Klöntal Biohack Retreat - Switzerland 2017

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Please visit our WE MAKE IT campaign to support our visions and dreams for this Retreat! Pre-register through the campaign if you want to actively participate!

Every amount counts! Thanks to the Science Booster program we have the chance to double all backing supports, with an extra backing from Gebert Rüf Stiftung.

Klöntal Biohack Retreat

Dates: 20 - 24. September 2017

Original website, Currently co-editing ideas here, Discussion on the Forum


The Ferienheim Niederurnen is a camp house / artist colony able to host up to 54 people and has vast recreation space, industrial size kitchen and a big garden for making fires and collect herbs. The house is situated a few steps away from a natural waterfall and the lake Klöntal.

See map

Living Schedule

Overall Program

Let's put some graphical hand drawn program here....

day -1: arrival of intrernational participants in zurich and other landing sites

day 1: Wed 20.Sep - Landing

day 2: Thu 21.Sep - Exploring

day 3: Fri 22.Sep - Performing

day 4: Sat 23.Sep - Sharing

day 5: Sun 24.Sep - Caring


26. Sep - Post-Retreat @ Dock18

Hurray! We just confirmed support for an additional event in Dock18, Zurich, to be able to share our experiences and experiments with a wider audience in the city, who didnt manage to come up to visit us. We can also use the space of Dock18 as a lab for post-retreat reflection, editing, documentation sprint, swimming or just enjoy the view to the lake of Zurich.

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It's a great pleasure for us, as we have initiated these kinda temporary labs already in collaboration with Dock18, back in 2010, the "first" HackteriaLab 2010 - Dock18/Zürich! and now we are coming back

Klöntal Biohack Retreat People

Invited Practitioners, Mentors and Workshopologists

I-Chern Lai (TW)


I-Chen Lai is an artist and a gardener. She works at Taipei Botanical Garden and she makes interventions in different kinds of “public space” from beach, park to public library and fine art museum. I-Chen has long been interested in man-made nature environment and recently more focus on gardens and botany, taking them as the reflection of human-nature relationships. I-Chen completed her undergraduate study in landscape architecture at Taiwan University and received her MFA degree from Edinburgh University's “Art, Space and Nature” programme, focused on site-specific art and art-science cross-disciplinary practice. Her projects have taken place in many cities in Asia and Europe, including Taipei, Nagoya, The Hague, Rotterdam, Aberdeen and Edinburgh. In 2016, her project Transaction / Translation was included in the 2016 Taipei Biennial “Gestures and archives of the present, genealogies of the future: A new lexicon for the biennial”, where she sat next to the installation in order to allow conversation with visitors.


Urs Gaudenz (CH)

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Urs Gaudenz is an engineer and interdisciplinary scholar working in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was born 1971 in Seattle USA. He got his master in science of Microtechnologoy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. Subsequent to that he attended Post-Graduate programs in international business and innovation-management. In 2016 completed the course of study in the Principles and Applications of Synthetic Biology as directed by Georg Curch, Professor of Genetics at Harward Medical School. He is founder of GaudiLabs, a third space for third culture. He is a founding member and member of the board of Hackteria International Society. He is currently on the faculty of the Lucerne School for Applied Science and Arts. In his professional practice, Urs Gaudenz makes use of various forms of work and expression such as prototype development, open scientific research and collaborative workshops. He is combining his different backgrounds to explore new technological and cultural fields and his works often emerges out of the void in this intersection. Remarkable in his work is the wide span from speculative and futuristic to very functional and applied. He worked with and was inspired by Dr. Marc Dusseiller - dusjagr labs, the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, the GynePunk, BioDesign for the Real World, Sci | Art NanoLab Summer Institute at UCLA, LifePatch. He was invited to give workshops or exhibit projects at renown institutions and festivals such as Ars Electronica - Projekt Genesis, ISEA - International Symposium on Electronic Art, DOCK18, space for media cultures of the world, Kapelica Gallery / BioTehna, Schloss Werdenberg, N/O/D/E festival, Medialab-Prado Madrid, CYNETART-Festival - Trans-Media-Akademie.


PTzN (Pei-Wen Liu, Tobias Hoffmann, Zhi-Yu Niels Hoffmann) (TW/CH/DE)

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Pei uses field recording and audio software as conceptual tools to create listening works and installations. Because of her reluctances to become a lonely digital artist who works only with her computer, she began to curate and host experimental sound and art events. Additionally, she is particularly interested in the crossrelations of art and science, interdisciplinary approaches of workshop and festival. She creates soundings as cultural practices.

Tobias, moved from Hannover Germany to Zurich Switzerland with a background of physics, special education and media art. Since 36 years old, he has never again pick up a painting brush and making his own canvas. However, he continues to explore a wilder world with guitar, radio waves, signals in the internet and codes. He often mentions the culture of technology shall always have an initial departure from people and benevolence.

zhi-yu Niels, an unstopable yet fresh explorer

Wawies Wisnu Wisdantio (ID)

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Wisnu ‘Bob Wewet’ Wisdantio is an architect focusing in urban planning and building design after finishing his studies and take part as planning consultant in 2007. Apart from his daily routines, Wisnu has a big interest in nature adventure and landscape photography. This interest became his main activity in working and collaborating with many communities and organizations. Several of them are his role as a chief editor and travel writer in Landscape Indonesia (http://landscapeindonesia.com) since 2010; a platform for outdoor travel sharing experience and visual documentation on natural landscapes in Indonesia, and as a member of Lifepatch, a community base organization working in creative and appropriate application in the field of art, science and technology.



Vanessa Lorenzo (ES/CH)

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Professionnal mossphonist and bio designer cooking bacterias, fungi, and moss to retune into nature through physical interfaces


Jukka Hautamäki (FI)

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Artist Jukka Hautamäki works with found materials, electronics, light, sound and video. His works, which are often presented in the form of an installation, are supported by sound and visual imagery. Hautamäki places everyday objects and materials into new contexts and forms. The emphasis is often on the reciprocal dynamic between the individual works and the overall mood of the exhibition. Hautamäkis sound performances are microscopic studies into electronic sound. Live setup consists of DIY sound devices, which he manipulates in real time by changing components and reconnecting circuits. Recent setup has included under-hood work lights, solar cells, electronicmagnetic sources, coil mics, diy amps and potatoes. Relationship between performativity and sound plays a significant role in the live performances. Music style could be described as abstract ambient noise with a twist.


Servando Barreiro (ES/DE)

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Servando Barreiro its a nomadic sound nerd with interests in Biochemistry, entheogens, DIY hardware & software, Lucid dreaming and many other topics..

With background in Electronics and Audio engineering and experience in live visuals, graphical programming, human-computer interaction and artificial stupidity.


Ke-ting Chen aka Kurt (TW)


Ke-ting Chen is a collector, farmer, art creator, and Ethnobotany researcher. He was born in 1985 and grew up between Taipei City and the tea village, Pinglin in Taiwan. He researched the biodiversity of the lichen Family Collemataceae in Taiwan, and received his MSc degree from the Plant Pathology of National Chung Hsing University. Then he did some agricultural technical cooperation projects in Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and Palau. From 2013, he joined the Ethnobotany research group in the Botanical Garden Division, Taiwan Forestry Research Institute. His survey is focusing on taro, other crops and the Traditional Ecological Knowledge of Taiwanese Aboriginals. During the period in TFRI, he also assisted operating the exhibition room and Japanese garden, "Nanmon-cho 323" in Taipei Botanical Garden. Besides, he continued his creation of photography, paper cutting and nature material weaving. His exhibitions “Conflux”, “Specimen of Time”, and an ongoing project “Lei for Love” are showing his interest of daily life, work and nature environment. Now he is back to his hometown, Pinglin. And he tries to set up a sustainable farm and co-studio combining plant, art and living.

Hosts, Team, Co-Organizers

Maya Minder (CH)

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Maya Minder‘s (b. 1983, lives in Zürich) Gasthaus combines artistic, curatorial, and activist interests into communal culinary events at various locations. For the Klöntal Triennial, she designed the opening dinner and also offers a series of workshops, including a biohacking workshop and a fermentation workshop, over the course of the Triennial‘s duration. Fermentation repeatedly features as a central aspect of her work, not only literally but also as a metaphor for social ferment, agitation, and incitation to resistance. Minder opposes the structures of food industry by promoting local selforganization, ecological sustainability, and community. She resuscitates traditional food productions methods with a certain relish, saving them from otherwise being forgotten. Her interests span the fields of art, politics, and biohacking, and she often invites other protagonists from these and various other fields to participate in the process of communal exchange. Facilitating interdisciplinary, intercultural dialogue amongst the participants is one of the primary goals of her practice.


Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr (CH)

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Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr is a nomadic researcher and workshopologist and works in an integral way, combining science, art and education. He is part of the Center for Alternative Coconut Research and the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society (SGMK), co-founder of the global Hackteria network and co-organizer of the different editions of HackteriaLab 2010 - 2014 in Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore and Yogyakarta. Before travelling the world for making DIY / DIWO laboratories for creative biological experimentation with living media, Marc entered the world of DIY electronics, designing printed circuit boards for synthesizers and organizing workshops and festivals in Switzerland and Slovenia. He lives and works in Zürich, Yogyakarta and Taipei. He also loves coconuts.


Klöntal Triennale Curation

Klöntal Triennale 2017 – Part of a Moment is initiated and curated by Alexandra Blättler and Sabine Rusterholz Petko.

Various artists would often organize communal activities like cooking events, tours, and other event formats that celebrated diverse forms of community and conceived of contemporary art as the product of a communal effort. Since its beginnings, participatory art has possessed an emancipatory political potential and encouraged alternative models for social relations. Design was often a distinctive point of reference for these practices and, at times, took on the role of a mediator between art and the everyday as a result of its accessible vocabulary.


Cooks and Hosts, tba

Remote and Virtual Collaborators

David & Mary - Global Community Bio Summit, MIT, Boston, USA

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The Community Biotechnology Initiative at the MIT Media Lab is organizing a Global Summit on Community Biotechnology this fall from Friday September 22 to Sunday September 24. Our goal is to provide a space for the global community of bio-hackers and members of independent and community laboratories to convene, plan, build fellowship, and continue the evolution of our movement. Our programming topics will include: diversity and inclusion, sharing and learning, bio security, enabling technologies, bio art and design, and more.


Nordic Biolabs Network - virtually and in Vilnius, Lithuania

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The newly shaping DIYBio network is emerging in Nordic and Baltic region which connects the researchers, makers, artists, scientists via their shared interest in DIYBio and their desire to shape own future by the process of making. It brings together biolabs, individuals and organisations from Nordic, Baltic and other European countries and represents the critical mass currently working in DIYBio field, coming from grassroots initiatives.


Parasite Radio link to Pixelache Festival "LOCAL & DECENTRALISED" - Helsinki, Finland

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The festival is titled Local & Decentralised and it happens from 22.9 to 24.9 in Suvilahti, Helsinki. Local and decentralised governance seems to happen when collective design and a tangible group effort come together. In order to decentralise temporally the festival and to materialize the festival theme itself, reflecting perhaps on the current edification of Helsinki, Pixelache Helsinki hosts an open forum for collective design and construction of a temporary venue, versatile and open to multiple uses. These new spatial configurations along with existing DIY area such as the skate-park coagulate together with the festival participants to create fluid places where knowledge can emerge and where it can be applied.


Related Projects on this wiki

As one of our key formats we have developed a series of "Collaborative Events for Production and Research", so called Temporary Labs.

See other editions on Temporary Labs Overview.

Notes about the Region

The lake is owned by the bigest Swiss Energy Holding called AXPO. See [1] Axpo is also the operating company of the world oldest nuclear power plant, Beznau. See watson