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Hackteria Soil Retreat, 4-6. May 2018 - 3 days of Soil-Geeking and Art in RandeLab, Schaffhausen, Switzerland


Soil is life and we believe that diversity is the key to creativity and innovation. Humus Sapiens is an open source research project and an intitiative to create an international network with soil enthusiasts and biohackers. In this soil-retreat we gather people from around the world and different backgrounds to share their knowledge and diy-methods to create workshops and concepts around the topic of soil.

Scientists, artists, pedagogues, ecologists and farmers work together to develope new strategies and tools for the study of soil and farming technics and to share their results on a open plattform for further research.

The Global Hackteria Network, Gasthaus: Fermentation and Bacteria and the Society for mikroBIOMIK gather their sources to rethink the way we deal with our mother earth.


The main activities for the Hackteria's RandeLab Soil Retreat are from Friday 4th May until Sunday 6th, 2018. Some guests will already arrive on thursday and head to RandeLab directly, us organizers will be there from wednesday onwards for the preparations.

Depending on the weather we might stay a few days longer, feel free to join! And after a final clean-up some of us will head further to Fribourg to join the ANYMA research week to continue some of the more technical aspects of our projects. See below for more info.

Hosting & Accommodation

Any questions? Please post them in the forum!!

The RandeLab has 2 floors and the upper floor is nicely set-up to host at least 10 people in individual beds. There are fresh bedstuffs and everything, but you are also welcome to bring along your own sleeping bag (not not a must). In the main rooms on the groundfloor there are another 2-3 sleeping places. So a total of up to 14-15 people can be sorted out. You are also welcome to bring a tent, but be aware there are only a few flat spots on the land available, you'll find them!

We will provide food, snacks and drinks throughout the Retreat. Feel free to bring some extra candies, goodies or stuff you like to share! We will cook mostly vegetarian food, for special needs we have already been in contact with you and will take care of it.


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RandeLab is a house in the hills of Randen, more specifically the region is called Hagen and is at the most northern border of Switzerland, Canton of Schaffhausen, just bordering to Germany by a 5 minutes walk. As a partially protected natural / cultural land with a lot of forest and limited agriculture it will be a great spot to start exploring our Open Soil Research ideas. The RandeLab itself has been a meeting point and retreat for many earlier informal activities within the Hackteria Network and local friends for leisure activities.


The infrastructure in RandeLab is relatively simple, collected/filtered rain-water is available by pumping, and it's drinkable! For washing our new Open Mandi platform was just made freshly for YOU! Water can be heated on the fire and usually 1 pot should be enough for a full body-wash, see instructions by Wilbur. Bring your own towel!


The house is equipped with 400 Wp solarpanels and 450 Ah of battery capacity, so i am pretty sure we will make it through the days being able to use light, laptops, charge phones or whatever is needed four our research. Additionally there is a 2kW generator to be able to use power-tools.


A simple dry toilet is in the shed 10 meters away from the house, with newly installed LED lighting and a gallery of Indian street-posters!

How to get there


By public transport and walking

There is public transport via Schaffhausen and by bis to Merishausen, Gemeindehaus, running approx every 1h. From Merishausen you can walk up to RandeLab in 45-60 minutes.

By car

There is limited traffic allowed on Hagen! So we are only allowed to have 2 cars coming to RandeLab using a special licence. And our hosting team is using them for shopping and transport.

For those of you who want to come by car it is advised to drive to Heidebomm, which is already on the height of Randen and has a public parking. From there it's only a 10 minutes walk, see map above.

Collaborate and discuss virtually on our Forum

Join our discussion forum!

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Après-Retreat Research Week, 7-13. May 2018, A.N.Y.M.A. Fribourg, Switzerland

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Find more info and join discussing on the forum.


Retreat Schedule

Coming soon...


Hosts, Team, Co-Organizers

Marc Dusseiller aka dusjagr (CH)

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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.


Maya Minder (CH)

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Maya Minder‘s (b. 1983, lives in Zürich) Gasthaus combines artistic, curatorial, and activist interests into communal culinary events at various locations. For the Klöntal Triennial, she designed the opening dinner and also offers a series of workshops, including a biohacking workshop and a fermentation workshop, over the course of the Triennial‘s duration. Fermentation repeatedly features as a central aspect of her work, not only literally but also as a metaphor for social ferment, agitation, and incitation to resistance. Minder opposes the structures of food industry by promoting local selforganization, ecological sustainability, and community. She resuscitates traditional food productions methods with a certain relish, saving them from otherwise being forgotten. Her interests span the fields of art, politics, and biohacking, and she often invites other protagonists from these and various other fields to participate in the process of communal exchange. Facilitating interdisciplinary, intercultural dialogue amongst the participants is one of the primary goals of her practice.


Julian Chollet (DE)

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Julian Chollet is a (no)mad scientist, curious student and informal teacher with a background in molecular biology. He is working on the endless and underexplored biodiverity of microbes, fungi and phages - with the aim to liberate the world from microphobia through workshopology, fermentation and microscopy. His current main project focuses on creative learning environments and public participation in science with emphasis on the invisible world.


Practitioners, Mentors and Workshopologists

Urs Gaudenz (CH)

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Urs Gaudenz is an engineer and interdisciplinary scholar working in Lucerne, Switzerland. He was born 1971 in Seattle USA. He got his master in science of Microtechnologoy from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne. Subsequent to that he attended Post-Graduate programs in international business and innovation-management. In 2016 completed the course of study in the Principles and Applications of Synthetic Biology as directed by Georg Curch, Professor of Genetics at Harward Medical School. He is founder of GaudiLabs, a third space for third culture. He is a founding member and member of the board of Hackteria International Society. He is currently on the faculty of the Lucerne School for Applied Science and Arts. In his professional practice, Urs Gaudenz makes use of various forms of work and expression such as prototype development, open scientific research and collaborative workshops. He is combining his different backgrounds to explore new technological and cultural fields and his works often emerges out of the void in this intersection. Remarkable in his work is the wide span from speculative and futuristic to very functional and applied. He worked with and was inspired by Dr. Marc Dusseiller - dusjagr labs, the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, the GynePunk, BioDesign for the Real World, Sci | Art NanoLab Summer Institute at UCLA, LifePatch. He was invited to give workshops or exhibit projects at renown institutions and festivals such as Ars Electronica - Projekt Genesis, ISEA - International Symposium on Electronic Art, DOCK18, space for media cultures of the world, Kapelica Gallery / BioTehna, Schloss Werdenberg, N/O/D/E festival, Medialab-Prado Madrid, CYNETART-Festival - Trans-Media-Akademie.


Janne "Pannu" Korhonen (FI)

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Janne Korhonen is a forest ecologist and atmospheric scientist, currently finishing his doctoral thesis at the Institute for atmospheric and earth system research (INAR) at University of Helsinki. His main research interest is transport of carbon and nitrogen compounds inside forest, and between forests and the atmosphere. In addition to his research, Janne is involved in on Climate Whirl project, focusing on intersection between science and arts, popularization of science and science education. His other interests are photography, video and all-kinds of measurement-related geeking, especially chamber measurements.



Lucy Patterson (UK/DE)

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Hi! I’m a freelance science hacker and community organiser living and working in Berlin. I’m a biologist at heart and by training, fascinated by the very weird and extremely small molecular world. I work at the interface between science and society, creating projects and events that bring different communities together to engage with scientific ideas and explore the implications of contemporary research. I specialise in events that foster exchange and collaboration (hacks and hackathons, social or community events, world cafes, informal discussion events), experiences that encourage learning and discovery (workshops, hands-on activities, experiments), and immerse or entertain (immersive experiences, live performances).



Baggenstos/Rudolf (CH)

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Baggenstos/Rudolf work incessantly to discover new aesthetic possibilities of multiple natural and artificial worlds.They turned their studio into a biohacker art lab, where water lentils grow in giant aquariums and mushrooms hang on the walls. Heidy Baggenstos and Andreas Rudolf both achieved a Master in Fine Arts at the Zurich University of Arts in 2015, and they have been working together since 2005. http://www.baggenstos-rudolf.ch/

Concerning the soil project, we are interested in the many worms living in the soil. Namely, there should be bioluminescent worms, or worms which are bioluminescent at least for a limited time. We heard of findings of these worms, but the sites were always limited to France. Live such worms in our ground too? And we want to see them with our own eyes. We are interested in what they use the light. Do they need it as a kind of communication?

Glow of the earthworm project: https://www.hackteria.org/wiki/Glow_of_the_earthworm

Oliver Walkhof (DE/CH)

Miranda Moss (ZA)

Manuel Di Cerbo (CH)


Josephine Blersch (DE)

Forscht im Bereich Nanotechnologie im Kontext regenerativer Medizin. Möchte eine Brücke zwischen künstlerischen Ausdrucksformen und Wissenschaft bauen.


Florian Detig (DE)

Tobias Ziltner (CH)

Biohacker, Sozialinformatiker, Dipl. Bio- und Neurofeedbacktherapeut.


Nico (DE)

Vanessa Lorenzo (ES/CH)

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Professionnal mossphonist and bio designer cooking bacterias, fungi, and moss to retune into nature through physical interfaces


Chris Vernon (UK/CH)

Salome Kuratli (CH)

Til Kreuels (DE)

Remote and Virtual Collaborators

Research Notes

On CO2 Sensors Random_Thoughts_About_Soil

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