language,ecology and technology. He is also one of the founding members of the Hackteria project.



Špela Petrič (SLO)

Špela Petrič (1980) works as a researcher at the Institute of Biochemistry, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. As an artist she focuses on the cross-section of biological sciences, performance and art and collaborates with the Kapelica Gallery in Ljubljana. Her recent work includes CTCAG - recognition (lecture-performance, 2011), Cladocera (installation, 2010), Autobiography-Discography (performance, 2008), I am as if I'm not (theatre performance, 2007), LabSUs (video-essay, 2007).

Mac Cowell (USA)

Mac Cowell co-founded of DIYbio.org in 2008, an online hub for biohackers, artists, grad students, garage biologists, amateurs, and non-institutional scientists. Cowell's work explores the development of alternative tools and communities that expand options for biotechnology innovation. He runs a public wetlab in Cambridge, Massachusetts and is currently developing a low-cost gene sequencing kit intended to simplify the process for do-it-yourself users.


Øyvind Mellbye (NO)

Øyvind Mellbye has a background from Bergen National Academy of the Arts,Norway, with a varied artistic practice with different materials and subjects, however with a tendency toward electronics and sound in recent works. Previous ideas has been expressed through site specific painting in the mines of Folldal with pigments from the mine, an electromechanical hologram made from a mangler, a painting of mickey mouse and goofy reflecting over technology, electroacoustic music based on my movement in time and space and a surround system made from cassetteplayers. Øyvind Mellbye has recieved Jacob Weidemanns scholarship for young artists and exhibited at PIKSEL:festival for electronic art, Gallery Design Festa in Tokyo during a tour with the band Mangolassi Marghaug, a nomadic soundartexhibition directed by Ersta Konsthall and various groupexhibitions.

Antti Tenetz (FIN)

Antti Tenetz is equal parts artist and naturalist. He has worked and filmed throughout the North, from the Ice Sea to Siberia, and as far south as South Thailand and Greece. His works are at the crossroads of media-,bio- and urban arts, Sci/Art, nature, documentary, installations and EcoArt. Tenetz has contributed multimedia and documentaries to science exhibitions ranging in subject from arctic reindeer herders to glacial movements. He is also actively participating as Vj in urban arts events. The work he is doing about the wild nature goes far beyond all the usual clichés and the "green-hype" movement. His works have exhibited widely including Thessaloniki Contemporary art museum of Greece 2009, Academy of Fine Arts Katowice 2009( e-mobilart program), Tromsø Kunstforening 2010, and Murmansk Art Museum 2010. Winner of three Finish national snow sculpting championships (1997 Gold, 2003 Bronze, 2005 Silver), Tenetz personifies a melding of the artistic and arctic.

Christian Faubel (DE)

Christian Faubel is a researcher and artist interested in autonomous behavior and how it may emerge out of the interaction of very simple systems. In his artistic work he experiments with minimal low-level electronics and simple robots that generate patterns. Exhibitions, concerts, workshops (selection): garage festival, The Art of the Overhead Malmoe, transmediale Berlin, International Film Festival Rotterdam, Palazzo di Arte Naples, Mediamatic Amsterdam, Dokfest Kassel, Interfiction Kassel, Piksel festival Bergen, 104 Paris, Sonokids Belgium.


Monica Bello (ES)

Monica Bello Bugallo is artistic director of [VIDA Art and Artificial Life International Awards][1]. She has curated several exhibitions, seminars and workshops on art, science and technology in society. She is co-founder and curated [Capsula][2], a platform for research into, and production of, cultural events involving art, science and nature; [Res-qualia][3], a web-based project aimed to promote research in art-science and evolution of consciousness. She has iniciate [Biorama][4] with the Digital Research Unit (DRU) of Huddersfield University (United Kingdom) consisting in a serie of fieldwork explorations and debate platforms on digital culture and natural phenomena. Between 2008 and 2010, she held the position of head of educational programs of [LABoral Centro de Arte y Creacion Industrial][5] in Gijon (Spain) in which she lead experimental programs in digital media and education, research on new formats which facilitate artistic production, as well as promoted the collaboration between art and academia. She participates in different advisory boards and she has published articles on art, science, technology and new education modes on arts.

Noé Gracie Bello (ES)

5.5 year old insect and general animal expert. Footprint spotter, investigator and animal carer. Cats, ants, lizards and dinosaurs are his specialities. Noé will be leading the kids node.

Kuaishen Auson (EC, DE)

There are many stories to my passion for ants...the one with the ant lover is X-rated and I don't share it that easily ;)

When I confronted for the first time the army ants [Eciton burchelli >> http://vimeo.com/19707831] in the ecuadorian rainforest...about eleven years ago, I got a neuronal adrenalin shot...after being stung by soldiers, that crystallized memories of a past life...as an ant. If this sounds far fetched to you...well that is what my colony of neurons is making me remember^^

Under the influence of the army ant syndrome I started to connect media theories with scientific knowledge and audiovisual practices together...on a DIY basis...to explore the social relations and differences between humans and ants...I find four key approaches to be the essential: cybernetics, autopoiesis, self-organization, and emergence. I believe we can break the political and religious patriarchy by nurturing the formation of bottom-up organisms, inspired by the successful art of nature and an artistic application of self-organization based on ants. Thus, open networks for ideas and cultural interaction between living beings can emerge that can balance the artificial and the natural world in ways that cannot be predicted but experienced, evoking new forms of artistic expression, cultural symbiosis [6] and community-based design...which is what we will be doing.

My experience and knowledge about ants is humble...as you need a whole lifetime to get to really know them...

http://kuaishen.tv/0hm1gas/ http://kunstetage-deutz.de/wordpress/kuenstler/kuaishen/

Verena Friedrich (DE)

Verena Friedrich is an artist from Germany usually working in the field of Media Arts who develops concept-driven artworks in the form of installations, objects and robotics. Her work includes the use of electronics, digital and sculptural media as well as the use of biological material. Shown internationally, her work has for example been granted the International Media Art Award for Science and Art from ZKM Karlsruhe, a nomination for Transmediale award as well as the sponsorship award of the Saxon Ministry of Science and the Fine Arts. She is currently undertaking a 4-months residency at SymbioticA – Centre of Excellence in Biological Arts at the University of Western Australia in Perth.


Muhammad Hidayat aka Togar (IND)

Nur Akbar Arrofatullah (IND)


The house of natural fiber, Yogyakarta, is a New Media art laboratory, founded in 1999. They concentrate on the principles of critique and innovation. Since the beginning, the house of natural fiber has consistently focused on cultural development and New Media art, running numerous New Media art projects and workshops. In every project we concentrate on interactivity with people and environments. Thinking forward, positive and creative is becoming a vision for this community. In the implementation of this vision, in every program, they work towards the development of art with technology. This desire to contemplate the future of technology and art, is an important endeavour for the technology itself.


Georg Dietzler (DE)

Cologne based artist-curator for cross-disciplinary arts Georg Dietzler is engaged in ECOARTs. He is introducing concepts of cross-disciplinary ecological arts and talking about his ongoing architectural sculpture projects „Self-decomposing Laboratories for cleaning-up PCB contaminated soil by Oyster mushrooms“, developed since 1994.


Maja Smrekar (SLO)

Ivan Henriques (BR/NL)

Ivan Henriques is a multidisciplinary artist and researcher working in multimedia installations examining different perceptions of time, memory and environment. His last works are Jurema Action Plant (2011), ReLandscaping #1 & #2 (2010) and Bird Composition for Zuidpark (2010) where he explores hybrids of nature and (technological) culture creating new forms of communication between humans and other living organisms. He recently concluded MA in ArtScience at Interfaculty-ArtScience - KABK-KONCON, The Hague/NL.


Brian Degger (UK/AU)

is a member of the Australian science/art/technology diaspora and a one-man interdisciplinary research centre. He is into garage biotech and grows bioluminescent bacteria from smelly squid. Links [briandegger.uk] On the hackteria site as DrBrian and twitter as drbrian

Bengt Sjolen (SE)

Marc Dusseiller (CH)

Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY-workshops in lo-fi electronics, music and robotics, has made various short movies and is currently developing means to perform biological science (Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art) in a DIY fashion in your kitchen or your atelier. He is also co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, and various other engagments like the diy* festival, national and international workshops for both artists and schools and children as the president of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK.

Sachiko Hirosue (JP/CH)

Sachiko Hirosue works as a researcher at the interface of biomaterials and lymphatic physiology in the Institute of Bioengineering, School of Life Sciences, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland. Her interests in bio art derives from the encounter at the Subtle Technologies Festival (Toronto, Canada), which she co-chaired from 2005-2008.

Pei-Wen Liu (TW/CH)

As a sound artist, I have been collecting field recordings with portable recorders over years in Australia, Taiwan, Europe, southern islands of Japan, northern-west of China and east Turkey, those soundings of nature phenomenons and human activities, or an emerging moment of small talk. Slowly I built a personal archive of sonic observations; with intensions or without. While most of artistic activity focus on listening and generative composition, as well, I am co-organising series of PlayAround workshop in Taiwan, 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 young students and artists of diverse backgrounds, promoting sharism. It combines the knowledge creation and open distribution of new media technologies and contemporary art practices in a socially responsible and relevant context.

http://www.little-object.com http://2010.playaround.cc

Tobias Hoffmann (DE/CH)

Tobias about himself: "I've studied physics, special education, fine art and New Media. I am working in the field of audiovisual processing with an emphasis on collaborating with other artists by using interactive programs which allow real-time MM (man-machine) communication, I enjoy participating and mentoring workshop on the subject of “physical computing” & “internet of thing” for university student or younger.


Urs Gaudenz (CH)

Urs Gaudenz is microengineer and worked for Swiss high tech companies in the field of micro sensor technology (sensirion.com) and brushless motor control. With his solid background in electronics, mechanics and software he is working in an concurrent style between the disciplines. After several years of experience as a consultant in innovation management he is now engaged as lecturer for product innovation at the Lucerne University of Applied Science and Arts. He built his first diy microscopes based on a webcam and a cheap digital camera during a workshop with Marc in Berlin. His aim is to evolve towards more balanced collaborative entities in social action, business and technology.

Anna Comiotto (CH)

Anna Comiotto is conservator of modern materials in contemporary art and design. She is researcher at the Bern University of the Arts and teaches courses about the composition and properties of modern materials, artist's and industrial working techniques, material degradation, material-identification, failure analysis as well as conservation strategies. She is working at the interface between scientific research, conservation-ethics and conservation practice. Since 2004 her research has focussed on the conservation of short-lived materials and material combinations in contemporary art. One of her main research interest was the development of a miniaturised cold plasma pen for adhesion improvements on materials in contemporary art. Currently she is involved in a research project dedicated to the development of durable foodstuff for Contemporary Art.

Jesus Queijas (ES/CH)

Jesus Queijas lives and works in Romainmotier, taking care of the Salon de Thé and also does a lot of work around the castle. He runs a workshop for woodworking and house keeping, a large collection of materials, which he all uses also in his own art projects. He is interested in ecology, recycling in combination with growing of plants, social & art education with children on topics of nature and life.

Areti Nikolopoulou (GR/CH)

Alejo Duque (COL/CH)

Lisa Thalheim (DE/AT)

Andreas Steiner (CH)

Andreas Steiner has a medical background and is currently studying Bio-Electronics at the techincal university of Zürich. Especially interested in the possibility of a direct interaction of biological information processing systems (i.e. the nervous system) and man-made information processing systems (i.e. electronics, especially integrated circuits), such as in the fields of neuroprosthetics (google for "bionic arm", "retinal implants", "cochlear implants" etc) and other scientific curiosities ("cyborg beetle" et al).

Mathias Öchslin (CH)


Adrian Ranga (CA/CH)

Olsen Wolf (CH), frontiers of science and technology, new media

Michael Egger - anyma (CH)

Jonas Ohrstrom (CH)

Jill Scott (AUS/CH)

Shai Heredia (IN)

Ida Hirsenfelder (SI)

Tobi ?? gamehacker

In preparation, contacted

Georg Tremmel (AT/JP)

Georg Tremmel studied Visual Media Art (Visuelle Mediengestaltung) at the University for Applied Art in Vienna and Interaction Design at the Royal College of Art in London, where he started his ongoing collaboration with Shiho Fukuhara. Their works were awarded several distinctions, including the NESTA Creative Pioneer Award, the Science Museum's Product of the Future Award, a 1st prize at VIPER Media Art Festival and a 2nd Prize at the Biotech in Business Forum in Cambridge, UK.