Oki Wonder Lab

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ハクテリア 合宿 - Oki Wonder Lab

Oki is 沖, means ocean. ハクテリア 合宿 - Ha-ku-te-ri-a Gasshuku "hackteria camp"


design by Toru Oyama

also known as Okiwana Lab or OKINANDE! なんで or 沖罠 Okiwana Lab (Offshore Trap) or ハクテリア 合宿 - Ha-ku-te-ri-a Gasshuku "hackteria camp". Oki Wonder Lab is part of our HLabX_Programme which take a longer durational and concentrated research based camp, co-ordinated by Toru and dusjagr. It is held during 3 weeks with various activities such as Labs, Researches, Workshops, Talks, Discussions and many other forms.

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.


The main theme for Oki Wonder Lab is Isolation. We invite the participants to critically responds to the theme in every possible way. The geographically isolated island Okinawa is unique in it's own but also shares many resemblance to other islands in South East Asian archipelago and the Pacific Ocean. Isolation allows anything to be reduce or to expand, to live or to die, to grow or to reduce. It is a natural process beyond our artistic or scientific comprehension.


The main activities of Oki Wonder Lab will be held in 25 March - 15 April 2020. The activities will be conducted in several places such as Miyagi and Talganie in Okinawa. A mix of public events and research by the participants to interact with others and the nature itself is the main focus in this period. Bellow is the overall activities of Oki Wonder Lab:

  • Lab Activities, 25 March - 10 April 2020 - Miyagi Field Research
  • Kitchen Lab, Ferment, Mix and Cook! 2 April 2020
  • Public Opening, 3 April 2020 - ハクテリア 合宿 - Ha-ku-te-ri-a Gasshuku "hackteria camp"
  • Public Activities, 4 - 9 April 2020
  • 10 April 2020 - Reorientation, move to new location
  • 11 - 15 April 2020 - Talganie Public Activities
  • Post Lab activities: 16 - 25 April 2020


Okinawa, Japan

  • Camp Talganie Artistic Farm, Itoman City. More info

Accommodation & Hospitaltiy

Toru Oyama's Studio

We have fully funded and confirmed accommodation for all active participants! Expect shared accommodation between participants. We wouldn't have a personal room during the lab, if you must need your own private room, we encourage you to find your own accommodation that is suitable for your needs near the location of activities, please refer to the schedule written above. Please be as flexible as possible, there will be many occasions that we have outdoor activities, so prepare your outdoor gear and be ready to sleep outdoors during our field research.

For food we will also provide many opportunities to cook together and explore the local markets and food traditions in Okinawa.



We perfectly understand the nature of you all traveller geeks have always bringing your own tools and gears with you wherever you go. Because we are just like you! Soldering iron, tubes, microscopes, yeasts, bluetooth speakers, synthesizers, lasers, you name it! Bring it with you! We encourage all participants to bring any portable gears, tools and materials that you can fit inside your luggage and bring it to Oki Wonder Lab. We will provide some adequate tools during the programs, but we also warn you that we might not be able to provide you if it's too specific. Some of the hosts like dusjagr for sure will bring his biolab-in-a-box with some LEDs, or ucok will have some electroniclab-in-a-box with some synths, abao will have some lasers. We are happy to share with you and we encourage you to do the same! Other than that, also prepare gears for outdoor activities as we will do many field activities in the programs. Feel free to contact any of us if you have specific questions regarding this or post something in our forum.


We have active discussion in our forum, please feel free to join! https://forum.hackteria.org/c/HLabX/okinawa/22

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Research Nodes

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Shih Wei Chieh aka Abao (Taiwan)

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Shih Wei Chieh is a media artist based in Taipei. His wearable art, laser performance have been presented by many global events such as CTM Berlin, SXSW, YouFab, Modern Body Festival, University Technology Sydney etc. His work “Laser Dye” project in 2015 combines laser projection and cyanotype photography innovate the digital printing technology for 3D garments, shoes-wear. He’s also the founder of “Tribe Against Machine”, a social engaged project that invites media artist, e-textile artist to work with Taiwan Atayal tribe community, explore the new role of artists in remote society, how technology should evolve by reflecting to the crisis of the world after capital. Tribe Against Machine has now expanded the activities to the Tibet region of China, Province of Qinghai, to work with remote villagers on a greenhouse project as a long term project of social engagement in cultural practice. Since Summer 2019 he has become the "first" Hackteria Fellow.

Roman Maeder aka Larry Bang Bang (Switzerland)


Participated with Exhibitions, Mural-Paintings, Fake-Tattoo-Performances, Art/Festivals and Concerts in Mexico, US, Australia, NZ, Indonesia, Malaysia and Japan, Singapore plus uncounted Shows all over Europe. Awards and Residencies in Mexico-City, Denver, Vienna, Zürich and Schaffhausen. Also joined the Residency in LifePatch Jogja/IND 2014 together with Dusjagr. Publication of Fanzines, Silkscreens, Posters and Flyers, Stickers, Buttons, Anthologies, Installations, Cardboard-Sculptures, Musical Albums...

Lo Shih Tung (Taiwan)

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Lo Shih Tung’s practice orbits around two different gravities—of his personal artistic pursuit as well as of his interest in collective practice. As a leading member of Open Contemporary Art Center, Lo has been taking a very specific role in navigating potential interactions among cross-cultural perspectives and artistic practices, investigating the force of art that is mobilzed and shaped by form, space, model and relation of collaborative process. His individual practice pays attention to fragmented narration and reflection of a contextual setting or environment, operation and composition of the world. Lo has participated in the 2011 Rencontres Internationales Paris/Berlin/Madrid at Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris/ France, and also Une terrible poetique, La Biennale de Lyon, France.

Ilda (S.Korea)

Born in Korea, raised in Japan and living in Germany from 2002 to 2012, while living in the UK, France and Switzerland throughout the decade has set a strong influence in the key themes of his artwork; regionality and identity. The constant change in both external and internal(family) environments has naturally shaped his though process and creativity. While studying Fine Art in Korea, I focused on a more individual creative approach and in studying Visual Communication in Germany, He gained interest in inter- personal communication. 
His professional skills in photography was first developed while working with FeR Studio (main studio for Vogue, Vogue Girl, W Magazine) from 2005 to 2008 as a trainee. From 2006-2008, He participated in Sam- sung’s global product marketing at the 3 main global electronics conferences; the IFA, CeBIT and ICES.
Since then, his career has developed in to working with global Korean brands including Samsung, Hyundai, KIA and Hankook Tire as the Content Planner and Project Manager, responsible for global content develop- ment and designing the company’s brand identity. In 2014, He received the Reddot Award in Communication Design through Hankook Tire’s Global Site.
The convergence of photography and content planning in his work has played a key role in building an en- trepreneurial mindset and approach. Through this development, He has been able to study art and business through a more interdisciplinary and diverse approach.

He has a wider approach to art, creating individual pieces and involving in joint projects. For his in-dividual pieces, He views and approaches art in a more universal perspective. On the other hand, joint projects are created through a wider perspective, releasing his individual self while setting aside unfa-miliarities and bias. Through this He has rediscovered his personality and attempting to approach art in a different, non-artistic perspective. The harmony and convergence of external and internal boundaries
All forms of organized groups of persons assicoated together for a common purpose is defined as a ʻso-ciety.’ Whether consciously or subconsciously, external and internal boundaries are naturally bound to arise as complex rules, cultures and norms are formed to create and maintain this society. When these rules are not understood, it results in to communicative disorders such as social ineptness. My purpose is to variously interpret the many questions thrown about these cultural aspects through art. Re-interpreting the value of wasteness within the universality of capital perspective
In today’s world where the influence of capital power has become a universal standard, the purpose of this presentation is to analyze what defines and sets the standard to what is useful or unuseless in a univer-
sal perspective and reinterpret it in a different viewpoint to recreate the value of unnecessaries through art.

Posak Jodien (Taiwan)

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Posak Jodian, an Amis who lives in Taipei. Posak is the given name and Jodian is the father's name. Posak has a background in Ethnolinguistics and Communication studies. She mainly uses documentary as a method, and observes the traditional field formulation of tribe and the urban life of the indigenous people who left their hometown through long-term field research based on her ethnic identity. Meanwhile, she participates in the scenes of various mass movements, and the various actions of young people in between the gaps of cities. Continue to work on the documentary “Social Practice from Straight to Halfway Cafe”. Trying to use the ethnic and cultural actions as a fulcrum to open the boundaries between identity and recognition. Her work was published at several places, “Self-portrait” (2008) at Hualien Cultural and Creative Industries Park, “Story of Bai” (2010) at Taiwan Indigenous Television, Flames on the water (2016) at N-Factory AIR. She is also a member of Halfway Cafe and Haibizi Tent 16-18.

Shin Asato (Japan)

B. 1984 in Okinawa Japan, lives and works in Okinawa and Kanagawa Japan.

Shin Asato started painting by himself when studying psychology at the University of the Ryukyus. For learning painting, he moved to Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts, and went as a guest student to the Academy of Fine Arts Munich for one year from 2016.   His main concern is "atmosphere" of nature such as light, wind and water in the field of painting, mixed media and installation. With picking up those intangible essences, which have no shape but can be recognized by sense organ, his works imply something metaphorical images that are not only personal feelings but also the law of nature around our life and sometimes cultural or environmental situations.   His recent practice, with an artistic background in abstract painting and installation, engages with  regenerating  "field" and collaboration in site-specific "atmosphere" on and off the canvas.    He has had in a residency with Die Färberei/ Munich, Malaysian Institute of Arts/ Kuala Lumpur, and Koganecho Area Management Center/ Japan. His recent solo exhibition was held at Die Färberei/ Munich (2017), and many group exhibitions included at Ionion Center for the Arts and Culture/ Greece (2018), Galeri Soemardja/ Indonesia(2018), the National Arts Gallery/ Kuala Lumpur (2017), Tokyo Wander Site Shibuya/ Japan (2015), and Chiang Mai University Art Center/ Thailand (2014). His works are in the collections of Hilton Okinawa Chatan, Japan etc.    http://www.shinasato.wixsite.com/home

Tad Ermitaño (The Philippines)

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Tad Ermitaño is a key figure in new media art in the Philippines and South East Asia, with a history reaching as far back as the late 80s, when he co-founded the media collective Children of Cathode Ray. Considered to be one of the seminal pioneers of sound art in the country as well as an explorer of experimental film, his artistic practice has since grown into an examination of the processes, semiotics and structures surrounding man’s relationship with machinery. His projects often involve the manipulation of sound and images interacting with spatial structures.

Ermitaño works with a range of technologies, from digital video (Sex2Speech, 2017) and mechanical instruments (Hasa, 2015), to analog circuitry (Bell, 2011) and computer programming (Twinning Machine, 2012; and Sammy and the Sandworms, 2013).

Tad has had no formal training in the arts or in music. He was a science major, and attended the Philippine Science High School, and studied Biology at Japan’s University of Hiroshima, and Philosophy at the University of the Philippines. He trained in film and video at the Mowelfund Film Institute. Tad has participated in numerous group shows in spaces that include the Laforet Museum in Japan, the Palazzo Mora in Italy, and the Singapore Art Museum. In 2016 his work Gillages formed part of Muhon, the Philippine Pavilion’s exhibit at the 15th Venice Architecture Biennale.


CAMPO Kudaka Tomotsugu Mirai Miyahira https://www.campo.ooo/ こみゅとば Ayane Ishigaki http://commutoba.mystrikingly.com

Mary Maggic (USA/Austria)

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Mary Maggic (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a non-binary artist and proud amateur working within the fuzzy intersections of transfeminist hacking and ecological alienations. They approach the ever-urgent topic of body and gender politics through the perspective of science, knowledge production, and disobedient molecules. Using public workshopology, freak science, performance, documentary, and speculative fiction, Maggic is most known for projects "Open Source Estrogen" and "Estrofem! Lab" that generate DIY protocols for hacking hormones from bodies and environments, demonstrating their micro-performativity and potential for problematizing social constructs of gender. They have exhibited internationally including Migros Museum of Contemporary Art (CH), Philadelphia Museum of Art (US), Science Gallery London (UK), Haus der Kulturen der Welt (DE), Jeu de Paume (FR), MOCA Tuscon (US), Haus der elektronischen Kunst (CH), Institute of Contemporary Arts London (UK), outsight gallery (KR), Spring Workshop (HK), and Art Laboratory Berlin (DE). Their work has been featured in Vice, Makery, Hyperallergic, ArtAsiaPacific, Clot Magazine, and Dazed Digital, and has been awarded the Prix Ars Electronica Honorary Mention in Hybrid Arts (2017) and a Fulbright research scholarship in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2019).


Aki Iwaya (Japan)

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Researcher, documentary activist and filmmaker based in Tokyo, Japan. Aki and his colleagues of collective have conducted research on community and alternative spaces. Founder of "VS?Collective"(※) which generates "alternative" (option not given to binary conflict).

"Tactics for connecting society and culture" are gathered from Japan and abroad and networking. Developed activities that multiplied wisdom accumulated over multiple fields. Learning from "weakness" and "anthropology", archiving for practice & sharing to redefine "public" and "human”.

Graduated from faculty of Sports Science, and completed master's degree of creative writing in Waseda University. While making films, 2015 to 2017, researcher of Tokyo Metropolitan Foundation for History and Culture/Arts Council Tokyo planning and Grants Division. Specialty: Fine art, Film, Photography and Social support by art and culture.

※VS?Collective (2017~)https://www.facebook.com/vscollectivealter/ A group of production of events, translations, images, and criticisms that practice and present another choice 😊 alternative) against options pressed from the present world. By accumulating a variety of practical practices, we will share our work and network and cycle through the following options. However, together with constant inquiry "?" to the easy conception to try to make a unity by creating virtual enemies 😊 "VS").


And Many more to come....

This list is constantly updated and due to change. Let us know if you are missing on this page.

Hosts, Team, Co-Organizers

Toru Ryu Oyama (Japan)

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Toru (Ryu) Oyama (JPN) is born in Japan, lives and works in Japan, Germany and South Korea. As an artist and a chemical pharmacist, the art works of Ryu Oyama reflect his engagement in biology, chemistry, fields he ventured into while pursuing his degree in pharmacy at University Japan. He has since been developing artworks that draw from his knowledge of biological chemistry and combined visual art. Since 2007 Oyama has studied at the Staatliche Akademie der Bildende Kuenste Karlsruhe and worked in Germany. In 2014 and 2015, he showed projects in a two-part exhibition Adaptation and Blind Spot, at the Karlsruher Institut für Technologie (KIT) Campus Nord.

Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr (Switzerland)

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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.


Andreas Siagian aka ucok (Indonesia)

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Andreas Siagian is an artist-engineer working on a wide range of practice in DIY electronics and interdisciplinary art. He studied civil engineering but since 2004, he was actively involved in the electronic music and experimental music scene as organizer and facilitator. In 2008, he started to make installations, developing workshops, and participating in art and science events as well sometimes performing in experimental music events. He co-founded Lifepatch—a citizen initiative in art, science and technology in 2012, where he is still active with the other members in developing workshops, artworks, and participating in and organising public programs. In 2014, he was the co-director of Hackterialab 2014—Yogyakarta, a two week hacklab program of interdisciplinary collaboration organised by Hackteria and Lifepatch.

His solo practice brought his interest in DIY electronics and instrument making to The Instrument Builders Project in 2013 (in Yogyakarta) and 2015 (in the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne). He collaborated with Wukir Suryadi to create senjatajahanam, two instruments that were performed in the opening of Jogja Biennale 2015. In 2016, he was the visual artist for Senyawa's solo concert in Jakarta, Indonesia, and in 2018, he was the co-director of Biocamp Tokyo, artistic director of Indonesia Netaudio Festival, co-host of the Hacklab Nusasonic in Yogyakarta and CTM festival in Berlin, also facilitator of Arisan Tenggara. He is now part of the creative board of Cultural Festival Yogyakarta since 2018.


Remote Participants

Dissemination Phase, Global

The dissemination phase is a post phase of Oki Wonder Lab that will be conducted sporadically by either hosts or organizers. We invite everyone that are involved directly and indirectly involved in Oki Wonder Lab to initiate dissemination activities by their own interest. This will include short and small scale conducted activities, combined with carefully and/or spontaneous activities. Bellow are some activities that we had in plan for the moment.

  • 18 - 25 April 2020: Travel by boat and dissemination in Taipei
  • 10 - 14 July 2020: Dissemination in Walcheturn, Zürich, Switzerland
  • n/a Research continuation in Slovenia


Travel support for international participants and production costs are co-funded through the "Förderbeitrag" of KulturRaum Schaffhausen with the HLabX Programme.

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