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Mind thGAP_ | upcoming workshop series with wet-lab artist Adam Zaretsky et al. | May & June 2021

Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP)_

We are happy to announce the upcoming series of “hybrid” labs on ReproTech & Arts / Germline Hacks and Designer Babies, hosted by our wetl-lab artist-in-residence Adam Zaretsky and our virtual collaborators around the planet Earth.

Mind thGAP is a collaborative Programme with Hackteria ZET – Open Science Lab in Zürich – Research Node: ReproTech & Art / Germline Hacks and Designer Babies, Adam Zaretsky, Cristian Delgado, Paula Pin and Marc Dusseiller, with representatives of psyFert and BEAK, the Bioart Ethical Advisory Kommission.
Join our discussions on the forum if you want to collaborate with us!

Thx to H C-(M) for the fantastic animations

NFP – non-fundable project : The Mind thGAP programme series sadly has not yet been successfully raising fundings, approval by the Kt. of Zurich was rejected, other sources delayed. In the meantime we are full on continuing and offering our enthusiasm to make this happen and can rely on some small profits from recent crypto donations to the HCFF (Hackteria Crpyto Food Fund). Feel free to support our activities with donations on the ethereum chain (ERC-20 tokens only) or paypal.


Join our Virtual Lab

The workshop will happen both on ground and online. We are using BigBlueButton as a Open Source video conferencing tool, no downloads needed …it is automatic through your browser. Also works on a smart phone.
You might want to use 2 screens to follow the workshop stream AND do your own online research into the open genetic databases at the same time. Use 2 computers, or use a smartphone to see BBB and the laptop to do your individual online research.


Please register through this form.
(or by mail to dusjagr and state if you want to attend locally and/or as part of our virtual hybrid format online.)
More information on the labs / workshops are available on the hackteria wiki.


As part of our programme we are offering a series of labs / workshops open for all to actively participate, learn and contribute to thGAP_

16. May 16:00-18:00 CEST : thGAP – Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project

How to read scientific papers for artists:

Learn how anyone can do research as an art project for the genetic modification of future humans.

More information is available on the wiki.

Lets find some genes that most people don’t know about. We can learn about the open science sciHub interface. This way, you can download from the scientific community of mind from both sides of the pay wall. Try experiments in creative misreading of scientific papers. You will never feel bored, confused or annoyed by specialist lingo. Develop skills in translating powerful scientific lingo and boring scientific imagery into the playful, dataless and incomprehensible symbolic universe of the arts. Upload your research to the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) to start a first entry.

Special Guests: Larval Rock Stars: Praba Pilar and Anuj Vaidya
Born of prophesy, and precipitated by the hubris of man, LRS brings tidings of a new future – a post-human future, and offers movement from necrotic egocentrism to biotic ecocentrism. LRS intersect the bio-techno-critical and the absurd as the segmented paramythology of larvae of the post-human future. “Behold the larva we hold between us – the formless, shapeless, and unknowable potential for new life on earth.”

30. May 16:00-18:00 CEST : GOSPHA – Generic Open-Source Plasmid for Human Arts

World citizen gene hunting and opensource CGCB banking:

Thx for the fantastic graphx by Miranda Moss

More information is available on the wiki.

Take an in-silico tour of public science bioinformatics databases. Select, Copy and Paste Genes for fun and pleasure through creative bioinformatics explorations. Become adept in the Art of online Gene Hunting.
Learn how to find a gene and a gene sequence online. Interested in having an effect on the diverse possibilities of future transgenic mutants? Want to be a bioartist? Make art, poetry and an infectious human genome attenuator through our Amateur Gene Hunting lab. Copy whole gene sequences and paste them into the GOSPHA our non-proprietory, in silico, human gene editing guide design. Upload to the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) for a chance to alter the history of the future of our species.

6. June 16:00-18:00 CEST : CGCB – Creative Germline Constructs Bank

Become a bioart critic and bioart ethicist in 2 hours:

What is an bioart critic?
This lab explains how to be a bioart critic. How easy is it to vamp the language of art criticism? Lets do art criticism of genes! Creative writing is an appropriate response to the language of science. In this lab we review your a range of genes as potential gene-edited human art projects. Our explorations include image research into anatomy, scientific imagery, lateral web image soothsaying, and the power of naming/neologism.
A bioarts critique of a gene helps you understand the role of human gene editing as a part of bioart – a time-based, new media, trans-species conceptual art form with the aftertaste of art and technology interdisciplinarity.

What is a bioethicist?
Mind THGAP_ also provides novel approaches towards a public understanding of technology and legal, social, ethical and libidinal issues (LESLI) surrounding critical germline genetic editing. Bioart Ethical Advisory Kommission (BEAK) will present on the biodiverse effect of novel genetic aesthetics on the future of human anatomy. Imagined HumanPhenotypes from the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) of the Transgenic Human Genome Alternatives Project (thGAP_) will be analized for potential positive and negative effects of these proposed reprogrammed humans.

How to unwork a contract.
Sick of hitting “I Accept” for every contract you ever sign online? This part of the lab allows for radical unworking of your open source contract for your human gene editing guide design construct.

Finalize entries of the Creative Germline Constructs Bank (CGCB) by adding your reviews.

Call for Collaborators

Current Collaborators: Adam Zaretsky (USA), Cristian Delgado (MX), Marc Dusseiller (CH), Paula Pin (ES) invite you to join!!!

Join our discussions on the forum if you want to collaborate with us!

Dates tba : World Congress on New Reproductive Technology Arts

More info will follow soon… stay tuned!

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