• HYBRID MATTERS – The Nordic Culture Event of the Year – DIGITAL 2015-2016

    Posted on June 3rd, 2014 eb

    With great joy we announce that our project HYBRID MATTERS was chosen for the The Nordic Culture Event of the Year – DIGITAL 2015-2015.

    HYBRID MATTERS is a collaboration between: The Finnish Society of Bioart (FI), IT University Copenhagen (DK), Å+K (SE), Kunsthall Grenland (NO), Forumbox – Space for Art (FI).

    We want to thank everybody who is part of our association, who has worked with us  and supported our society over the years.

     

    The digitalization of our world builds a new hybrid ecology, which is formed by the merger of the digital and the physical world, a merger of technology and biology, and which transforms our everyday life. Hybrid means the mix of the biological environment that has existed for a long time, and digital technology, which we have introduced into our world. The Hybrid Matters program will, explore, and investigate this, through art. In this new kind of ecology there are new and different kind of actors. Obviously, there are humans, animals, and plants. But now there are also technological actors. For example; robots, networked sensors, that observe various aspects of our world or technologically manipulated organisms which are biological in nature but technological in origin. What we are really interested in is, what does it mean, to be a part of this hybrid ecology. How can digital technology and art assist in the communication between the different actors ?

    The Network:
    bioartsociety.fi – Erich Berger
    itu.dk – Laura Beloff
    kunsthallgrenland.no – Andreas Rishovd, Atle Barcley, Tom Hovinbøle
    misplay.se – Åsa Ståhl and Kristina Lindström
    forumbox.fi – Nina Toppila

    Special thanks to Katrine Lund ITU for assistance and Rina de Place Bjørn ITU for making the video.

  • Bio-Commons workshop – Camp Pixelache 2014 from 6th-8th June 2014 in Helsinki, Finland

    Posted on May 9th, 2014 eb
    The Finnish Society of Bioart invites you to participate in a workshop about Bio-Commons in the framework of Camp Pixelache 2014 from 6th-8th June 2014 in Helsinki, Finland.

     

    Gene Gun Hack - Rüdiger Trojok - photo credit: Martin Malthe Borch

    The Commons consist of any common resource that is available to all, and as such there are many type of Commons but basically two: physical resources or man-made. A plenitude of licensing modes has been developed in the past and were especially successful in the digital world. Despite the obvious success, there exists no similar licensing model for the life sciences. In prospect of the vast amounts of knowledge and inventions to be awaited it is a good time to bring our experience and expertise together to initiate an in depth discussion on the subject of Bio-Commons. The questions to ask and answer lie at the intersection of law and scientific theory and practice. At the same time we have to consider amongst others, ethical, societal and economic needs and challenges concerning life sciences. The aim of the Bio-Commons workshop is to initiate this discussion and identify the requirements and conditions for an open and collaborative approach towards Life Sciences.

     

    A keynote by Markus Schmidt will commence the Bio-Commons workshop:
    Markus Schmidt will walk us through the theme of the Bio-Commons, presenting various initiatives aiming at creating a more open source environment in the biotech area, the Nagoya Protocol as a means to internationally regulate the use and conservation of genetic resources. He draws parallels from the printer movement to biotechnology, with DIY-Bio spearheading the movement to go beyond the producer-consumer divide.

     

    An information package on the subject is being prepared and will be downloadable here:
    http://bioartsociety.fi/bio-commons.zip – available from 22nd of Mai
    Specify the agenda for the workshop by commenting on this piratepad:
    For content questions / contributions please contact
    Rüdiger Trojok trojok@openbioprojects.net

     

    Travel information:
    Camp Pixelache will be held on the island of Vartiosaari in front of Helsinki. There will be a ferry from the city and the possibility to  stay in tents on the island. For information about Camp Pixelache 2014 and how to get there please contact: Nathalie Aubret office@pixelache.ac . More information about Camp Pixelache 2014:

     

    Bio-Commons  is organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart with Rüdiger Trojok in  collaboration with Camp Pixelache 2014 Helsinki. Bio-Commons is supported by SYNENERGENE, funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the  European Union.


  • Artist lecture – Paul Vanouse 21 May, 18:45 – The House of Science and Letters room 312 / Helsinki

    Posted on May 8th, 2014 eb

    The Finnish Society of Bioart cordially invites to an artist lecture  by Paul Vanouse :

    May 21st, 18:45, The House of Science and Letters, room 312, Kirkkokatu 6, Kruunuhaka, Helsinki.


    Paul Vanouse is currently a visiting researcher at Aalto University’s Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts.

    Vanouse has over two decades of experience in working with emerging media forms and his works have exhibited in over 20 countries and across the United States.

    Interdisciplinarity and impassioned amateurism guide his art practice. For the past decade, Vanouse has been specifically concerned with forcing the arcane codes of scientific communication into a broader cultural language. His recent projects, “Latent Figure Protocol”, “Ocular Revision” and “Suspect Inversion Center” use molecular biology techniques to challenge “genome-hype” and to confront issues surrounding DNA fingerprinting. Vanouse is a Professor of Visual Studies at the University at Buffalo, NY. http://www.paulvanouse.com/

    In Helsinki, where he is hosted by HIAP, Vanouse has been working on a new project involving the human epidermal micro-biome, specifically those bacteria that process sweat.

  • Call for participation: Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]

    Posted on March 20th, 2014 eb

    Call for workshop participants:

    “Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]: An investigation of radioactivity in the context of art, physics and activism” originating from the Case Pyhäjoki project.

    When/Where: 2nd-5th of June 2014, Kaupunkiverstas, Helsinki, Finland
    Guides: Erich Berger and Martin Howse
    Guests: Mari Keski Korsu, Andrew Paterson, and others
    Application deadline: send your application including CV and motivation until 15.5.2014 to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi
    Participation fee for coffee and radiation detector: 20€

    The Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop allows the uninitiated to easily enter into a physical and intuitive relation to nuclear and atomic processes, following simple hands-on experimentation, construction and research. This relation promotes an understanding of the complex issues surrounding contemporary uses of nuclear and atomic technologies, which could inform and help to formulate an artistic “response”.

    Picture by Liisa Louhela during Case Pyhäjoki

    As part of the Case Pyhäjoki project in 2013, Berger and Howse designed a minimal, low budget geiger radiation detector which is fast and simple to build. The detector serves as an introduction for the workshop participants to start a relationship with the complex political, economic and artistic positions orbiting the phenomena of nuclear decay.

    During the Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop participants will be guided through their own construction of the radiation detector device, and will extend this with further investigations, experiments, lectures, discussion, screenings, presentations and field trips.

    Workshop schedule

    2.6. 18h: Presentation “Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence” with Mari Keski Korsu and guests.

    3-5.6. 10-18h: Building of radiation detector, experiments and investigations, presentations, screenings and field trips.

    About Erich Berger and Martin Howse

    Erich Berger is an artist and cultural worker based in Helsinki/ Finland. His interests lie in information processes and feedback structures, which he investigates through installations, situations,performances and interfaces. His current explorations of deep time and hybrid ecology led him to work with radiogenic phenomena.

    Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works and texts, Martin Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world.

    Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] is a collaboration between the Finnish Society of Bioart, Case Pyhäjoki and Pixelache and part of the pre program of CampPixelache 2014.

    The workshop is generously funded by the Finnish Arts Promotion Centre

  • Call for participation: Making_Life – a research platform for art and synthetic biology

    Posted on February 3rd, 2014 eb

    Call for participation – please share!

    Making_Life
    – a research platform for art and synthetic biology with three working periods

    Making_Life is a project by the Finnish Society of Bioart in collaboration with Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts – Aalto University Finland and Bio:Fiction Vienna Austria within the SYNENERGENE EU Project.

    Working period I:
    22nd – 27th of May at Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts – Aalto University Helsinki/ Finland.

    Instructors for working period I:
    Oron Catts/SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia with the support of Marika Hellman, Biofilia, Aalto University and selected guests.

    Please download the application form from:
    http://bioartsociety.fi/Making_Life_AF.pdf                      http://bioartsociety.fi/Making_Life_AFn.doc

    Application deadline:
    send your application form with attachments until 15.3.2014 to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi

    Synthetic biology
    is a new area of biological research that combines science and engineering. Synthetic biology encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies and disciplines, with the aim to design and construct new biological functions and systems not found in nature. Most approaches of Synthetic biology are based on genetic engineering but goes much further. In genetic engineering the goal is to manipulate an organism’s genes, usually by transferring one gene from a donor to a host organism. Synthetic biology, on the other hand, aims at creating whole new biological functions, systems and eventually organisms (Schmidt 2012). Other SB approaches are dealing with making novel life-forms from “scratch” (for example protocells). Synthetic Biology is still in its beginnings but if it reaches its potential promises it will become a highly transformative technology in terms of economy, ecology and ethics.

    Making_Life
    is a series of three consecutive work periods over the course of 12 months. The first period will take place between 22nd – 27th of May 2014 in Helsinki, the second is planned for November 2014 in Vienna, and the third, in May 2015, will take place again in Helsinki. The goal of Making_Life is to enable practitioners to critically and in an informed manner, engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical ramifications of synthetic biology through art. We will select a group of international multidisciplinary participants composed of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and students who will cooperate within this bottom-up devised program. The methods will shift from workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips, to forums, seminars and lectures. It will comprise theoretical as well as hands on approaches. The first and second work period will cover the introduction to synthetic biology, its sciences and technologies, the work on associated questions in art, ecology, ethics and politics and practical experience in the laboratory and with experiments. The third work period will be an intense session to create prototypes for artworks. The time in between the periods is for developing and deepening the participants’ focus of investigation. Participants are expected to join work periods I+II after which the participants for the period III are selected.

    Support:
    we are able to give partial support for travel and accommodation if required.

    About:
    The Finnish Society of Bioart http://bioartsociety.fi
    Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts -Aalto University Helsinki  http://biofilia.aalto.fi/en/
    Oron Catts http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/residents/catts
    Bio:Fiction http://bio-fiction.com
    SYNENERGENE http://www.synenergene.eu/

    Funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union

  • Yeastograms Workshops

    Posted on November 15th, 2013 eb

    Yeastograms
    A bioart workshop with Lucas Czjzek from the Bioart Club pavillon_35 / Vienna Austria.
    Date: 9-11.12.2013
    Place: Pixelache and Bioart Society office Kaasutehtaankatu 1 00580 Helsinki

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    For registration send an email to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi until 2nd of December
    No prior knowledge is necessary.
    Participation contribution 10.- EURO – Coffee/Tee included.
    Yeastograms are alive images out of yeast cells and produced in a photography like process.

    The yeastogram method has been developed by artists and scientists of pavillon_35. Lucas Czjzek, one of the developers, used this method for his work ANIMA http://pavillon35.polycinease.com/anima-1-0/ .

    During the 3 days workshop Lucas Czjzek from the bioart club pavillon_35 is showing a method to cultivate baker’s yeast and how to shape the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions. The workshop explores the utilization of living organisms in artistic formation and expression using amateur-biological techniques.

    First day 9th Dec. 17-21h: Preparation the culture medium and plating of the petri dishes. Design and  preparation of graphics stencils.

    Second day 10th Dec. 17-21h: Culturing of the yeast. Stencil exposure and incubation of the petri dishes.

    Third day 11th Dec. 19-21h: Review of the results, discussion of artistic possibilities, socializing.

    Lucas Czjzek was born and grew up in Vienna. He studied Digital Arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and took residencies in Berlin and California. Lucas worked as high-end chocolatier for a year and currently works as filmmaker and producer at a media agency. Since January 2013 artistic works with biological materials.

    pavillon_35 is a bioart club founded by Günter Seyfried and Niki Passath in February 2012 in Vienna to produce activities related to biological arts on many layers. http://pavillon35.polycinease.com

    The workshop is a coproduction of Pixelache and the Finnish Society of Bioart.

    http://bioartsociety.fi
    http://pixelache.ac