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Global Lamp residency – Yogya meets Yaoundé with Stephane Fadanka June 2023

In a third Phase of international exchange within the GlobaLAMP project, Collaborative Development of Isothermal Amplification & Devices, funded by a GOSH grant through the Sloan Foundation, we are happy to have enabled a research visit of Stephane Fadanka, Mboalab (Younde, Cameroon), to Yogyakarta, Indonesia, to collaborate with Akbar Nur Arofattulah, UGM / Widya Life Science. See discussion on the GOSH forum.

Stephane and workshop participants, Center for Biotechnology Studies, Gadjah Mada University

The 3 weeeks residency took part during the month of June 2023, and Stephane was able to work with various reserarchers and cultural practioners in the thriving art &science scene of Yogyakarta. He was hosted at Lifepatch – citizen initiative in art, science and technology, interacted with students from UGM, agricultural microbiology departement, and developed new protocolls together with the researchers at Widya Life science. You find more information of the residency and the preparations on the hackteria wiki.

Stephane with the researchers at Widya Life Science

Testimonial by Stephane Fadanka
In a world where creativity fuels innovation, opportunities to live a transformative journey that opens doors to a galaxy of possibilities, fostering creativity, innovation, and personal growth are more than necessary and welcome but yet very rare. Highlighting the increasingly recognized interplay between art and science, the third phase of the Global Lamp residency program in Yogyakarta in Indonesia, enabled more than just a convergence of two seemingly distinct disciplines, but a blending of collaborative creations, cultures and profound human experiences;

Stephane and Muzeian making printed circuit boards at Lifepatch

Blending Art and Science
At LifePatch, the host of this remarkable residency program, artists and scientists converge in a harmonious union, dismantling the traditional barriers that frequently isolate these distinct realms. This fusion of artistic expression with scientific inquiry generates dynamic collaborations that yield enrichment for both fields. The resulting synergy has the potential to generate pioneering projects that seamlessly bridge the gap between art and science. During my stay at LifePatch, I was not only immersed in this interdisciplinary synergy, engaging with fellow residents from various parts of the world but I also had the privilege to delve into the immersive artistic sphere of Yogyakarta. This vibrant city, renowned for its rich cultural heritage and thriving art scene, provided an inspiring backdrop for my creative exploration.

Read the full reflections here

GLobalLamp Preparatory Activities

During the preparations of the residency, Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr, was doing a series of workshops and organisational admin to enable the visit and prepare for various collaborations.

Open Fluorescence Meter Workshop at UGM / Department of Agricultural Microbiology

See more about the workshop here and the documentation of all the related activities in the hackteria wiki

TUAK residency in Tuban, East Java

Additional Marc also had the opportunity for a short residency, TUAK residensi, in Tuban, East Java, to collaborate with the people from WAFT-Lab and Prewangan Studio. This later lead to further collaboration and a residency of Helmi Hardian in Switzeland in August 2023.

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Helmi Hardian visits GaudiLabs in Luzern
BOOK RELEASED: Reflections on HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta

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Reflections on HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta
Citizen science has long contributed to the health of local communities by making people aware of their environment in the form  of oral histories and traditional wisdom. Recently, international open source and maker movements have been actively engaging with the life sciences to focus on the environment. This brought a revival of the tradional knowledge as well as an opportunity for innovation and a model for public participation in science. These activities are becoming influential policy forces changing how we produce and share knowledge as an iterative and collective process. Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been one of the most active hubs in this movement.

HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta was held in April 2014 as a two-weeks making-oriented gathering of researchers, artists, scientists, academicians, hackers and whatevers in Yogyakarta. It expanded on ideas and methodologies about BioArt, DIY biology, DIWO (Do-It-With-Others), appropriate technology, art and science, and biohacking, developed during the previous versions of HLab10 – Dock18, HLab11 – Romainmotier both in Switzerland and HLab13 – Bangalore, India. HLab14 was hosted by LIFEPATCH – citizen initiative in art, science and technology and co-organized together with HACKTERIA | Open Source Biological Art in collaboration with various regional partners.

This book tried to assemble a collection of essays written by the participants, asked to reflect on their own experiences, individually or collectively, which only gives a glimpse into all the projects and exchanges that happend during HLab14. With a short overview of the programme and activities, selected photo impressions and the exhibition manual the book is rounded up and can be an entry point to explore further our online resources and serve as an inspiration for transdisciplinary collaborative practices.

More info on the hackteria wiki:

The ecological nodes
Three different environmental nodes were the main framework of HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta, which were Merapi mountain, Kali Code river and Wonosadi forest. The reason of this selection was also due to the fact that we had three collectives, which had already been working on those locations; Microbiology UGM was working on the soil remediation of Merapi mountain after it’s volcanic eruption in 2010; Lifepatch has been working on the mapping of Kali Code river in the city; Greentech Community has was active on biodiversity conservation of Wonosadi forest.

Temporary Lab @ Kedai Kebun Forum
As the main working space for all of the nodes, we converted Kedai Kebun Forum (KKF) space in to a working lab for everyone. We tried our best to arrange the lab by the area category such as biology, hardware, woodworking, cooking, and even a hangout area. In the end chaos take over and somehow everyone manages to get their own lab to work in that space.

Symposium @ Universitas Gadjah Mada
The symposium was held at Universitas Gadjah Mada (UGM), with a mixture of selected presentations from the organizers, our collaborators, and several representatives of the Indonesian and international participants. The presentation were live-interpreted in both English and Indonesian language.

Exhibition @ Langgeng Art Foundation
The final work presentation was held Langgeng Art Foundation (LAF) gallery just a few hundreds of meters down the street from KKF. We encouraged collaborations between the participants to present it in a form of an exhibition. Again, even if it was framed on the three environmental nodes, many of the presentations were not related to them specifically.


Published in 2022 by
Hackteria, Lifepatch & Hyphen –

Adelina Luft, Grace Samboh

Contributors (alphabetical, first name-basis)
Adhari Donora aka antirender, Agus Tri Budiarto aka Timbil, Andreas Siagian aka Ucok, Brian Degger, Budi Prakosa aka Iyok, Debrina Tedja, Fajar Abadi, Grace Samboh, Heinz Walker-Nederkoorn, Helmi Hardian, Hendro Wiyanto, Irfan Dwidya Prijambada, Iskander Waworuntu, Ismal Muntaha, Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr, Martin Borch aka Malthe, Mary Tsang aka Maggic, Matthew Baker, Muhammad Hidayat / Julian Abraham aka Togar, Novel Ramadhan, Nur Akbar Arrofatullah, Pei-Wen Liu aka pei, Pei-Ying Lin, Robin Scheibler, Sachiko Hirosue, Tarlen Handayani, Tedi Nurmanto aka Tedi EN, Urs Gaudenz, Wahyu Sigit Rhd, Yashas Shetty, Yung-Chieh Lin

Translators (Indonesian to English)
Adelina Luft, Elly Kent, Rani Elsanti, Fiky Daulay

Re-design and finalization
Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr

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Micro-Queerness Mapping @ HumusPunk Library, Zürich

More info about the workshop can be found on the this hackteria wiki page This session is part of the Energy Giveaway programme hosted in the WEAREAIA exhibition space, Löwenbraukunst, Limmatstrasse 262

TUAK Residensi @ Prewangan Studio, Tuban, ID

“Terbuka Untuk Aku dan Kamu” – Open for Me and You See the documentation on the wiki. About Prewangan Studio Prewangan is an open and collaborative citizen-initiated studio, working on creative and effective applications in the fields of education, science, arts and technology. The Prewangan Studio practice focuses on making, developing, and experimenting with objects […]

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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 […]

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 […]

Artist-in-Residence: Adam Zaretsky

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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, […]