Bio Lounge // 24 - 26 January, 2014
open our 2014 programme Art Laboratory Berlin will be presenting three
days of events on open source biology and micro-organisms in connection
with the transmediale festival
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
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 Jessica Bernds
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 (see http://www.openbioprojects.net/
for more information.)
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)
with a workshop by Julian Chollet
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.
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 food shortage.
Jessica Bernds holds a Diploma in Biology and is a "free
time artist". She got introduced to the DIY Biology movement
in 2012 and is now part of the evolving and growing Berling DIY
Bio group. Her interests are set between science and art. Focusing
on the scientific part she likes using arts to introduce the scientific
facts to a larger audience.
Chareza completed her PhD in Microbiology and Virology at the
Germany Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg and is currently working
in a contract research organisation.
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 of Singapore.
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 the arts.
Bio Lounge is a project in cooperation with openbioprojects.net
and the Vorspiel 2014 programme of transmediale and CTM.
Dr. Barbara Borek, Art-in-Berlin
Online-Magazine, published 27 January, 2014