Monika Pocrnjić (SI)
Dr. Špela Petrič (SI), Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH)
- 1 info for the LabBook
- 1.1 Workshop
- 1.2 Glossary
- 1.3 Main Used Materials
- 1.4 BodyHack 1: Bio-Accoustic Ear Amplifier - Modify the shape of your ears, turn around your head, hear where a sound comes from
- 1.5 BodyHack 2: Magnetic Finger - Extra sensory perception, feel the attractive forces of iron and other magnetic materials
- 1.6 BodyHack 3: Disco-on-a-Fingertip - Add a blinking LED to the battery and attach it to your finger, explore the darkness with your new torch
- 1.7 BodyHack 4: Photosynthetic Skin - Imagine being a human-plant that can live just from sunlight and air
- 2 info for the organizers
- 2.1 Author(s)
- 2.2 Title of the workshop
- 2.3 Workshop Description for catalogue / web-site (1500 characters)
- 2.4 Workshop Description for leaflet (500 characters)
- 2.5 Participants age
- 2.6 Schedule (number of days)
- 2.7 Bio for catalogue / web-site (1000 characters without spaces for a catalogue)
- 2.8 Images for catalogue / web-site (3-5 illustrations with credits in jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi)
- 2.9 Photo of artist for catalogue / web-site (in jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi, with credits)
- 2.10 High-res pictures
- 3 Modules
- 4 Preparations
- 5 Review from Ars 2011
info for the LabBook
- Body Augmentation - a deliberate modification of the body to change or improve its properties/performance.
- Biomimicry - imitating a shape or phenomenon found in nature.
- Body Hacks - playful modifications of the human body using easily accessible materials.
- Enhanced Sensory Perception - the ability to sense things better than we usually do or beyond the five senses (touch, sight, sound, smell, taste)
- Photosynthesis - the biological process of turning light into energy rich organic compounds, found in algae, plants and some microorganisms.
- LED - Light Emitting Diode, an electrical component that turns an electric current into light.
- Permanent Magnet - a material that produces a magnetic field, a force that pulls on other ferromagnetic materials, such as iron.
- Sodium Alginate - a ionic polysaccharide from brown algae that turns into a gel when you mix it with bivalent calcium ions.
Main Used Materials
BodyHack 1: Bio-Accoustic Ear Amplifier - Modify the shape of your ears, turn around your head, hear where a sound comes from
BodyHack 2: Magnetic Finger - Extra sensory perception, feel the attractive forces of iron and other magnetic materials
BodyHack 4: Photosynthetic Skin - Imagine being a human-plant that can live just from sunlight and air
info for the organizers
Monika Pocrnjić (SI), Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH), & Dr. Špela Petrič (SI)
Title of the workshop
Workshop Description for catalogue / web-site (1500 characters)
A body hack is a usable technique to improve a person's life or physical capabilities. Hacking the human body has become quite commonplace. Many people have body modifications such as tattoos, piercings or even advanced medical prosthetics. Simple and playful body modifications that allow enhancing our human performance can be made with just few and cheap materials, such as cardboard, magnets and LEDs. The Bio-Acoustics Ear amplifier can augment a directional perception of sound. With a Disco-on-a-Fingertip we can modify our fingers into torches, disco lights or fluorescence detectors and we can augment our touch perception and add a new sense of magnetism by building body extension’s such as the Magnetic Finger. Or finally, by mixing algae with agar or other jelly we can make a Photosynthetic Skin. These body modifications will be observed and recorded in The Lab Book. The children will be introduced to a playful laboratory setting where the lab becomes less of an intimidating space but more an environment to spark their curiosity.'
The BioCyberKidzz workshop has been developed as a result of HackteriaLab 2011 by collective brainstorms of many individuals and communities, that are devoting their rich experiences in creating alternative crossovers between art and science. It has been invited to festivals such as Ars Electronica 2011 and others. The workshop is presented as part of the BioTehna project initiated in 2012 by Kapelica Gallery and Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art. BioTehna is a platform fostering curiosity and encouraging experimentation and research in the field of life sciences through creative and innovative combinations between nature and technology and the inspiring guidance of artists and researchers.
tags: Body Modifications, Enhancing Human Performance, Super Heroes, from Stellarc to Special Olympics
Workshop Description for leaflet (500 characters)
Hacking the human body has become commonplace and many people have body modifications such as tattoos, piercings or even advanced medical prosthetics. Simple and playful body hacks that allow enhancing our human performance can be made with just few and cheap materials, such as cardboard, magnets and LEDs. In this playful laboratory setting we will investigate with the children: hearing with a Bio-Acoustics Ear and hacking their touch perception by the Magnetic Finger or a Disco-on-a-Fingertip.
5-14, appropriate for youngsters over 14 as well
Schedule (number of days)
Tuesday, 27. November 2012
9:00 - 12:00 (3 hours), session for school class + 17:00 - 20:00 (3 hours), open for wider audience (number of participants in the afternoon session limited to 12, reservations in advance required)
Bio for catalogue / web-site (1000 characters without spaces for a catalogue)
Monika Pocrnjić (SI) is an artist and a teacher. She studied art education and is interested in biology, physics, electronics and working with children. In her projects she explores the interaction and impact of organic and inorganic substances. She makes interactive installations and workshops. Shes a collaborator and tutor currently active in Maribor.
Dr. Špela Petrič (SI) is a researcher and artist. With a background in biology and biochemistry, she works at the intersection of art, science and technology and is interested the many biological phenomena that influence society and our perception of the human species. She is currently studying Transmedia in Brussels.
Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH) 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 is Co-Founder of SGMK (Zürich) and Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, a global community bridging bioart, DIYbio, hackerspaces and science.
BioTehna: The workshop is presented as part of the BioTehna project initiated in 2012 by Kapelica Gallery and Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art. The BioTehna project is supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union.
Images for catalogue / web-site (3-5 illustrations with credits in jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi)
Photo of artist for catalogue / web-site (in jpeg or tiff, 300 dpi, with credits)
dusjagr aka Marc Dusseiller
Photos: hackteria | cc-by-sa, download high-res here []
Body Hacking for Kids
Bio-Accoustic Ear amplifier
This is a biologically inspired simple hearing amplifier built with cardboard that augments a directional perception of sound.
Seeing with your finger? Let's try to modify our fingers into torches, disco lights or fluorescence detectors!
They will build body extenstions that will augment their touch perception and add a new sense of magnetism.
Mix algae with agar or other jelly and pour over the kids :-)
- Na Alginate
- micro-Algae (artemia-mix)
- water (hot)
- Kitchen paper towel
The Lab Book (mbe leave this out...)
Recording observations is an important aspect of laboratory life. This module will teach them to collect and record data.
Review from Ars 2011
you can download it here