ROŠA - Regional Open Science Hardware & Art, Indonesia

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As a continuation of various research and network activities within UROS, we are happy to announce to have received the GOSH regional events grant (9900 USD, supported via Sloan Foundation) for more activities in Indonesia during 2022, under the name "ROŠA - Regional Open Science Hardware & Art". See the original application here.

"A regional event series combining a longer on-site residency, aswell as a research & production lab, local outreach and a gathering of interesting players from the region of South East Asia."


Preparations April / May - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Visit to Widya Teknologi Hayati, 2022

Coconut Research at Pantai Nanddong, 2022

Bonbontronix - Introduction DIY electronics Workshops

Call tba: Residency - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Dates tba : ROŠA-on-Tour - Indonesia

Dates tba : Gathering - Yogyakarta, Indonesia

Original Application

Hackteria methodologies

Throughout the years the focus has shifted to more human interaction and physical formats of learning environments to share and experiment with DIY practices to allow anybody outside established research institutions to perform their own experiments in lifescience, environmental monitoring and artistic approaches involving biological mediums. We have always embraced a methodology of “radical transdisciplinarity” with the belief that the challenges of our times can only be tackled when all players of society globally are involved; crossing different cultural backgrounds, socio-economics situations and a large diversity of practices from art, hacking and engineering to cooking, anthropoloy and experimental electronic music.

See various articles that have been written about hackteria: Press Coverage

HackteriaLabs 2010-20xx

Hackteria has established a methodology of “temporary labs for collaborative production and transdisciplinary research”, which has been done several times over the last decade. Under the name “HackteriaLab” we have done such events in Switzerland 2010, 2011 & 2017, Bangalore 2013, Okinawa 2020 and also in Yogyakarta 2014, Indonesia. Especially the latter has been extremely fruitful in establishing long term collaborations, friendships and new projects that extended years beyond the events itself.

See the trailer and documentary film here: HLab14-Documentary

UROŠ - Ubiquitous Rural Open Science Hardware

In 2021 Hackteria has initiated a project “UROŠ - Ubiquitous Rural Open Science Hardware” with support from Slovenia and the European Union, with the goal to research the more “real world” application of various open science hardware projects in a rural setting and agricultural applications. The projects involved remote researchers in Argentina and Yogyakarta, aswell as a 3 weeks temporary autonomous lab (can also be described as a group residency / hackathon) in Maribor, Slovenia. We hope to continue and culminate this event series with a larger regional gathering in Yogyakarta and the support of the GOSH funding round 1.

What is the event about, and what do you want to achieve with it?

Hackteria has been focussing in the process of long term collaboration by initiating many regional activities especially Indonesia. The connection between Hackteria with Indonesia has started since 2009, from small scale activities such as workshops, talks, lectures, labs, residencies and even a festival - scale event called HackteriaLab 2014 - Yogyakarta. This strong relationship is a fruit of a consistency in reaching out, developing ideas, making things, experimenting and/or even hanging out to talk about cultural differences.

In short:

“A regional event series combining a longer on-site residency, multi-geographical work connection local outreach tour, as-well as a research & production lab and a gathering of interesting players from the region of South East Asia.”


We will be happy to host and finance one person for a longer durational residency to work in the local context of Yogyakarta, aswell as exploring other regions of Indonesia together. The focus of the applicatants should cover the main topics of “rural open science hardware” in the newly eyplored regional context. The residency will be choosen through a call, by the organising team, and selected according the GOSH values and experiences to create valuable research.

(The second residency is Marc Dusseiller, mostly in the role of co-ordination and organzing the event series. His travel costs are covered privately.)

ROŠA workshop and outreach tour:

The local team and residence researchers will be invited for a tour through Java and Makkassar, Sulawesi to visit selected communities and learn and share experiences in open science hardware in the local context through workshops, expeditions and talks.

ROŠA temporary lab:

For 10 days we’ll inhabint a public venue in Yogyakarta to set up a temporary lab for developing and experimenting with our hardware projects, host local visitors and public events, promoting the collaborative and open source spirit of our activities. A small group of participants will be invitied to the ROŠA temporary lab. we are aiming at a focused group of 10-15 active participants, if travel restrictions are allowing it, 50% from South East Asia and the others from different local communities. More international guests are welcomed (2-3 persons), but will need to support their own travel and covid-19 related quarantine costs.

ROŠA gathering:

During a 3 days gathering we will share our practices to a wider audience of local researchers, students, activists and creatives. Various methodologies will be implemented, such as site-visits, working groups, skill-share sessions and talks.

Embedded ethnographic research:

We have collaborators locally who have an interest to study our transdisciplinary laboratory as an ethnographic - cultural anthropological field or how to establish quality observation and understanding of collective and interdisciplinary work in innovation laboratories. In short, how to observe, participate, learn and innovate collective work methods and how to use different methods of thinking (scientific, artistic, economic, everyday) and how to build (different examples from the world) bridges between science, art and industry.