DIY Bio Lounge // 24 - 26 January, 2014
January, 2014, 8 PM: Art & Science Dialog with Theresa
Schubert and Andy Adamatzky
In a dialogue between artist and scientist, Theresa Schubert and Andrew
Adamatzky discuss working with the single cell organism Physarum polycephalum.
As a living curiosum, this type of slime mould serves as a model for network
optimisation. It can be interpreted as an 'agent' who distributively solves
geometric problems. Presenting artworks and results of experiments, the
talk challenges common understandings of intelligence and creativity,
and emphasises a post-human view on the world and its creatures.
Schubert (DE) is a post-media artist, works as an artistic researcher
and is a PhD candidate at the Bauhaus-University Weimar. (http://www.theresaschubert.org/)
Andrew Adamatzky (UK) is Professor in Unconventional Computing
in the Department of Computer Science, Director of the Unconventional
Computing Centre, and a member of Bristol Robotics Lab at the University
of the West of England. (http://uncomp.uwe.ac.uk/adamatzky/)
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge; bio-hackathon
7 PM Presentation by Rüdiger Trojok
6 PM - open end: DIY Bio Lounge, drop in & drop out; open bio lab;
molecular cocktails; Bioluminescence installation by Sarah Chareza and
A full day
programme of events introduced and led by biologist Rüdiger Trojok,
combining science art, and open source science technology. This event
is part of a larger project to create an open bio lab project in Berlin
for more information.)
In the evening
there will be a Molecular cocktail bar, serving sparkling wine with aperol
bubbles, as well as 'smoking' cocktails.
26 January, 2014
2-6 PM DIY Bio Lounge, open bio lab
3 PM: BioStrike: Open Antibiotics Discovery a presentation
by Denisa Kera (hackteria.org and National University of Singapore)
25-26 January, 2014
Bioluminescence an installation by Sarah Chareza
and Jessica Bernds
Accompanying Art Laboratory's programme of events (DIY Bio Lounge), this
installation displays the bioluminescent bacteria (Aliivibrio fischeri).
These bacteria are widespread in all oceans, and prefer to live in symbiosis
with marine organisms (e.g. herring or squid). Bioluminescence, chemical
reactions within the bacterial cells, make these cells visible in the
dark. In contrast to phosphorescence, which is observed in decomposing
organic material and can only be made visible through the absorption of
outside light, bioluminescence only occurs in living organisms.
In the installation,
these harmless bacteria have been cultivated on a nutrient medium. The
artists aim to represent the aesthetics of decay, the daily occurrence
when a large number of unused food wastes away, and thereby make a statement
about the "the Food Question" and its relation to the global
Jessica Bernds is a Berlin based biologist and bio-artist.
Chareza completed her PhD in Microbiology and Virology at the Germany
Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and is currently working in a contract
Kera is a philosopher and a designer, who uses prototypes to rethink
history of science, but also future scenarios related to emerging technologies.
In 2013 she became a collector of DIYbio prototypes and Hackteria network
archivist. She is also Assistant Professor at the National University
Trojok studied systems and synthetic biology at the University of
Potsdam and the University of Freiburg in Germany and Denmark Technical
University. Currently he is building up a citizen science biolab in Berlin
and actively promoting open source biotechnology in public, politics and
Lounge is a project in cooperation with openbioprojects.net and the Vorspiel
2014 programme of transmediale and CTM.
intake of coloured substances by slime mould Physarum polycephalum in
laboratory implementation of Kolmogorov-Uspenskii machine. Courtesy of
Andrew Adamatzky. Adamatzky A. "Physarum Machines" (World Scientific,