Hackteria

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  • A primary aim of the workshop activities is to demonstrate that scientific/artistic experimentation can take place within the DIY and open source domains, and that biology and custom electronics can be friends. Participants will become aware of the diversity of microorganisms in the urban environment and learn where to look for them and how to build apparatus for extracting them. After sourcing and isolating microorganisms we then develop open hardware and software environments with which these organisms can be both viewed and become the subjects for simple interactions. A central focus of the activities will be the hacking of webcams to build DIY video microscopes.

    Hackteria is a collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects instigated by Andy Gracie, Marc Dusseiller and Yashas Shetty with the aim of developing a rich resource for people interested in developing projects that involve DIY bioart, open source software and electronic experimentation. Hackteria encourages scientists, hackers and artists to combine their expertise, write critical and theoretical reflections, share simple instructions to work with lifescience technologies and cooperate on the organization of workshops, festival and meetings.

    This Workshop is supported by Bundesamt für Kultur (Schweizerische Eidgenossenschaft) and  Migros Kulturprozent