BioHacking vs. BioPunk, I'MM Media Lab, Zagreb

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Friday Session

Presentation of dusjagr "Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art". An overview on various initiatives bridging biology, art, science and hacking will be given, intersting examples from visits in India, Indonesia and USA. Furthermore the new initiative in Ljubljana, BioTehna, a laboratory for artistic research in life systems, will be presented.

Followed by an evening of BioVisuals and sounds from the MicroCosmos, by dusjagr and friends.

Title of Workshop

BioHacking vs.BioPunk



15 - 16. December, 2012


13 - 20h Workshop

followed by openend food and discussion session


I'MM_Media lab




dusjagr aka 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.

Kristijan Tkalec

Kristijan is finnishing a diploma in biotechnology and working in Hiša Eksperimentov (Ljubljana) and in Kiberpipa/Biotehna. He's main goal is to connect open source bio-lab project with students and to create first bio-lab in Slovenia, where people can do different projects (science, art,...), learn how to make their own labs and bio-art-hack workshops.


Hackteria is a collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects instigated in February 2009 by Andy Gracie, Marc Dusseiller and Yashas Shetty. The aim of the project is to develop a rich web resource and projects that involve DIY, bioart, open source software and electronic experimentation. As a community platform and a global network Hackteria tries to encourage the collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists to combine their expertise, write critical and theoretical reflections, share simple instructions to work with lifescience technologies and cooperate on the organization of workshops, festival and meetings.

During the last 4 years, hackteria has actively cooperated with various educational, scientific and creative initiatives on the development of workshops in the field of Do-It-Yourself (DIY) biology, biohacking, DIY microscopy, homemade microfluidics and other low-cost laboratory equipment for biological research, which have been executed at various international festivals and in schools and universities across Indonesia, Taiwan, Kenya, USA, India and other Asian and European countries.


This workshop introduces the participants into advanced hacks to build DIY biolab instruments through hacking of abundant consumer electronics and recycled electro-trash. Starting with optical hacks turning cheap webcams into microscopes, we then go further and look into photo-spectrometers to follow biochemical reactions, optical density sensors (ODS) to monitor growth of algae cultures and fluorescence measurements to detect bacteria in water samples. The workshop is accessible to beginners and advanced DIYbio enthusiasts, some experience in electronics, biology and hacking to share with the group is appreciated.

sadly Kapitän BioPunk couldnt make it...

DIY microscopy

see main page of hackteria, and check the DIY microscopy wiki


some info on DIY spectroscopy is on the hackteria wiki. very good instruction and online capture tool by publiclaboratory


see Bioelectronix section wiki for some info. or check the recent workshop in LJ.

check the from Noisebridge, very interesting docu on sensors for the DIYbiolab.

check Cheapuino on wiki for tips of using Attiny85 and the Arduino Interface.

and the new and in-progress ultracheap attiny85, Baby-Gnusbuino by anyma, CH, also on SGMK wiki, using the v-usb bootloader. can be used as very simple sensor logger.

Agar stuff

A nice Jelly Instrument using the capSense library from arduino.

Distributed Daphnia Domestication Program

check this Daphniaology#Distributed_Daphnia_Domestication_Program

DIY bio Links

join the global mail list here.

and also the newly formed european version

there is also a hackteria mail list, sign up here

Material provided

webcams, recycled hardware and consumer electronics, general tools and electronic parts