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Old Main Page

Old wiki frontpage.jpg For almost 8 years we have left the structure of our wiki main page they way we set it up on the first day... this is about to change now! If you are still looking for it, here you go to the Old Main Page

Collection of Open Source Art Projects

HackteriaWiki Projects.jpg See new Project page Collection of DIY Biology, Open Source Art Projects, with the full list of projects

Generic Lab Equipment

Urs tools.jpg To start up an independent and open lab it is crucial to get affordable lab equipment (besides having an enthusiastic and open group of people, see How to start a BioLab). Most of the tools we use are do it your self (DIY) and open source and are built from widely available and recycled parts found in consumer products such as DVD drives, hard disks and pc fans.

HUMUS sapiens

Humus sapiens.png 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.

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Welcome to the

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.

A General Overview Document about Hackteria, constantly updated and improved can be downloaded here: File:Hackteria_Overview_Feb2020.pdf

Global Hackteria Network

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About the the Global Hackteria Network

Some people are described on this wiki

How to get involved

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Wiki, Forum.... just do it!

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.

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.

Join the Forum

Forum.... just do it!

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!


Workshops Overview

View list of all workshops that happened so far [1]

Publications / Zines

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Zines in progress...

And a collection of articles that have been write on hackteria activities, see Press Coverage and others on our front page.

Hackteria Open Science Lab - Zürich


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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
HackteriaLab 2019 - Taiwan to be defined
ハクテリア 合宿 - Oki Wonder Lab 2020

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

On Going NOW

Hackteria Global Network - assembly at rC3

BioInformaticsHack - RandoGeneCode Workshop at rC3, 27-30 Dez 2020

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Adam Zaretsky is a WetLab art practitioner mixing ecology, biotechnology, non-human relations, body performance and gastronomy. His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. Zaretsky is a former researcher at the MIT department of biology and he also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.)

GlobalLAMP hang-out

We brought together a bunch of great people developing hardware / wetware for LAMP. From some msg and telegram groups we aim to come together and have a round table during the rC3.

Virtual Island

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There is now a jitsiRoom on the first island. you can join directly via your smart phone with this link:

New Lab-Space in Zürich at Bitwäscherei

See more on the [2]


Photon Idiosynchronicity

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GaudiLabs Quantum-Resifrenzy

Dates: 12 - 14. Nov

An Idiot's Electrodibles Workshop

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More info here:

Date and Time: Sunday 22. Nov 2020, 17h - 20h


Mémoires from Germline Hacks and Body Mods


Make you own CRISPR-Baby

Workshop Series


... stay tuned!

Recent Activities

Hackteria X Why ZET

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Oki Wonder Lab

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As part of our HLabX_Programme this will be the more durational research based camp, hosted in Okinawa, co-ordinated by Toru and dusjagr, to be held in Spring 2020. Main Activities in Okinawa from 25. March until 15. April. Some activites post-lab are also in preparations, trip to Taiwan and more field-research in Okinawa.

ハクテリア 合宿 - Oki Wonder Lab is a concentrated gathering of people working transdisciplinary who are interested in creative biological fields and any other areas which intrigue the critical interaction across art and science. In the past, Hackteria has been organising both carefully planned and/or spontaneous activities. The HackteriaLabs have been providing vessels which create international networks and potential collaboration to emerge and flourish. HackteriaLab's main focus always has been on the process of interaction between creative people, between professionals and amateurs, providing a stimulant for collaborative processes; for developing new ideas which connect and embrace the cultural diversities of the participants; and to address societal challenges through experiments with DIWO Culture, with material, technique, and nature through hands-on tinkering, curiosity driven research and never ending inquisitiveness.

HLabX Kick-Off Trip - Taiwan-Jogja

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During this trip we brought together our partners for HLabX from Okinawa and Taipei, aswell joining our friends from Lifepatch, Yogyakarta, and their collaborators from OCAC, during their stay in Taiwan. We then went on to Jogja for more intense meetings and getting to know each other, reflecting on earlier collaborative projects with Lifepatch, such as HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta and share interesting experiments on food, fermentation and more.

HLabX Jogja Meeting

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BadLab Zurich

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Student Courses

DIY Experiment zu Hause - Praktikum II, D-MATL, ETHZ

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MedTech-DIY @ HSLU, Luzern

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Das Modul verbindet Anwendungen der Medizintechnik mit Do It Yourself (DIY) Ansätzen. Dadurch wird das tiefere Verständnis von Medizintechnischen Geräten durch einen direkten, interdisziplinären und möglichst selbstgesteuerten Zugang gefördert. Basierend auf verschiedenen elektrophysiologischen Messmodulen (EMG, EKG, EOG, EEG) entwickeln die Studierenden im Team Ideen für innovative Produkte. Erste Prototypen werden mit den Mitteln der Digitalen Fabrikation hergestellt und getestet.

Feb 2020

HUMUS sapiens retreat 2019


This year we meet from 25.-27.10.2019 in the woods near Munich.

Please write to on which days you would like to be there (with or without accommodation), and whether you already have a topic / project idea in mind or would like to give a workshop. Soil creation and regeneration requires a tightly intertwined and interwoven network of organisms and matter, from microbes to animals and plants. The crosstalk between all of those compounds enables seeds to sprout on fertile soil. We believe that this diversity is always the key to creativity and innovation: HUMUS sapiens creates interdisciplinary crosstalk and collaboration from scientists, biohackers, artists and ecologists to farmers and gardeners, to share and build knowledge and tools for soil analysis and regeneration

Abao in GaudiLabs micro-Residency

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Documentation coming soon...

Wormolution - Hackteria Temporary Autonomous Laboratory @ 1000 Ecologies, Geneva

12. - 15. September, Le Commun, Geneva, Switzerland

Hackteria coordinates a Temporary Autonomous Laboratory during the early phase of “1000 Ecologies” inviting international researchers, artists and entrepreneurs as participants. The lab as a temporary construction should allow researchers from the fields of biology and engineering to collaborate with artists and so create links between the "two cultures", the human sciences and the arts. On the topic of “Wormolution” participants will explore the territory between plastic as the abundant material of our society and the natural metabolisms and processes in nature. By combining their expertise, share simple instructions and engaging in critical and theoretical reflections artists and scientists will create new ways to combine multiple ecologies, maybe in a circular, maybe in a whole new way of freedom and awareness.

UGM Organizing Society Hackteria Lecture

13:00 - 15:00 Augustus 21. 2019 in Collaboration with Zita

BioElectronics and BioMaterials Workshop, ISI, Yogyakarta August, 2019

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Welcome to the Odin Biohacking 101 Class in gene-editing discussion and hands-on session from 9.1.-24.4.2019 Swiss Edition.

Four months of remote cooking, learning, sewing for future gatherings. Various locations in and around Zurich and other spaces across Switzerland.

RandeLab Easter(H)egg 2019

Super-natural imaging

TeZ & Gaudi: Preview of their upcoming research activities. “For this year I want to do more of the beautiful things again. So for me this is in the direction of bio-feedback systems, aura imaging, experiments with water and photons, DNA... I have got some ideas there.” - Urs Gaudenz, 2019

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Kirlian photography and a collection of other super-natural imaging techniques have been the subject of mainstream scientific research, parapsychology research and art. Let's see.

BioPunk: Feed, Food, Fermentation

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We have several invited guests coming through Zurich and are hosting a day of experimentation and discussions in Shedhalle. Hackteria has always been focusing strongly 2 things: the development of new workshop concepts and establishing a global collaborative network. With this in mind we have planned a series of research visits by interesting practitioners working in the field of bioart, new media, food & fermentation culture. The goal of these visits is to establish a collaborative interaction phase with local artists from Switzerland (mostly in Zurich) and invite a public audience for interesting interactions.

Make you own CRISPR-Baby

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Join us for a deeper engagement on various methods of germline interventions. The germline is the river of heredity (i.e. sperm, ova, zygote) that you as a human are a part of. A gene from a non-human would need to be inserted into the river of humanity to make that person and their descendants interspecies transgenic. We will introduce DIY tools & toys for playful speculations on who, how and where we can envision our future offspring human /non-human watermelon inheritable post-species palettes. Through a collaborative and performative workshop, Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr, Megan Daalder and Adam Zaretsky, will guide the group throughout the evening.

Schedule: 6 – 9 pm, Friday 22nd Feb 2019

HUMUS.Sapiens on TOUR

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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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