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Collection of Open Source Art Projects

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Generic Lab Equipment

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About Hackteria

Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, DIY Biology, Generic Laboratory Infrastructure

Hackteria is an international network active since 2009 in the field of Open Source Biological Art. As a community platform hackteria tries to encourage the collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists to combine their experitise, write critical and theoretical reflections, share simple instructions to work with lifescience technologies and cooperate on the organization of workshops, temporary labs, hack-sprints and meetings. Hackteria is a network of people practicing DIY (do-it-yourself) and DIWO (do-it-with-others) biology with an interest in art, design and interdisciplinary cooperation. Hackteria operates on a global scale, and is based on a web platform and a wiki for sharing knowledge, which enable anyone to learn but also test different ways of hacking living systems. Hackteria is not based in a physical space, and its goal is to allow artists, scientists and hackers to collaborate and test various biohacking and bioart techniques outside the official laboratories and art institutions, basically anywhere in the world.

See our front website also for more info, news and articles.

A lot has been written about hackteria, see our overview of press and media.

Global Hackteria Network

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About the the Global Hackteria Network

Some people are described on this wiki

How to get involved

Wiki, slack, maillists.... just do it!

GLocal Hackteria Resicency Programme

International Hackteria Society

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About the International Hackteria Society
Under the name “International Hackteria Society”, is an association according to article 60ff of the Swiss Civil Code (ZGB) with seat in Zürich. The association aims to guarantee the organizational and financial processes of the project “Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art”. It wants to further development and access to practical knowledge in artistic engagement with the lifesciences. It wants to create platforms for public discussions and invite international artists and scientists for critical and theoretical discourse. The association works as a non- profit organization to reach its aims.

Current Board and Members of the Society

How to get involved

Using the wiki

Good question! We had to lock account creation due to spam bots. Subscribe on the Maillists to start...

Password recovery is fixed. So if you forgot... click send to mail adress (if you registered with it), or get in contact with some of the admins.

Do your own hackteria-style workshops

Just do it! Bring loads of fun stuff to play with, good people and start experimenting, sharing, documenting, jammin!



View a map of Global Hackteria Workshops - Update 2016 in full screen.

Workshops Overview

HackteriaLabs, Temporary Labs and Collaborative Production Events

Temporary Labs

Temporary Labs Overview


HackteriaLab 2010 - Zurich
HackteriaLab 2011 - Romainmotier
HackteriaLab 2013 - Bangalore
HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta
HackteriaLab 2017 - Klöntal

Core Methodologies

On the collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists in the organization of workshops, temporary labs, hack-sprints and meetings.

Workshopology, shared practice of giving workshop
Lab Making - How to start a BioLab

Live/life Performacences

[[=== [[Performative lab]o[dy Ritual]] ===]]

Pechblenda/Hackteria as a transhackfeminist queer science laboratories wants to propose a time and space for the confluence of cyborgs, cyber-witches and degenerate alchemists. Open the lab to experiment and be traversed by practical experience of noiSEX disturbance from the DIWo tools, fluids and non static bodies.

Open Science Friction and Noise Disturbance against systemic reductionist sEXcience

[[Performative lab]o[dy Ritual]] :

Glam lab]o[dy human and non human bodies ritualistic intra.actions. Nature queer performativity explorations and micromacropleasures experiments from the mobile HardGlam Bio.trans.lab Cyborg Witch alchemy & fluid ritual voice,movement and sound processing from bodies interations with anal-gytal devices. collective fluid ritual; bodies, devices, code, frequencies, waves and life video of our cells iterations.

Our BioTRANSlab is based in Open Science Friction methodology that acts assuming the knowledge comes thought the Magic experience of body, the true sentiment that involves expression and transformation of the self through the transcendental friction. This performance of knowledge is in essence the process of learning by doing, the body is frictionating with other agencies and through that we are performing a new outcome, we are no more as before. Documentation and memory in any form is essential! in ANY format: visual treasures, sound mines, microscopic riddles, biologic cabinets, microbiological growing centers, online seed banks, fluids archives, fanzine-paper,sms, oral decoding chorus, healing rituals, grammatic commented =glam. By definition Bio.trans.lab will ferment and being in state of going fast forward to a explosive and expansive movement towards radical experiments, collective strong confidence, to scape from the controlled bodypolitics and being in a free open human-non human environmental ecosystem.

[transhackfeminism, free technologies, free beings, situated knowledge, glam, biopunk, DIY/DIT, cyborg witches, hardware, wetware]

The emergence of the CyborgWitch strategy: ‘ A pesar de que el Witchcraft’ have creativity, fantasy, and innovation at their core, many Witches look to technology for pragmatic as well as spiritual tasks, to supply them with increased access to information and to like-minded people who can discuss and share their ideas.

HardGlam devices learn from Witchcraft and incorporate the labboratory into magical practice substituting local technologies for craft tools in both simple and complicated ways, and using the internet for socio purposes.

This Glamorous devices possess its own numen and act as a conduit for the spirit of the utilitarian aspect of using mechanical objects for magic and for communication with the queer beings through Chaos Magic as the actual doing of it - that like sex, no amount of theorizing and intellectualisation can substitute for the actual experience.

The sentiment that involves expression and transformation of the self through fluid mechanical digital interaction was being with the actual Cyborg Witches emergence.

Only in extremes can the spirit discover itself. A fluid environment is required as a vessel for magical consciousness. Only a fluid environment can conform to beliefs about it and be subject to the subtle magical forces. Only in mutable circumstances can divination come into its own.

Accordingly, some Witches have imagined the web as the sublime superhighway, and used the technology of this arena in experiments to project the self into liminal space for the purposes of ex stasis, and to harness, decipher, and re-write this mysterious plane for more powerful spell-work.

Witch is heightened and they enters into a transient state of ecstasy, exstasis, in the literal sense, ‘to stand outside of oneself’. The body is the interface that must be surpassed for the Witch to become a walker between worlds, where the disembodied self, (soul,mind, psyche) can coalesce with supernal entities, assume an alternative identity by switching gender, theriomorphing, or reach apotheosis and become a god.

These facts might suggest that open-source faiths like CW Witchcraf have a survival advantage in a progressively rational world. But it is not just CyborgWitches who are consecrating technology and holding it up as a window to the soul and path to deification; scientists, philosophers, cultural theorists, sci-fi geeks and computer programmers have all contributed to the development of the techgnosis concept.

Social movements like Witchcraft demonstrate that science and religion are not always “non- overlapping magisteria” as the Witchen community has managed to find enchantment in the technological world.

not all Witches have access to a range of technologies, nor are they all well versed in their operations. Another more weighty issue is that as our civilization becomes more absorbed in post-modern technology, we have less of a need for traditional attachments to the natural environment and the organic body.

The CyborgWitch strategy is an addendum to Witchcraft that seeks out charm in a De-naturalised urban context and aims to keep the religion dynamic and germane.

Conversely, the theories and experiments of trans-humanists are emic and the objectives are based on gaining knowledge and enhancing the self, ambitions shared by the acceptance of the cyborg revolution, means as a mutation towards divinity.

Now the cyborg witches has the flames to enchanted Chaos Magic from the radical visions of the punk doing together magic alchemy to heal where is needed and balance between nature and technology. Nature queer performativity through entanglements with nature (non industrial tech) and technology (postindustrial one) and other agencies.

being aware perhaps a more resilient attitude for a destiny saturated in life changing advances that praise science as savior.

magic charm, alluring beauty or charm, a spell affecting the eye, a kind of haze in the air , song, verse, incantation.’

Chaos magic borrowed freely fromScience Fiction, Quantum Physics, and anything else its practitioners chose to. Rather than trying to recover and maintain a tradition that links back to the past (and formerglories), Chaos magic is an approach that enables the individual to use anything that s/he thinks is suitable as a temporary belief or symbol system. What matters is the results you get, not the ‘authenticity’ of the system used. So Chaos magic then, is not a system - it utilises systems and encourages adherents to devise their own, giving magic a truly Postmodernist flavour.

Collection of DIY Biology, Open Source Art Projects

See new Project page Collection of DIY Biology, Open Source Art Projects and here you find the Old Main Page for now... until we made a new structure here in the front.

But because this one is such a claaassiiic! We leave it here for reflection...

Project 1: The Bacterial Net- Microbial Telecommunications.

Quorum sensing is a type of decision-making process used by decentralized groups to coordinate behavior. Many species of bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate their gene expression according to the local density of their population.The Bacterial Net attempts to transfer this decision making process over the Internet. Using Microcontollers and sensors to detect bacterial population and a public web service that helps transfer sensor information. The Bacterial Net is an exploration in bringing the Internet into the Natural Ecosystem.

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