science-based art

Anima 1.5 @ das weisse haus

Anima 1.5 is exhibited with fresh yeast prints at DIGITAL FRICTIONS.

opening today, Dec 3, 6:30 pm
das weisse haus - 1040 Wien, Argentinierstraße 11



Yeastogram Workshop @ Cynetart Dresden

Between the 15th and 17th of November 2013 Pavillon 35 presented Lucas Czjzek's work ANIMA and held Yeastogram workshops at the Cynetart Festival in Dresden, Hellerau.






Preparing the culture medium


Preparing the culture medium


Agar poured into petri dishes








Applying the baker´s yeast on the agar plates




Preparing the stencils


Placing the the yeastonated petri dishes with the stencils under the UV LEDs






Preparing another round of stencils


















Joanna Szlauderbach and Raphael Kim


Nature Animée

The exhibition Nature Animée presents works with bio-artistic qualities, which were produced within club pavillon_35.

Opening: 4.3.2013 - 19:30
Programm: 6.3.2013 - 19:30 - Conversation with Art and Science - Discussion: Formation and Development with Charlotte Jarvis and Ao.Univ.Prof. Dr. Marie-Theres Hauser

The works presented explore the relationship between humans and their microbial environment. Living materials, such as fungi, bacteria, seeds of orchids, beans and peas are shown in their artistic transformation. Concepts from anatomy and pathology are made aesthetically perceptible for the viewer.

See works by:

Daniela Brill
Simon Goritschnig
Tatjana Hirschmugl
Sivlia Hüttner
Michal Marencik
Sarah Rechberger

During the exhibition, visitors are invited to conduct small biological experiments.

Heiligenkreuzerhof Sala Terrena - Stiege 7 - Schönlaterngasse 5 - 1010 Wien

see the detailed schedule here


Call for DIY Biologists to take part in Maker Faire UK

What is Maker Faire?

Maker Faire is the world’s largest ‘show and tell’ with hundreds of engineers, artists, DIY-ers and inventors presenting their projects to thousands of visitors.

The weekend also features installations, live performances and short drop-in workshops.

Anyone who is embracing the do-it-yourself (or do-it-together) spirit and wants to share their accomplishments with an appreciative audience can be a maker.

A short video from last year’s Maker Faire UK best introduces the event >

 An opportunity for DIY Biologists

The next Maker Faire UK will take place 27/28 April 2013 at the Centre for Life in Newcastle.

We are particularly keen to encourage more DIY Biologists to take part and have identified some sponsorship funds to support expenses

Exhibits that are interactive and highlight the process of making DIY lab equipment are particularly encouraged.

Funds can be used to support travel, accommodation, production costs and materials if a ‘make and take’ is proposed.

Although funding is subject to availability, this can be used to support international makers attending the event.

Next steps

Anyone interested, should complete the online submission form by 20 Jan 2013. See  >

Please outline your costs as part of your answer to the following question: ‘Anything else we should know about your project?’

For more information, please email

European meetup sprouts 4 new DIYBio projects

“DIYBio communities are growing like mushrooms”, co-organizer Thomas Landrain (La Paillasse) stated at the opening of the DIYBio Europe Kick off meeting in le Musée des arts et métiers in Paris. Despite the fact that a clear definition of DIYBio, if any necessary, might still be lacking, one thing is for sure: all attendees share a strong tendency towards independent, open and alternative ways in biotechnology. Everyone is very keen on learning from each other and explore potential collaboration opportunities.  Read more...   .   .

Biohacking talk at paraflows.7 conference

One of the talks at the paraflows.7 REVERSE ENGINEERING conference in Vienna, Austria (14-16. September 2012) deals with the implications of amateur biology.




Biohacking and its societal ramifications

Markus Schmidt, 14.9.2012, 16:30, Room D, Quartier 21, Electric Avenue, Museums Quartier.

Abstract: Synthetic biology is the attempt to apply engineering principles to biology. Motivated by Richard Feynman’s last words „What I cannot build I do not understand“, synthetic biologists want to go beyond description and analysis and really construct living systems. Given the complexity of living systems, however, this is no easy task. In order to reduce the complexity and make biology easier to engineer, the development of a toolbox for the modular design of biological systems is high on the agenda. If successful, “de-skilling” might finally unleash the full potential of biotechnology and spark a wave of innovation, as more and more people would have the necessary skills to engineer biology. A number of “biohackers”, “Do-it-yourself-biologists” and “amateur biologist” have started to take biotechnology out of the lab and into kitchens, garages and community centres. The ramifications of this development involve economic (patents vs. open access), socio-political (democratisation of biotech), environmental and safety issues, that will be discussed in this presentation.

in-vitro meat as art: Symbiotica in Vienna

Ionat Zurr from Symbiotica will deliver an oral presentation titled  “Framing in-vitro meat as art“ as part of the ‘Tissue Engineered Nutrition’ panel in the 3rd TERMIS World Congress 2012

“Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine”

September 5 - 8, 2012 Hofburg Congress Centre | Vienna | Austria





Are we entering in the age of living logic, where the programming, modelling and prediction of lifeforms is actually possible? This masterclass guides the participants towards the ethical, scientific and artistic challenges.

With George Church (US), Joe Davis (US) - Winner of 2012 Prix Ars Electronica Golden Nica, Hybrid Art, Manuel Selg (AT), Markus Schmidt (AT), and Jens Hauser (DE/FR).

27-29 August, 2012 at Ars Electronicain Linz, Austria 


Studiolab is a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist’s studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a European network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design.

2012 RCA Design Interaction

Among this year's graduates at RCA Design Interaction are two graduates who worked with biological material:

Stefan Schwabe

The Kernels of Chimaera





Raphael Kim

Rotifer Farm


Research society awards the artwork of Anna Dumitriu

Anna Dumitriu is the winner of the Society for Applied Microbiology Communications Award 2012 in the "Professional Communicator" category. Anna is an artist and has used microbiology extensively in much of her work, creating exhibtis such as the 'Normal Flora' project.

Note that the Research Society brands her Artwork as "Communication".

Symposium: Ethics and the Arts, June 28th 2012

From June 26th till June 29th 2012 Erasmus MC Rotterdam will host the 11th conference of the International Association of Bioethics:

THINKING AHEAD, Bioethics and the Future, and the Future of Bioethics. This conference will discuss key issues relevant for the future, including future technologies in health care, ethics and research in developing countries, synthetic biology, enhancement, life-prolonging strategies, environmental issues, the moral responsibility for future generations, food and ethics, and public health.

Symposium 45 will be about the Arts and Bioethics (Bio-Art):

Ethics and the Arts, June 28th 2012

Organising Group: Centre for Biomedical Ethics (CBmE), Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

Chair: Professor Paul Ulhas Macneill

Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Dean’s Office, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, Website:


‘Art and ethics’ has been given a prominent position in the last two World Congresses of Bioethics: in Riejka, Croatia in 2008 (where there was an art exhibition, a performance session, a feature film, and academic papers), and in Singapore in 2010 (where there were two ‘Art and ethics’ Symposia and academic papers). A discussion of these events has been has been published (Macneill P, Ferran B. Art and bioethics: shifts in understanding across genres. Journal of Bioethical Inquiry 2011; 8(1):71-85. Continuing work on this theme has led to the forthcoming publication of a book Ethics and the Arts (in 2013 with publisher Springer) which will be a collection of original essays on the theme of ethics and the arts. The proposed Symposium will take some of the themes from this book and relate them to the Congress theme and subthemes (as discussed below).


The Ethics and the Arts Symposium will explore a relationship between ethics and the arts from: the perspectives of the various arts and how they relate to ethics; and how an appreciation of ethics through the arts can inform bioethics. There has been continuing debate about the relationship between art and ethics through the history of philosophy. In recent times, with changes in media, a nexus between art and ethics has become more evident. Photos of victims of the holocaust, of a naked child running from a napalm attack, frame our thinking about the holocaust and the Vietnam war. Explorations in the arts of ethical issues (for example: movies on the theme of genetic manipulation) contribute significantly to public understanding. Furthermore, explorations in the arts (such as a documentary on the criminally insane, or artists manipulating living matter) have implications in thinking through ethics more broadly. The Symposium will take a few of these issues and explore them briefly, and from these particular contexts discuss broader ideas and theoretical considerations arising from ethics and the arts, before opening to discussion with the audience. The panel comprises three authors of chapters from the book and the discussion will focus on the following topics from the broad area of Ethics and the Arts.

Topics for discussion:

The arts and morality
Ethics, aesthetics and politics in documentary-making
Presence as ethics in theatre performance
Bio-art and bio-ethics
Implications for the future of bioethics

Relationship to the theme and subtheme of the Congress:

The Symposium relates directly to the theme of the Congress: and in particular to ‘the future of bioethics.’ The focus of this Symposium will be on the arts and ethics. However, the presentations will explore a number of ideas that challenge ‘mainstream bioethics’ and provide an alternative approach to conceptualising bioethics for the future. Some of these ideas are that:

- Ethics is an aesthetic practice

- Ethics has a performative aspect: understandings from the training of actors and theatrical performance can augment our understanding of ethics

- There is a ‘nexus’ between ethics and all the arts including photography, film, and literature: in that images from the arts are a part of the social context of bioethics

- New media will play an increasing role in the evolution of ethics and bioethics

- Bio-art and the exploration by artists of themes that are relevant to bioethics—such as technological augmentation of the body, and manipulation of life-forms—has an influence on how these issues are perceived

- Literature, film and documentaries (and all the arts) create both an affect and an effect that influences discussions of issues in bioethics. These media play a role in the conception of future technologies of health care, genetic manipulation, synthetic biology, and enhancement therapies (to name just a few issues) as well as influencing the tone, or emotional affect in the way in which these issues are experienced and understood.

This Symposium will challenge bioethics at both a substantive and a process level: by suggesting that the arts play a significant role in the framing of substantive fields; and (at a process level) by challenging bioethics to be more encompassing of the arts as a valid means for investigation and discovery.

Style of Interaction:

The Chairman for this Symposium was a previous Congress Organiser (Sydney 2004) and in that Congress and in subsequent Arts Symposia, he has championed an interactive style of symposia. This was true of the presentations in Rijeka—and in particular following the performances in the Performance Session and following the movie ‘Romulus My Father’—and it was true of the two Arts Symposia in Singapore. It is fully intended that the style of this Symposium will be interactive—both between the panelists and with the audience. The intention is for the presenters to communicate with each in advance of the Congress and be conversant with each other’s materials—and in a good position to address some of the more over-arching themes that come out of their particular arts focus.


Paul Macneill
Debora Diniz
Ingeborg Reichle