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NanoŠmano – LifeSystems / ŽiviSistemi

Public art-and-science lab for the nanoscale interface of life and the artificial
Umetniski in znanstveni javni laboratorij nanomerilnih vmesnikov za živo in umetno

Stefan Doepner, Marc Dusseiller, Boštjan Leskovšek, Romie Litrell, Bengt Sjölén, Paula Pin

Lokacija / Location
Onkraj gradbišča entrance opposite of Resljeva 32/34, Ljubljana

NanoŠmano – LifeSystems | 13.9 – 25. September, 2012

With the third edition of NanoŠmano, called “LifeSystems”, we will finally dive completely into the world of the living on the nanoscale and even go outdoors to set up the temporary laboratory in a community garden, Onkraj gradbišča, in the center of Ljubjana. Typically for the field of nanoscience, after working on physical tools and nanomaterials, this time we converge with the third lab „NanoŠmano – LifeSystems“ on the interface of the living and the artificial. Traditional and deeply rooted cultural topics of agriculture, gardening and food are contrasted with novel technologies to reflect on current and future possibilties to control and engineer life itself. With these experiments, or rather collective tinkering processes, the NanoŠmano Lab refuses the usual art and science framework of collaborations and residencies; rather than an exhibition presenting only the results of tedious art and science residencies, the open process itself is experiencable, translated and graspable through hands-on engagements.

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The NanoŠmano Labs initiated in 2010 by Stefan Doepner (f18institute/Cirkulacija 2) and Marc Dusseiller ( in collaboration with Kapelica Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia) offer a unique model but also setting and perspective on the use of nanotechnology in interdisciplinary science, art and design projects. In these temporary, ad hoc labs artists, hackers, scientists, and the lay public meet to perform rather than simply witness nanotechnological protocols. They collectively tinker and experiment outside the professional laboratory, in a gallery (2010), in a abandoned bar (2011) or in a community garden (2012), where they manage to ignore the typical function of a gallery setting, and define a new, liminal space of interactions and exchanges across disciplines, scales and practices.

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Public Program
Lab Opening: Do 13th September, 20h

InterŠmano: Sa 15th September, 21h
Joint forces of NanoŠmano – LifeSystems team and Interactivos?’12: Obsolete Technologies of the Future @ Cirkulacija2 / Tovarna Rog

NanoWalk, ŠmanoFood & LifeExchange: So 16, 15h
Expedition with invited experts and amateurs to explore Rožnik, followed by an evening of food and exchange.

Family Lab Day: Sa 22, 11h – 18h
The NanoŠmano lab opens the whole day for visiting families and kids to participate, explore and play.
11 – 13h & 16 – 18h: ‘BioSense dudu’, workshop for kids (suitable age from 5 to 13 years) by Paula Pin and the NŠ team.
During the 2 hours of the ‘dudu’ workshop the participating children will be able to explore and build an interactive system using plants and simple electronics.
Participation is limited to 10 kids for each workshop session.
Please, reserve the place at before 21.9

NŠ LifeSystems Workshop: Mo 24, 17 – 21h
This workshop for young adults, students and other curious people will introduce the participants into various experiments interfacing the living and the artificial. With hands-on experiments exploring the possibilities to manipulate, sense and experience this nanoscale interface.
Please, reserve the place at before 23.9

Finissage: Di 25 Sept, 20h
We invite you all to join us for the final evening to see, touch, hear and smell our lab for the last time, discuss with us about our experiences and explore it’s implications and reconsider the role of labs and gardens.

Stefan Doepner (DE/SI)
stefanStefan Doepner studied Painting and Experimental Film at the University of Arts Bremen. Doepner’s focus is on the artistic exploration of today’s use, reception and rules of technology, to analyze and understand contemporary systems and techniques he acquires the method of reinvention. In his work Doepner tries to profane the technological glorification and to grasp the relations of society, technology, sound, science and every day life through meditation and mediation. 1992 Doepner participated at the Documenta9 project Van Gogh TV; 1993 co-founded MAB, Bremen; 1996 co-founded f18institut, Hamburg; since 1997 on going collaborations with Stelarc; 2006 co-founded Obrat and 2007 co-founded Cirkulacija2 in Ljubljana;

Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH)
dusjagrDr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology (FHNW, University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland), cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination (Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.;

Boštjan Leskovšek (SI)
bostjanBoštjan Leskovšek is a sound artist and co-founder of Cirkulacija2. As an unstable creation he creates changes, cleans through it, falls apart by repetition and tries to create a communication with the border and limit relationship, between the fictive and real, between the place and the space.

Romie Litrell (US)
romie_litrellRomie Littrell is a bioartist and instructor at the UCLA Art|Sci Center. He currently develops bio and nano science-based, interactive multimedia art installations. He has engaged in a wide array of biological research including plant genetics, cornea tissue engineering, microfluidic bioreactors, and cell-chip interfaces. His current research focuses on creating non-institutional lab spaces and abstracting biological techniques to facilitate those in unrelated fields to perform advanced biology. He founded the LA Biohackers in 2010 as a space for sharing ideas and engaging in DIY biotechnology and runs workshops for high school and college students. Romie is also very interested in synthetic biology and was a grad advisor to the 2007 MIT iGEM team.

Bengt Sjölén (SE)
bengtBengt Sjölén is an independent software and hardware designer/hacker/artist based in Stockholm with roots in the home computer demo scene. He is not part of one single group but rather collaborates with several networks. He mainly works in the areas of media art, science, sound, visuals, architecture and technology.

Paula Pin (ES)
paula_pin_portraitPaula Pin is an artist and investigator. Graduated in Fine Arts from Barcelona and Sao Paolo, her work ranges from abstract video to circuit bending to investigations at the frontiers of biology,cybernetics and queer science. Her performance piece Medusa from 2010 mixes mythology, ecology and criticism of consumer culture while Udre from 2009, is an automatic drawing machine created from an old umbrella and an Arduino. In 2011 she was awarded a grant from Vida to develop her Photosinthetik Symphony – data from sensores attached to plants and her own body generate sound in a program created in Pure Data. In 2012 she was invited to a residence in Nuvem, a rural art centre in Brasil, to develop her work, focussing especially on photosynthesis. In parallel she creates home made synthesisers, gives workshops, and investigates the practise of noise. The work of Paula Pin blurs the distinctions between machine, animal and plant, and opens up new horizons in the performance of the lab.;;

Thanks go to Prof. Dr. Peter Walde for giving us some samples of lipid molecules and tips to create giant unilamenar vesicles; to Dr. Denisa Kera for help with texts and contextualizing our NanoŠmano approach; to all the people from, Akbar, Timbil, Keker et al for showing me around in the fields around Yogya; to Dr. Samuel Sanchez Ordonez for providing the artificial nanomachinges aka tubular nano-rockets; and maybe you?

Kapelica Gallery, f18institut, dusjagr labs, hackteria, Cirkulacija2, KUD Obrat

Project is supported by Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, Municipality of Ljubljana – Cultural Department, Pro Helvetia, KulturRaumSH, SOU in Ljubljana.
Workshops are part of BioTehna project, supported by a grant from Switzerland through the Swiss Contribution to the enlarged European Union and by EC 7th Framework Programme (KiiCS).


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