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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
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!

Virtual Tour

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

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 to the World for bioart critiques and aesthetic reviews to be discussed at the World Congress on New Reproductive Technology Arts.

Read his most recent “Open Letter to Lulu 露露 and Nana娜娜” on Makery.

We are going to be making an Open ArtSci Call for Creative Science Fiction Writers, Citizen Bioethicists and Untrained Art Critics to critically review the 5 entries we have compiled online on the CGDB. After that we might put some of the results up on GitHub and then make an NFT of them. Then we will call the World Congress on New Reproductive Technology Arts, for a GLOBAL AESTHETIC RESPONSE TO TRANSGENIC HUMANS AS BIOART and work on updating to a ‘real’ database. Oh yeah, and we did come up with a list of fifteen next steps, all of which are near impossible legally and technically so we should. Finally, we wrote a letter to the WHO Expert Advisory Committee on Developing Global Standards for Governance and Oversight of Human Genome Editing. No word back from them but I am sure they got the message. We might need to get their attention.” – Words by Adam himself

Fanzine / Booklet is published!

Duration of residency: 6 – 19. December
8. Dec: Lecture for students in interaction design, ZHdK, Zürich
9. Dec: Talk and Group Discussion on “Biohacking” with dusjagr, Maya Minder and Adam Zaretsky, HEK, Basel
…. More details will follow

Ten Directions Forward – thGAP_ Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project psyFert

Join us for onsite and online discussion on how to go forward with thGAP. Stay tuned for dates and online hang-outs!

Reflections on Mind thGAP

We made three super relaxed bioinformatics primer labs for public understanding of databases of hereditary data (gene scans and gene scrolls) but also an understanding of the social implication of issues of gene piracy, genetic privacy.

  • Lab 1 – Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP)
  • Lab 2 – Generic Open-Source Plasmid for Human Arts (GOSPHA)
  • Lab 3 – Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB)

We got into the wetness of reproductive technology, open source science, and the text to flesh interface of human germline genome editing. We learned how to read GENbank, FASTA, PubMed and SciHub pubs creatively. We got beyond the intimidating complexity by uploading equally as complex analogical and qualitative artistic data including: accordion music, drawings, collages, poetry and experimental video and more.

We involved people from wildly diverse backgrounds and international origins as is normal for Hackteria a global open house for odd, queer and oblique DIYbioart Hacker tweek and freekerz. We also group-geeked hard and stayed ridiculous about reporter genes, safe harbors, inducible promoters, off target mutations and IVF microinjection.

What we did was amazing. Like truly groundbreaking, wildly silly and depth informative. Beyond the call of duty living on the fumes of Marc’s covid pay and minky little eth donations… We taught hybrid simultaneous in-person and online/off–ground… which is a form of super depleting heroism. I think it was super inspiring for those involved and has yet to mature but will make a great database if it continues.

Bio: Adam Zaretsky
Zaretsky is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). A former researcher at the MIT department of biology, for the past decade Zaretsky has been teaching an experimental bioart class called VivoArts at: San Francisco State University (SFSU), SymbioticA (UWA), Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), University of Leiden’s The Arts and Genomic Centre (TAGC) and with the Waag Society. He has also taught DIY-IGM (Do-It-Yourself Inherited Genetic Modification of the Human Genome) at New York University (NYU) and Carnegie Melon University (CMU). He also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans.

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 […]

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 […]