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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 programme as well as bio-design and the Hackteria project on which they both collaborated. Their work together aims to understand and explore the artistic, social and political implications of technologies, creating spaces of dialogue and interaction between artists, designers and scientists.

Indian artist Yashas Shetty founded Hackteria back in 2009, together with Marc Dusseiller and Andy Gracie. Hackteria is a repository for Open Source Biohacking material, accessible to both scientists and artists. Pro Helvetia supported Yashas Shetty’s research trip to Switzerland in 2013, to continue his collaboration with Marc Dusseiller and the International Hackteria Society.

Sachiko Hirosue is a bioengineer, primarily interested in critical territories where science intersects with society. In practice, this translates to creating alternative spaces in dominant cultures to approach science and technology differently. In 2014, Dr. Sachiko Hirosue took part in HLab14, a project funded by Pro Helvetia. It was an immersive collaborative production workshop of interdisciplinary Swiss artistic research, bringing together artists, researchers, educators, and designers to work on issues of the local environment in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.

Additional links: 
The Biodesign for the real world Project 
Sciences de la Vie Department at the EPFL (where Dr. Sachiko Hirosue used to work)

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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 equipment and share their designs openly.

During the 100 min class, various early prototypes of low-cost and DIY (do-it-yourself) scientific instruments where shown, the history how from creative and transdisciplinary “hack-sessions” some of those projects developed further and shared widely through the global hackteria network, and established into more reliable and reproducible Open Science Hardware projects and products, such as various turbidity meters or the pocket PCR by GaudiLabs, and GOSH educational modules to promote the use of open science hardware globally.

Group photo of Pak Marcjono and the UGM students of agricultural microbiology.

Our current research in the frame of UROŠ – Ubiquitous Rural Open Science Hardware, on developing field-ready instruments using Sensirion’s newest sensor SCD41 for CO2 soil respiration measurements was presented to the students, and we made simple experiements at the end of the class.

Testing the DIY CO2 soil respiration chambers with the students.

Various links to other interesting initiatives have been presented, on where to find more instructions and shared projects to build your own lab equiupment from open source hardware, such as the Global Open Science Hardware network (GOSH), Appropedia – Open Source Lab, hackteria wiki and more.

Poster in the hallways of UGM, agricultural microbiology, Nature article from 2016 on Open Hardware for Science, citing the foundation of the GOSH network and earliest DIY labware experiments by Pak Irfan and Hackteria in 2010 at UGM, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Artist-in-Residence: Adam Zaretsky

We are happy to host Adam Zaretsky again as our Artist-in-Residence at Hackteria ZET for 2 weeks in December 2021. It’s time to continue with Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP), wrap up some our workshop series from Summer 2021, prepare the release of the CGCB, Creative Germline Constucts Bank and send out a call […]

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 […]

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. […]

“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, 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 December Plant Traces on Textile – Workshop by Corinna Mattner – 10 & 13 December MycoLove -Workshop by Ale Crimi and Maya Minder – 19th December RandoGeneCode – remote Workshop for rC3 by Adam Zaretzky […]