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Microgalactic Space Invasion


Workshop: 13.00 - 17:00 | Thursday / Friday, 12 & 13. Jan 2023

Talk "Global Hackteria Network | Open Source Biological Art and Playing With Life": 18:00 - 19:00 | Thursday 12. Jan

Talk "Open Science Hardware and Business": 18:00 - 19:00 | Friday 13. Jan


Universität für Angewandte Kunst, Expositor PSK, Experimental Game Cultures, 1.OG. Georg-Coch-Platz 2, 1010 Wien

Workshop Description /imagine prompt <> Microgalactic Space Invasion, Daphnia magna, paramecium, euglena, amoeba, c. elegans, e. coli, LED geeking, Workshop, Bioart, Vienna, interaction, Jugendstil style drawing --ar 3:2, and edited in GIMP and Inkscape

Dear Esteemed Colleagues,

We are pleased to announce a forthcoming workshop on the exciting and interdisciplinary topics of microgalactic space invasion, waterflea (Daphnia magna), LED geeking, and bioart. This workshop, to be held in the cultural hub of Vienna, will explore the intersection of science and art through hands-on experimentation and discussion.

The workshop will begin with a discussion on the intriguing concept of microgalactic space invasion, delving into the potential for small organisms from other planets to exist and thrive within our own microcosmic world. Participants will then have the opportunity to observe and study the fascinating waterflea, Daphnia magna, as a model system for understanding the impacts of microgalactic invasion.

Next, participants will have the chance to geek out on LED technology, learning about the science behind these energy-efficient lights and creating their own LED-based projects. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on the intersection of biology and art through the medium of bioart. Participants will have the opportunity to view and discuss examples of bioart, and will even have the chance to create their own bioart piece to take home.

Throughout the workshop, participants will have the opportunity to engage in interactive design activities, finding creative solutions to problems and designing their own projects. The workshop will be held in the vibrant city of Vienna, offering ample opportunity for cultural enrichment and collaboration with international colleagues.

We hope that you will join us for this exciting and unique workshop, where science and art intersect in the exploration of microgalactic space invasion, waterflea biology, LED technology, and bioart.


the honorary "Doktor der Naturwissenschaften und globusbewanderter Workshopologe", Marc R. Dusseiller

and distinguished "Diplom-Ingenieur and selbsterlernter Obermeister der Künste", Urs D. Gaudenz write me a 300 words workshop description in the style of 19th century academic letters around the topics of Microgalactic Space Invasion, Waterflea, Daphnia magna, LED geeking, Bioart, Vienna, interaction desgin (sent to chatGPT)


"Global Hackteria Network | Open Source Biological Art and Playing With Life" by Marc Dusseiller

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"Open Science Hardware and Business" by Urs Gaudenz


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Dr. Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr


Marc Dusseiller, Center for Alternative Coconut Research & member of Hackteria

Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He also loves coconuts. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK and co-founder of the new Hackerspace collective Bitwäscherei (2020) in Zürich. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland, FHNW, HEAD, ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 - 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination, Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, in a DIY / DIWO fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in the Majority World. He was the co-organizer of the different editions of HackteriaLab 2010 - 2020 Zürich, Romainmotier, Bangalore, Yogyakarta and Klöntal, Okinawa and collaborated on the organisation of the BioFabbing Convergence, 2017, in Geneva and the Gathering for Open Science Hardware, GOSH! 2016, Geneva & 2018, in Shenzhen.

Urs Gaudenz aka Gaudi


Urs Gaudenz, GaudiLabs & member of Hackteria

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 Hardward 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.


“Playing With Life” – Article about wetPONG and biotic games

The article by Marni Usheroff about biotic games, wetPONG and general discussion about the use of lifeforms in play has finally been published. I, dusjagr, was happy to speak through skype with her, explaining the history of the wetPONG course I did at FHNW since 2008, which is where the whole DIY microscopy started, even before we started the hackteria website.

In this age of biotechnology, enter the era of Biotic Games