HLabX Programme

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Starting to get serious on this.... Nope, actually we are damn serious about this for years! Let's kickass! After the laaasst HackteriaLab (a larger version of) in Yogyakarta five years ago, we are facing our heads up towards HackteriaLab in Taiwan.


HackteriaLab is a concentrated gathering of interdisciplinary people with interest of creative biological fields and any other fields which intrigue the critical interaction between art and science. In the past, HackteriaLab has been organised both with carefully planned or/and spontaneously, providing vessels which create international network and potential collaboration to emerged and flourished. HackteriaLab has been and always be focussing on the process of the interaction between creative people, either professionals and amateurs, providing stimulant for collaborative process for developing new ideas which connecting and embracing cultural diversities of the participants. After the last larger scale of HackteriaLab back in 2014, organized in Yogyakarta, we are looking to hold another HackteriaLab and a series of related events in 2019-2020 in Taiwan and beyond. We would like to gather the old and new networks which has created throughout our activities in the past 10 years.

Format / Overview

HLabX Fellows

Reworking the concept of the residencies into a fellowship programme. Stay tuned...

Tentative Schedule (starting point for discussions)

Timeplan screenshot.png We have a constantly changing workplan on gdocs.


Starting from August 2019 in collaboration with various local partners in Taiwan, Indonesia, Japan, Philippines, China and Switzerland. An open call will be issued by end of August. We are aiming at hosting 2 - 3 artists to come for a more durational stay to work with ongoing initiatives and deepen their knowledge in the local artistic and ecological scenes.

HLabX Jogja Meeting


During the pre-phase we want to hold public workshops in Taipei to introduce our practice and methodologies at the interface of biohacking, art and DIWO (Do It With Others). These workshops are planned for early October onwards and during the stay of the residence artists.

HLab X - Taiwan

Tentative Dates: 26. Oct - 10. Nov 2019 post-poned to early 2020... first focusing on the network, residencies and fellows programme

At the heart of the HackteriaLab is a 10-day retreat / camp, as a collaborative temporary research laboratory for dealing with ecology, environment, nature and fusion with artistic practice of media art and the interface of art and science. The retreat into a new place and the taking out of participants from their everyday practice serves to create an experimental place to test new ideas, collaborations, prototypes, performances in a local context.

Global / local dissemination

Presenting, discussing, exhibiting, workshopping in the aftermath of HLab X all over the globe. Currently discussion already happening with Piksel, Bergen (NO), places in Switzerland and hopefully more!

Graphical Overview

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dusjagr tries to colorfully visualize the concept and format. Size of different aspects might not represent it's importance... further discussion will develop this more

Topics and Nodes

  • Radical Hopes
  • Radical Transdiscilinarity
  • Kitchen | Food | Social Fermentation
  • The Art of Bringing People Together

Nodes to invite people to for now ideas go towards:

  • Plants
  • Sonification
  • Textile
  • Field Laboratory
  • Meta-Node aka "Third Space" for reflection of the overall collaborative process as a whole


Public Venue in Taipai for Public Discussions and Workshops, tba

Remote House / Camp in the Countryside for the main HLabX Retreat phase, tba


We are now looking for more local and international partners! Get in contact on our Forum.

Get Involved

Start discussing with the Global Hackteria Network about this on the Forum.

Look into our shared google drive.

Impressions from the past

Klöntal Biohack Retreat - Switzerland 2017 and HUMUS.Sapiens

Klöntal Biohack Retreat - Switzerland 2017 - 5 days of Biohacking and Art im Klöntal - The artist Maya Minder, in collaboration with Hackteria.org, invited people from the international Biohackerscene to stay in the Klöntal. Natural scientists, hackers and artists meet for the development of ideas and open exchange.

Also known as HackteriaLab 2017 - Klöntal, which then lead to a series of events in the Region of Switzerland and Southern Germany under the umbrella of HUMUS.Sapiens, starting in Sring 2018 and still kicking...

«HUMUS sapiens» represents a compilation of soil explorations emerging from the networks of

We bring DIY (do it yourself) and DIWO (do it with others) approaches as well as an open source based ‘hacker spirit’ into soil ecology. We invite you to reflect on current scientific discourses and critical societal challenges through hands-on tinkering and curiosity driven research.

We are building a network of soil enthusiasts for long-term collaborative research and invite YOU to join us. Read more on Mikrobiomik

HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta

HackteriaLab 2014 was held in April 2014, in Yogyakarta, Indonesia. A number of smaller events, workshops, residencies and exhibitions predated the main collaborative lab-phase. It was the fourth edition of an intensive two-week transdisciplinary collaboration amongst international and local artists, hackers, activists, scientists, and designers. HackteriaLab 2014 expanded on ideas and methodologies about BioArt, DIY biology, Appropriate Technology, ArtScience and BioHacking, developed during the previous versions of HackteriaLab 2011 - Romainmotier and HackteriaLab 2010 - Dock18/Zürich in Switzerland and HackteriaLab_2013_-_Bangalore in India.

Within the framework of "Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art", the HackteriaLab immersive format plays a key role in experimentation and the development of new models for knowledge sharing and collaboration building, in the emergent artistic practices related to bio- and nanotechnology and science in general.

HackteriaLab, our version of a production workshop, creates a melting pot of the practices of art and science, of culture and environment. It aims to broaden the intercultural knowledge exchange and realizes this know-how through workshops, participatory prototype exhibitions and online wiki documentations.

HackteriaLab 2014 invited international artists and scientists to collaborate with local communities, which have been intensively working with specific local social and ecological issues in Yogyakarta.

Full Documentary "SENI GOTONG ROYONG: HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta"

Click (cc) for english subtitles


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, the effort to democratize science created opportunities for innovation and a model for public participation in science. These movements rippled into many things such as a kind of revival of traditional knowledge, influential policy forces, changes in how we produce and share knowledge into an iterative and collective process. Yogyakarta, Indonesia, has been one of the most active hubs in this movement.

HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakakarta is a two-weeks making-oriented gathering of researchers, artists, scientists, academicians, hackers and whatevers in Yogyakarta. It 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. As a web and community platform, Hackteria tries to encourage scientists, hackers and artists to collaborate and combine their expertise, write critical and theoretical reflections, share simple instructions to work with life science technologies and cooperate on the organization of workshops, festival and meetings.

What will they be making and for who? Anything along their own practices within the setting of the three ecological nodes which basically are on going projects that are open for people’s participation. They are: Biorecovery of volcanic soil that is run by the Microbiology Department (Agricultural Faculty of Gadjah Mada University); biodiversity conservation in Wonosadi Forest that is run by the Green Tech Community; and environmental monitoring of the rivers in Yogyakarta that is run by Lifepatch.

Produced and directed by X-Code films, this documentary was made during the two weeks of HackteriaLab 2014 – Yogyakarta. It offers you a glimpse of (almost) everything that happens and documents the participants wish list for future collaborations and works.

  • ) Gotong-royong is an Indonesian philosophy on getting things done collectively. As Indonesianist anthropologist Clifford Geertz puts it, “An enormous inventory of highly specific and often quite intricate institutions for effecting the cooperation in work, politics, and personal relations alike, vaguely gathered under culturally charged and fairly well indefinable value-images--rukun ("mutual adjustment"), gotong royong ("joint bearing of burdens"), tolong-menolong ("reciprocal assistance")--governs social interaction with a force as sovereign as it is subdued.”

See more about HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta on this wiki or in bahasa Indonesia on the lifepatch site

TAM - Tribe Against Machine

Our partner Shih-Wei Chieh and a team of collaborators organized camps in Taiwan 2017 and 2018, connecting e-textile communities and hackers to local tribal knowledge of weaving and other textile methods of the Ayatal tribes.

Fu-Zhi (服誌) program is the core spirit of the event and will serve as a concrete symbol reshaped after the transformation of traditional culture through contemporary technologies, “Fu-Zhi” is a conceptual project to produce magazines speak for tribe culture but with physical wearable form. With this project and e-Textile workshops, Shih Wei Chieh, the initiator of this event, attempts to bring artists, the new Atayal generation, and all other workshop participators together in hopes of discovering the new coordinate for cultural heritage preservation. Fu-Zhi, which will be created after the workshop, using traditional textile techniques and smart materials, will be able to transform cultural heritage archival into IoT (Internet of Things) objects, wearables, to achieve its main purpose of becoming a digitized physical global but private underground platform, an ethnic internet for a discrete, un-unified group of human cultures: “Tribes”.

Badlab Project - DIY or dye

Textile printing workshop with wild herbs.


follow link to wiki entry here: https://www.hackteria.org/wiki/DIY_or_DYE_-_BadLab_project