HackteriaLab 2014 - International Partners

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BIO-DESIGN for the REAL WORLD (Switzerland, India, Indonesia)

BIODESIGN for the REAL WORLD is an interdisciplinary and collaborative research project to define, build, and field-test prototypes that require the integration of wetware, hardware, and software to address real world water problems. In this phase of the project, we aim to build an open-source field-robust bio/chemical/electronic sensor elements and crowd sourced mapping of results that can be replicated in any country with online access and an interested community. We believe that behind any solution, there is a community: to define the problem of interest, make design decisions, to communicate the concerns, and to implement the solutions. This project was launched in 2012 as a partnership between (Art)ScienceBLR with design students from the Srishti School of Art, Design & Technology, (Bangalore, India) the Lifepatch citizen initiative in art, science and technology (Yogyakarta, Indonesia), and students at the School of Life Sciences at EPFL (Lausanne, Switzerland).



The Society of Bioart (FI)

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The Finnish Society of Bioart, established May 2008 in Kilpisjärvi and based in Helsinki, is an association developing, producing and facilitating activities around art and science, especially natural and life sciences, with biology and ecology at its centre. The Society is the Finnish contact node in international networks of bioart and art&science. It has currently 62 members, representing a multitude of fields within art, scientific research and other expertise. Its activities encompass the development and production of lectures, workshops, conferences, exhibitions, and collaborations with scientists and institutions. The Society runs the Ars Bioarctica project including an artist in residency programme at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station and fosters public discussions about biosciences, biotechnologies and bioethics. ARS BIOARCTICA. Ars Bioarctica is a long-term art&science project by the Finnish Society of Bioart together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station / Faculty of Biological and Environmental Sciences of the University of Helsinki and was initiated in autumn 2008. The focus of Ars Bioarctica is on the Arctic -nature, -biology and -ecology, with a special interest in the biology of water, snow and ice, environmental and climate change and the relations between nature and culture, perceived through the lens and methods of art- and science-practices.


Karkhana, Kathmandu, (Nepal)

Karhana is a social enterprise, based in Kathmandu, that is focused on catalysing an innovation ecosystem in Nepal. Toward that end we run a for-profit education company and are building a not-for-profit makerspace. The for-profit company works directly in the classroom running co-curricular activities that reinforce the national curriculum through hands-on projects. Our emphasis is on teaching grades 6 - 12, using an interdisciplinary approach that combines the STEAM subjects. Karkhana’s intervention in the school level originates from our observation that a rote learning, exam oriented education system is incapable of generating the base of tinkers, innovators and disruptive thinkers necessary for social progress. Karhana also has a strong focus on building connections and developing a creative community. The diversity of our relationships are apparent in a brief overview of what our makerspace has done over the last year. We have collaborated with a local community arts center to integrate robots into a storytelling workshop for kids. We have worked to document traditional brewing methods of the Kathmandu Valley. At the same time, we ran the second iteration of our annual robotics competition. Our big-tent approach is breaking down the silos many of these creative groups operate in and promoting interdisciplinary work. We are looking to the construction of a larger makerspace to give these diverse groups a single address to work in.


Art/Science Bangalore (India)

(Art)ScienceBLR's work is at intersection of art-science and pedagogy, creating spaces of dialogue and interaction between artists, designers and scientists. Since 2009, the group has focused on building low-tech laboratories and low cost equipment, making it easier for outsiders to explore the life-sciences. Their work has been awarded prizes and recognition in both the arts and the science contexts. It has been supported by the Srishti School of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore The National Center For Biological Sciences, Bangalore and the TATA group.


Affiliated Partners

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playaround / dimension+ / TW bioart community, Taipei, Taiwan / Hongkong, China

PlayAround is a hybrid format of workshop that intensely parallel and collaborative, of mediating the creative use of FLOSS (Free/Libre Open Source Software) and DIY practices to an audience of young students and artists of diverse backgrounds. It combines the knowledge creation and open distribution of new media technologies and contemporary art practices in a socially responsible and relevant context.


Pechblenda, Spain

Pechblenda is a TranshackFeminist Bio-electro-chemical Laboratory <> established in Calafou <>. We work with free hardware and free software and mess around with electronic circuits, circuit bending, repairing devices, noise concerts, experimentation and development, giving workshops and doing tutorials DIY since 2 years ago. We are involved in many different projects and right now we are experimenting with DIY analog-digital synthesizers, between others. We also work with gender issues, and we understand our bodies as another code to be hacked. The nucleus of Pechblenda is made of 3 heads, 6 hands, 6 ears and 3 tongues. Pin, Julito & Klau. Each of us have different trajectories but always surrounded by the same ideals, interests.



UR Institute Zagreb, Croatia

Universal Research Institute - UR Institute for independent interdisciplinary scientific research. It was founded to promote free and independent scientific research and development of innovations. The main areas of research conducted at UR institute are several fields of life sciences such as; all areas of biology & medicine and also research in cutting edge fields of science such as bioelectronics & nanotechnology. It's goal is to provide an environment for citizens to develop their innovation, especially those which can benefit the mankind. UR Institute supports & promotes; DIY culture, freedom of knowledge & learning and culture of science.




Manila BioPunk Movement & SABAW Media Art Kitchen

SABAW Media Art Kitchen, founded in 2005, is a not-for-profit organization that acts as a curatorial platform specializing in digital art and new media art, particularly those created by artists from the Southeast Asian region. It is the primary proponent behind Fete dela WSK!, a sonic art and electronic art festival that takes place in Metro Manila, Philippines. Its ongoing BedroomLab Lecture Series project functions as a platform for conversations and lectures about contemporary art, emerging technologies, DIYbio, and design. SABAW's headquarters, known by the name "Terminal Garden," is currently based in Metro Manila, Philippines, where it serves as a hackerspace, providing a residency program for visiting artists and researchers.

Fete dela WSK: http://wsknow.com

Bedroomlab: Lecture Series: http://bdrmlab.wordpress.com

Terminal Garden: http://terminalgarden.tumblr.com

BioTehna / Kapelica Gallery, Ljubljana, Slovenia

BioTehna is an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences and a series of public workshops, each mentored by expert/s in a specific scientific field. The initiative started as a collaboration of hackteria | Open Source Biological Art and Kapelica Gallery.


Waag Society open wetlab, Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Open Wetlab focuses on life sciences and the design and ethics of life. We want to involve the industry, artists and designers, but also the political forces and the public, hands-on in the shaping of biotechnology, as well as in what biotechnology creates. The Open Wetlab aims to offer a platform and discuss other forms of knowledge production in addition to the scientific one. Via a hands-on approach (where the public itself enters in contact and interacts with the technology) the Wetlab wants to give a different interpretation for the debate on usefulness and desirability of Life Sciences in society.


Gabriella Levine (US)

Gabriella Levine is a creative technologist, interactive artist and open-source hardware designer interested in the relationship between technology and ecology. Levine just returned from a radical experiment, circumnavigating the world by boat, as a Fellow of the Unreasonable At Sea accelerator, exposing Protei to 14 different ports worldwide.


Various individuals from the DIYbio.EU network

Martin Malthe Borch (BiologiGaragen DK), Brian Degger (UK), Pieter van Boheemen(NL)