There will be spontanous “Agar is the Media” workshops through-out the I’MM_Media hack-sessions during DEVICE_ART 4.012 in Zagreb. 10-14. Octobber, 2012. This new mini-workshop introduces one of the key technologies of every genetic and molecular biology lab – the gel electrophoresis chamber. In a playful and DIY methodology, using only cheap and accessible materials, you can build your own little device in an IKEA tupperware, cast your own gel into a hot-glue mold, add samples, such as food coloring and run the gel in a battery powered electric field. If you dare you can then eat your seperated product, mmmmmhhh yummi!
* Agar Agar (search the asia section of your local food store)
* table salt
* food colors
* stainless steel syringe needles (easy to get in pharmacies)
* small plastic tupper ware 12 x 8 cm is good, but any size works
* plastic foam board
* plastic sheet, PTFE or similar, 0.5 – 1mm thickness
* crocodile cables
* a bunch of 9V batteries or wall plug power supply (the higher voltage the better)
* tape, scissors, cutting knife
* a pipette or any other means to add tiny amounts of liquid into the gel
It’s all about separation!
This workshop was inspired by the following, a bit more advanced instructions described on the wiki