Project info & Participants

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Project description

In 2015-2016 Hybrid Matters raised awareness on environmental changes and anthropocene. With the proposed network of biolabs, individuals and related organisations we want to go a step further and to fill the gap between the raised awareness, artistic practices, scientific experiments and daily habits around our kitchens. We want to belong to citizens and the so called “Generation M.” proposed in 2014 by Dimitris Papadopoulos. We want to know how our colleagues do their research around DIYBio and implement their experience in their practices. We want to build the network while becoming close friends, we want to share our knowledge and we want to learn from people thinking like us, with us and for us. We want to become socially active and we want to de-mystify scientific experiments and sophisticated artistic mythos. We want to know what is life and how matter around us becomes life. Within this network we want to actively shape our future.

For this project we have foreseen the series of exchange meetings and workshops that would constitute and shape the network of individuals and organisations from Northern, Baltic and other European countries. In one year four events will be organized in five different partner locations – Vilnius, Helsinki, Stavanger, Malmö and Kolding – creating a nomadic forum for exchange of hacks, ideas, working methods, discoveries, experiences and future visions. From scientific discoveries, technological inventions, philosophical insights, science fiction to artistic visions – all will be taken into account, and concepts such as anthropocene (also technocene, capitalocene, chthulucene, plasticene etc.) will be investigated as much as they concern the position of a human being at present in relation to other living beings (Donna Haraway, Rosi Braidotti). Interactions between organisms and objects will be observed (Bruno Latour, Karen Barad). Artistic methods will be employed to visualise how scientific expertise could be productively translated into mundane practice and how knowledge production could be expanded. By creating this network we are becoming a critical mass with a voice in the region that can no longer be ignored. It is a critical mass of individuals and organisations working on DIYBio, coming from grassroots initiatives from various locations, driven by a need to actively engage in their activities and to share their knowledge, their methods and discoveries with their peers. We have chosen active meetings as the format for exchange, including but not limiting to interactive community laboratories, creative workshops, hubs etc. format. With every event we will aim to expand the maker community by inviting the local initiatives to join and to contribute with new resources and new forms of operation. Each of the foreseen events will focus on a sub–theme identified by the network based on the ongoing debate. Representatives from each partner will be invited to meetings, which will last for 2–3 days. Two hacks and at least one network meeting will take place during each meeting. The events will end with a public panel.

Preliminary schedule of DIYBio meetings and workshops

1. August 2017, Vilnius: “Next-generation biopolymers E. coli”

2. September 2017, Helsinki: “Copper-Kimchi(김치)-Cu(I)O/C 6H10CuO6”

3. November 2017 Kolding and Malmö: “Composting Plastics”

4. February 2018, Stavanger: “bioluminescence”

Confirmed people:

1. Erich Berger (FI)

2. Lina Rukeviciute (LT)

3. Hege Tapio (NO)

4. Martin Malthe Borch (DK)

5. Danielle Wilde (DK)

6. Mindaugas Gapsevicius (LT/DE)

7. Kristina Lindström (SE)

8. Asa Stahl (SE)

9. Justin Tyler Tate (FI)

10. Andrew Paterson (FI)

11. Laura Beloff (DK/FI)

12. Marc Dusseiller (CH)

13. Ursula Damm (DE)

14. Egle Marija Ramanauskaite (LT)

15. Kristupas Sabolius (LT)

16. Emilija Vasiliunaite (LT)

17. Simona Bekeraitė (LT)

Associated partners:

18. M Lo (DK)

19. Piritta Puhto (FI)

20. Rasa Smite (LV)


22. Mari Keski-Korsu (FI)

23. Olof Lagerlund (SE)

24. Agnieszka Pokrywka (PL/FI)

25. Art Laboratory Berlin (DE)

Confirmed biolabs and related organisations:

1. Bioartsociety, (FI)

2. i/o/lab Centre for Future Art (NO)

3. Biologigaragen, (DK)

4. Institutio media, (LT)

5. Technarium hackerspace, (LT)

6. Synthetic Biology Organisation, (LT)

7. Top eV. Association for the Promotion of Cultural Practice, (DE)

8. International Hackteria Society and Global Hackteria Network, (CH)

9. Department of Design og Kommunikation of the University of Southern Denmark, (DK)

10. Media Environments Chair of the Bauhaus University Weimar, (DE)

11. Studio NG20 (SE)

12. Temporary, (FI)