Seeds of Contend / Bioassay in your own dirt

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We are there! Let's have fun together and let's germinate stuff that shifts us and puts us in a perspective of no longer considering agriculture and manual labour and crafts as a plague, a sub-trade to be delegated to a minority and let's give art and bloom on the importance of not taking ourselves too seriously....

"A series of regional events combining a residency of variable duration on site, as well as a research laboratory (garage bio / grassroots biology / field biology) and production, a local awareness and a gathering of actors being usually invisibilized of the sector of activities of market gardening and agriculture and in the squats of undocumented people ".

Early preliminary efforts:

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Egypt XIXth dynasty (-1296/-1186)

In the medical Papyri of ancient Egypt, especially in Papyrus Berlin 3038 it has been deciphered and documented writings about the use of seeds for the "detection" of a condition, or change in quality, through human urine. For example, in the case of the first recorded pregnancy test was written around 1350 before the current occidental calendar :

Barley [and] wheat, let the woman water [them] with her urine every day with dates [and] the sand, in two bags. If they [both] grow, she will bear. If the barley grows, it means a male child. If the wheat grows, it means a female child. If both do not grow, she will not bear at all

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Where our intent comes from

We met during a Thursday night at Kaouenn Noz Biohackerspace (Rennes city, Brittany, France − 2023/01/19). Some of us where had participated in various events over the past 10 years (see list above) and others were coming for the first time. The atmosphere and the collective energy pushed us late into the night, until it was discussed to "make small stuff (together) and to (dis)assemble bunch of pieces". We came from several countries and several regions, we wanted to do this across borders (states, disciplines, frames, boring stuff, etc.).

Some of us where already close to Hackteria and some would like to take a step to the side and so on and so forth.

During this night different small groups had worked on the fluids of the human body, on the bioassay based on seeds for water quality, the diagnoses, pixelart / bioart, the music of ambience; and especially to tell stories of our political / power relationships, personnal/collective stories and History of science and techniques and also of the teaching and the Research.

So we decided to join Hakcteria and share some of our works and documentations here.

Thus we launch regular meetings in Brittany, mainly in Rennes, on the relationships to the intimate / fluids of the human body and (hope/promise) result (opening a diagnosis of state (more or less ramshackle))

Let's start by trying to produce experiences similar to what others before us have lived millennia ago.

Let's take a leak!!!


We discussed with Fiona, who's doing ethnobiology & anthropology at the crossroads of humans and non-human, Stories about plants, fungi, insects, vertebrates and all the little beasts of the microscopic world, merula, ragweed… She's conducting its research and disseminates it outside the university setting, i.e independent radio in Cévennes.

Qui sème le vivant récolte l’urticaire / Who sows the living reaps the hives

Fiona shared with us a song and poem (occitan language) by Lo Barrut:

Video and sound

L'èrba d'agram
L’èrba d’agram, ieu l’ai culhida
Sus la cròsa del paure mòrt.
Marrida grana, ieu l’ai brandida
Als quatre caires del meu òrt.

(Que venga patz, que venga guèrra
Semeni, ieu, l’èrba d’agram.. )

Es sus la talvèra qu’es la libertat,
La mòrt que t’espèra garda la vertat.
Cal sègre l’orièira, lo cròs del valat,
Grana la misèria quand florís lo blat.

Estelas sens luna ne veirem la fin:
Ne perdrem pas una, cercam lo camin.
Lo cèl tot s’engruna del ser al matin,
La bèstia feruna pudis lo canin...

Es sus la talvèra qu’es la libertat.
D’orièira en orièira pòrta la vertat.
La vida t’espèra de cròs en valat:
Bolís la misèria quand grana lo blat.

Al vòstre sègle de l’aram,
Semeni, ieu, l’èrba d’agram…

(Que venga patz, que venga guèrra
Semeni, ieu, l’èrba d’agram… )

L’èrba d’agram, ieu l’ai culhida
Sus la cròsa del paure mòrt.
Marrida grana, ieu l’ai brandida
Als quatre caires del meu òrt.

L’èrba d’agram,
L’èrba d’agram,
L’èrba d’agram.

(L’èrba d’agram)
  E lo grand vent de la misèria
L’escampilha sus la mia tèrra.

French Translation Le chiendent, moi je l’ai cueilli / Sur la fosse du pauvre mort. / Mauvaise graine je l’ai brandie / Aux quatre horizons de mon champ. - Et le grand vent de la misère / L’éparpillera sur ma terre. / Et dans votre siècle de fer - Vienne la paix, vienne la guerre, / Moi, je sèmerai le chiendent... - C’est sur la lisière qu’est la liberté, / La mort qui t’attend garde la vérité. / Il faut suivre la bordure, le creux du fossé / Graine la misère quand fleurit le blé. / C’est sur la lisière qu’est la liberté. - Étoiles sans lune, on en verra la fin. / On n’en perdra pas une, on cherche le chemin. / Le ciel tombe se morcelle, du soir au matin, / La bête sauvage pue le chien… - C’est sur la lisière qu’est la liberté, / D’orée en orée va la vérité. / La vie t’attend, de combe en vallée : / La misère bout quand graine le blé. / C’est sur la lisière qu’est la liberté.

After listening collectively some of her podcast's episodes we launch our PTsD − Piss Thurday's Delight − Accommodation and DIY∕DIWO bioparty at the Kaouenn Noz biohackerspace on Thursday evenings until the beginning of summer 2023



PTsD − Piss Thurday's Delight wiki page

  • At Kaouenn Noz (Rennes, Brittany) From February to 21 June, every first, third and fifth Thursday from 6pm to 10pm

Evening dedicated to the study of seeds, urine, germination, tool making, machine design, test series and self-tests and also makes run amok the power relations in medical diagnosis and/or biology.

We piss & sprout!

And reuse & adapt stuffs like:


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