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We are happy to host Dann and Angelina to spend a week with us in Zürich, researching, jamming, performing and workshopping. Find out more about our Hacker-in-Residence Programme here.


Biodegradable Sound Vol. 1, a Workshop by Dann Disciglio (US)

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Pre-lude and artist talk

Tuesday, 15. March 2022, 20:00 - 21:00

Main Workshop

Saturday, 19. March 2022, 14:00 - 19:00

Open Jam Dinner and Performance

In the evening there will be a related performance by artist Angelina Almukhametova (Chicago, USA) - “no winners in a nuclear war”


Location: Hackteria ZET - Open Science Lab & SGMK MechArtLab @ Bitwäscherei, ZWZ, Neue Hard 12, 3rd Floor.


Please regsiter in advance to be informed of preparations and reserve your particpation!

For now... send an email to: dusjagr

Prize: 60 CHF for material + free prizing to support the Mentor

Registration fee can be paid on site in cash or via Twint to 077 993 08 77.


Biodegradable Sound is a workshop series which explores concepts of biodegradability as they apply to music, instrument making, and the sonic arts. In Vol. 1, participants will learn how to craft and etch their own biodegradable “vinyl” records (made of seaweed, gelatin, and various natural pigments). Participants will not only create their own bioplastic records, they will also etch sounds of their choosing onto the biomaterials using a record etcher provided at the workshop.

1. Introductions

2. Concept for Biodegradable Sound

3. What are bioplastics?

4. Making the records

5. Preparing the audio

6. Etching the record

7. Listening + Discussion

BYOC - Bring your own crap

Participants are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own biodegradable materials that they are interested in experimenting with/adding to their bio-vinyl- either for design purposes, structural integrity, or general intrigue. Some materials to consider are: fruits (including skins and pits), spices, natural fibers, and leaves/foliage. A range of materials will be made available to participants for experimentation including turmeric, red cabbage, spirulina, and coffee grounds.

Dann Disciglio

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Dann Disciglio (b.1993) is a US-based intermedia artist whose practice investigates contemporary ecologies through both analog and digital technologies. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Hampshire College (2015) in art and media theory and a Master of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Sound Department (2019). Disciglio has shown work and performed in New York City, Chicago, Boston, Zürich, Leipzig, Iceland, and Panama City and has published texts in the Journal of Visual Culture (SAGE) and the Minding Nature journal. In 2022, he was selected to be an Emerging Artist Resident at Franconia Sculpture Park (Shafer, MN), Hacker-in-Residence at the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society (ZRH), and as a Creative Resident at the Bloedel Reserve (WA).