MutaMorphosis:Nomadic Science Lab

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Nomadic Science Workshop aka Pre Symposium BioHackLab

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DIYbio and Open Biology tribute to Renaissance alchemist, makers, artisans, and tinkerers of Prague

  • 3 - 7. December, 2012
  • 4-5 days of collaborative hacking, making, brewing, reflecting, discussing.
  • invite 3-4 international BioHackers/Artists
  • collaborate with the local hackerspace, brmlab, andrej, rdka


We want to revive the creative science experimentations mixed with craft tradition, rich religious and mythological iconography, but also arts, which enabled the unique global exchanges in the 17.century Europe and gave rise to modern science. We want to return to these origins to develop our project of a nomadic science, which does not settle and identify with one institution nor one discipline and goal. It operates under the hackerspace paradigm, as a Renaissance utopian artisan network with their particular style of circulation and exchange of information (see Vera Keller, a historian of science). The Hackteria network revived this tradition of learned friendships and exchanges and introduced the forgotten format of “album amicorum”, book of friends, by members traveling and gathering personal texts and illustrations from colleagues and exchanging “wishlists” (desiderata) on various eccentric projects.

Present day tinkerers, disciplinary wanderers and artisans are invited to Prague to enjoy the “folly of empirics” and join us for a week of celebration of “maker’s knowledge”, eccentric science and inventions. While open biology and DIYbio often identify with attempts to democratize science and create open source, cheaper equipment and protocols, we want to open science to new, imaginative uses and collaborations, which support utopian and eccentric projects. Nomadic science is the opposite of institutionalized science. It supports lab “pastoralism” and moving from one location to the next in order to create autonomous zones for science tinkering and exchanges, which never settle for one goal or model of research and refuses progressivism in favor of radical openness and even knowledge anarchism.

In Prague we plan to commence a "lab archeology" by connecting old and new lab equipment, spaces, and protocols, and defining desiderata of nomadic science. Rather than creating more efficient and cheap DIYbio equipment, we want to design more creative and imaginative, even imaginary equipment, and embrace the aesthetic possibilities of hacking and anarchistic marking. We want to develop further the idea of "media is the message" into “lab equipment is the science” approach. Instead of 3D printers and plastic we want to rehabilitate glass as the material of choice for open biology and democratize more materials for creative appropriations of science. We want to translate science protocols into artistic and alchemist iconography, read these new protocols against old texts, combine practices and equipment, rethink some new uses of old distillation and fermentation apparati, translate and compare on this material level the various practices and ideas. While science supports institutional knowledge with well-defined methodology, theory, and labor division, we want to revive alchemy as a space of improvisation and tinkering, which gave rise to plural ideas of political, economic and philosophic reform. The Senecan commonplace, “There was never a great talent (ingenium) without some mixture of madness” (Nullum magnum ingenium sine mixtura dementiae fuit), in the motto for nomadic science as a utopian project of plural science & society interactions.


Vera Keller




  • denisa
  • marc

potential list


please add ideas and links

mobility of taste

1. mobility of taste (slipping out of the control of a Dead Cook/Author/God)

Trojan dishes

2. Trojan dishes (dishes either playing parts of other dishes/ingredients or hiding other materials, both living and dead, raw and cooked)

sous-vide hacks

DIY andrej sous-vide.jpg

MutaMorphosis: Tribute to Uncertainty

Part of Mutamorphosis

details of the Attractor call

Session at Symposium

details coming

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DIYbio Expo 2012: Mobile Labs and Nomadic Citizen Participation in Science Posted on May 22, 2012 Attractor: Marc R. Dusseiller

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Radical initiatives and projects, such as Hackerspaces, DIYbio, Maker communities, Fablabs, all present an alternative approach to innovation and research outside of the official academia and industry walls. We want to test further the possibilities of a more nomadic and mobile model of such alternative labs and allow greater intensity of experiments and networks between various technologies and communities on the streets of Prague. We want to invite the global community of Hackerspaces, DIY, Maker communities to send us and showcase their kits and products in workshops and expo style street exhibitions where anyone can interact with the tool.

Methodology: We want to create in Prague a nomadic kitchen-science lab and look into possible future science – society interactions. We will use local hot dog and ice cream food truck or print via some Fablab a model of the Indonesia angkingan and change its functionality (by adding low tech hacked science equipment) to offer science and food (molecular gastronomy) experiments on the streets of Prague. The Do-It-Yourself (DIY) and Do-It-With-Others (DIWO) approaches in citizen science projects are embodied in the street culture, which we believe should serve as a model for public participation in science initiatives. We believe science needs to go to the streets; it needs to taste and involve people in a very visceral and embodied way in order to provide a real participation for more democratic policy model. In the mobile truck we want to showcase various kits, products and solutions from the DIY & maker communities across the world.