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Nature Animée #2

Exhibition Nature Animée #2

19th - 24th April 2017

Opening Wednesday 19th of April . 19.00

Opening speech . Ingeborg Reichle
Cooking performance . Maya Minder

Galerie Peithner-Lichtenfels Sonnenfelsgasse 6 . 1010 Wien

Günter Seyfried / Roland van Dierendonck /
Hansjörg Petschko / Federico Muffatto
Kristin Weissenberger
Moya Hoke
Sonja Bäumel
Uwe Sleytr

The second exhibition from the series Nature Animée, by the collective pavillon_35, investigates the microbiom, fermentation and materialisation, digital and evolutionary aspects of synthetic biology and their accessibility. pavillon_35 creates an interdisciplinary exchange between art, design and the life-sciences. Nature Animée #2 activates art and design to translate abstract scientific assertions into a tangible shared experience.

Workshops Friday 21st of April 2017 . 10.00 - 23.00

Do It Together biology experiments with hackteria, [kat]alab . MIT Media Lab . Open Science and pavillon_35

Alexandra Schebesta
Brigitte Gschmeidler
Caroline Hammoutene
Doris Roth
Elena Kinz
Isabella Hübscher
Jasmina Metzke
Marc Dusseiller
Mary Maggic
Maya Minder
Susanne Edlinger
Tobias Klein
Urs Gaudenz
Vanessa Lorenzo

Talks Saturday 22. April 2017 . 11.00 - 22.00

11.00     Caroline Hammoutene / Doris Roth . [kat]alab
12.00     Andreas Stürmer .
13.00     Bethan Wolfenden .

14.00     Pause

14.30     Alexander Murer .
15.30     Rüdiger Trojok .
16.30     Markus Schmidt .

17.30     Pause

18.30     Jasjote Grewal . Centre for Ethics and Law in the Life Sciences
19.30     Ingeborg Reichle . University of  Applied Arts Vienna
20.30    Assimina Kaniari . Athens School of Fine Arts


opening hours:

Thu  20.4.2017    11.00 - 21.00
Fri    21.4.2017     10.00 - 23.00
Sat   22.4.2017     11.00 - 22.00
Sun  23.4.2017     14.00 - 21.00
Mon 24.4.2017    10.00 - 19.00


Herzlichen Dank an

Christoph Miksch
Georg Peithner-Lichtenfels
Leo Peschta
Michael Hammer
Niki Passath
Pieter van Boheemen




With friendly support of



Bundeskanzleramt Österreich
European Union
Open Science

Yeastograms @ Vienna Design Week

The exhibition Possible Tomorrows, curated by Biofaction, a program partner of the Vienna Design Week, shows a selection of technical and experimental design applications, which abstract from biotechnology and synthetic biology. The participants of the group exhibition are Carole Colett, bioMASON, Orkan Telhan & Taylor Caputo, Simon Park & Victoria Geaney, Maurizio Montalti, Kristin Weissenberger & Günter Seyfried.












Exhibition View at the Vienna Design Week . Festival Zentrale



Biolace . Carole Collet


img_5506 . Orkan Telhan & Taylor Caputo



bioMASON . built with nature



The Growing Lab – Mycelia . Maurizio Montalti



Oscillatoria Sutured . Dr Simon Park & Victoria Geaney




Yeastograms . Kristin Weissenberger & Günter Seyfried








Thanks to

Birgit Schmidt
Markus Schmidt
Sandra Youssef

Microbial Cellulose Fabric 1.0

First experiments showed that it is possible to use different kinds of nutrients for a Kombucha medium such as kitchen scraps like potato peels or used coffee grounds and many more. More tests will show the different characteristics (qualities) different compounds will yield. Experiments also include composite materials.








Yeastograms @ Waag

pavillon_35 was invited to produce the certificates of the first BioHack Academy issued by the Waag Society in Amsterdam and their partners in Barcelona, Rome and Sao Paolo. The Yeastogram certificates were presented at the graduation show on April 21st 2015.





























Yeastogram demo for AT5




















*pictures of the graduation show courtesy of the Waag Society

Yeastogram Workshop @ HeK

On Saturday 22th and Sunday the 23rd of November 2014 pavillon_35 held their Yeastogram workshop at the opening weekend of the HeK - Haus der elektronischen Künste in Basel, Switzerland. Some of the results can be here. A photo documentation by Shusha Nierderberger can be found here.























all pictures courtesy of Shusha Niederberger

DIYBio Europe and Biocommons Conference report

DIYBio Europe and Biocommons Conference in Vienna 25th to 27th of October 2014

With the help of Synenergene and Biofaction (Bio-fiction) it was possible to hold a conference within the DIYBio Europe network and to pick up topics from the last Biocommons conference at Camp Pixelache 2014, organising a follow-up.

The first informal meeting on 25th October took place at 10 am in the cafeteria of Vienna’s Museum of Natural History. Due to bad acoustics, the meeting moved to a nearby Kaffeehaus, where the conference agenda was discussed in preparation for the conference the next morning.

On 26th October at 10 am the conference started at the Angewandte Innovation Lab, which is part of the University of Applied Arts in Vienna. Pieter van Boheemen from the Waag Society (Netherlands) kicked off the talks giving a complete overview of the Biostrike project and progress so far. Pieter mapped the complex difficulties of the antimicrobial resistance problem - from healthcare to agriculture, and the organisational difficulties in undertaking efficient measures - from finding, studying and classifying potent antibiotics to the development of safe applications. Two major obstacles in the organisation of Biostrike and other citizen science projects are the juridicial implications - from copyright and patent issues to biotechnology regulations affairs, and data and knowledge management.

The following talk by Rüdiger Trojok brought two technological solutions into the discussion, concerning the storage and distribution of information (findings, field data), the communication (exchange) with and the connection to other entities working on the antibiotics issue (e.g Pharma companies, academic and private funded research institutions, clinics, foreign aid NGOs). A Github application is online, in the development and testing phase. The currently desired lack of a formal/legal structure of the DIYBio network in Europe requires a decentralized way of data-management, independent from the goodwill of public or private organizations (e.g. IT costs, control over the data) of thus keeping political equality in a fragmented and maybe asymmetric network of DIYBio enthusiasts.

One conclusion from the Biostrike talks and discussions is, that in order to increase civic involvement in more complex problems with biotechnological qualities it is necessary to develop legal and political instruments for the promotion and protection of discoveries, findings and developments produced in a citizen science context. This is fundamental to the understanding of Biocommons. In discussions with legal experts, it was possible to learn juridicial mechanics, on the back of national and EU regulations and laws and on the background of a globalized economy, with it's agreements and obligations, identifying practicable steps to be taken by independent science (on an individual, or small group level).  Further efforts are required to strengthen a mutual understanding and make progress in open source biotechnology.

The next talk was presented by Eugenio Battaglia on the Italian school initiative “La Buona Scuola”, where it is planned to “upgrade” schools with Hacker- and Biohackerspace-like structures to get more kids involved with the “future technologies” (e.g electronics, biotechnology) on the horizon. This can also be regarded as a success of the approach articulated by civic science movements like hackerspaces and open wetlabs around the world. Eugenio Battaglia also pointed out, that there are possible oscillation points between “La Buona Scuola” and Biostrike, which are being worked out at the moment.

After the Biostrike related talks three different workshops started discussing the legal, educational and technical/organizational aspects of Biostrike and interdependently Biocommons.

The workshop on legal aspects focussed on the understanding of Biocommons under aspects, like privacy and image rights, competition laws and regulations, fundamental rights, ethics and biosafety concerns, not touching much on IP (intellectual property) rights.

In the analysis of the existing licenses, which seem to fail, especially for the purpose of Biocommons, the question came up, if it is really necessary to obtain a patent or a Material Transfer Agreement (MTA)? Open licenses, cannot be regarded as an easy solution, as they combine MTA and IP contracts, which is more interesting for companies of a certain size.

A promising way to go is to concentrate on the aspect “new”, which is important in patent law. For instance an easy way to prevent a legal body from unjustly obtaining property rights is publishing. There are several innovative publishing methods to explore, like journals using ISBN, non-patent literature, archives and databases.

A conclusion of this workshop is that patents are not easy to use for inventors and that there are two options:

Firstly, thinking biohackers don’t need to create any property rights in this field at all and prioritise defensive publishing or copyleft measures. It will be hard to generate money for the inventor in this scenario. Secondly, creating a new form of right that is more user-friendly, e.g. biotechnology copyright.

As a result of the workshop a preferable scenario includes, MTA as an autonomous identity, no new legal rights resembling patents, but legal rights protecting inventions from exploitation, enforced by the state, thus becoming a “social norm”. Another inference drawn is that a suboptimal solution is better than no solution and therefore, identify the best starting point knowing that it will evolve. Create open access through defensive publishing.

The main objectives for educational measures (kits) as part of Biostrike have been identified as generating public awareness of and facilitating public participation in confronting the antibiotic crisis. Depending on the different competences and functions/missions different kits can be applied, whether used in the context of open wetlabs, universities, schools, policy making or other public spheres.

A possible structure includes:

An online platform with information on Biostrike including a collection or aggregation of working materials and the possibility to connect and contribute.

A physical kit, supplying materials, protocols and safety guidelines to cultivate microorganisms with the aim of finding antibiotics, by collecting, identifying (selective medium use and PCR/sequencing) and analyzing microorganisms and their antibiotic capabilities.

Educational materials to provide teaching help for the different educational formats.

To build up such a structure many different aspects must be considered, like funding (public or private) of the development, production and distribution of the kits, which will need a budget or business plan, and how to facilitate public understanding and mitigate false assumptions and paranoia. Legal and safety aspects are involved, too. Additional positive outcomes are expected from gamification.

The third workshop focussed on a internet based knowledge management using Github as an environment to aggregate and collectively work on findings, protocols and providing access and open Biostrike to public participation. A lot of work has to be put in the user interface to ensure greater accessibility.

Two presentations rounded off the first conference day: Raphael Kim from the London Biohackspace and Thomas Landrain from La Paillasse.

Raphael Kim encouraged DIYBio to be more daring by extending the horizon on what biohacking can do in the long term, suggesting two strategic positions:

Microbes as agents of politics and Biohacking as tool for speculation.

Giving examples of his work, Raphael Kim showed how the combination of speculative design and biohacking can be used as a thinking tool or method, with the potential to influence important social interactions.

Thomas Landrain reported on the latest developments at La Paillasse in Paris, which can be regarded as an astonishing transformation, from a small biohackerspace to a bioeconomy incubator, radiating a big sign of confidence in the future prospects of DIYBio.

On 27th of October at 11 am the conference continued with a presentation by María Boto Ordóñez on recent activities at the Waag in Amsterdam, which is impressively intensifying its citizen science activities.

Jaden Hastings introduced her works, which combine artistic and scientific qualities, questioning the construction of the self through technological representations.

The talks continued with Quitterie Largeteau and Aurélien Dailly, based at La Paillasse in Paris, showing their Biohacking Safari project, a photographic chronicle/worldmap of biohackers, visiting all the DIYBio communities starting in North America.

Bethan Wolfenden, presented the bento.lab, a powerful personal biotechnology tool of compact design with a PCR, a centrifuge and gel electrophoresis. The presentation showed the evolution of the Darwin Toolbox into bento.lab and also the first tests in the field at festivals and maker fairs.

Andreas Stürmer stimulated the discussion with the presentation of his Bee-O-Tex Technologies, to genetically engineer bees making them resistant to every single disease. Using the biological process of RNA interference, a reverse complementary fragment, which matches part of the virus' gene, is inserted into the bee's genome, thus producing RNA that binds to the viral RNA, which is then detected as an RNA hybrid and destroyed.

One of the founders of “OLGA”, the Open BioLab Graz Austria, Alexander Murer, introduced the KiloBaser, a remarkable start-up company developing rapid DNA prototyping, which has already caught the attention of the highest echelons of Synthetic Biology.

Malthe Borch, one of the founders of Biologigaragen, closed the conference showing the latest activities of Biologigaragen at the Kopenlab citizen science festival and the Medical Museion in Kopenhagen. His slides can be found here.

Many thanks to

AIL Angewandte Innovation Lab

Gerald Bast
Barbara Chlopcik
Christopher Coenen
Lucas Evers
Alexandra Graupner
Stephan Gruber
Jens Hauser
Thomas Margoni
María Boto Ordóñez
Markus Schmidt
Carolyn Thompson
Sandra Youssef



photo by daily laurel

















Yeastograms @ Biofiction 2014

Yeastogram demo shown at the Bio-fiction festival between the 23rd and 25th of November 2014 at the Museum of Natural History Vienna.









DIYBio Europe and Biocommons Conference

pavillon_35 together with Biofaction will host the next DIYBio Europe meetup in Vienna around the Bio-fiction Science Art and Film Festival which will take place between the 23th and 25th of October 2014 in the Museum of Natural History in Vienna. The the DIYBio-EU conference will take place on the 26th and 27th of October 2014.

Bio-fiction will explore the emerging field of synthetic biology from different disciplinary angles including science and engineering, social science, cultural studies, amateur biology, film makers, artists and designers. We will have presentations, panel discussions, do-it-yourself biology demos, performances, art work and of course film screenings. It is going to be a lively and fun couple of days here! For more infos on the festival please see:

Start on Saturday 25.10.2014 at 11.00 in the cafeteria of the NHM (where the Bio-fiction festival takes place ) there will be an additional chance to discuss certain aspects of Biostrike with Nadine Bongaerts in the Hello Tomorrow Workshop.

In the afternoon, also at the Bio-fiction festival in the NHM, there will be the Homo reciprocans: bio-commons and intellectual property talks, where Rüdiger Trojok will give a presentation of the whitepaper and the results of the last Biocommons conference.

Sunday 26.10.2014

at AIL

10.00   Introduction Biostrike project ( )
Pieter van Boheemen

11.00   Report on progress Rüdiger Trojok
Report on kits already available
Report on the blockchain technologies

12.30 - 13.00   Pause

13.00   'Biohack the Economy' Raphael Kim presentation13.30   Discussion Biostrike

14.00   Workshop Biostrike
setting up a research program discussing technologies and structures
knowledge generation - what do we search and how - protocols for monitoring antibiotics
resistance spread and protocols to find    new antimicrobials
knowledge handling - software solutions to collect, analyze
and organize scientific data, legal matters, organizational matters

17.00   'BioStrike: leveraging distributed research governance to create a long-term value
supply chain of pharmaceutical drugs'  Eugenio Battaglia

18.00   'La paillasse' Thomas Landrain

19.00   Workshop licenses
formulate the structure of the different licenses and what they should do

Monday 27.10.2014

at AIL

11.00    María Boto Ordóñez
12.00   'The Subjugation of Nature' / 'The Point of Departure' Jayden Hastings presentation
13.00   'Beeotex' Andreas Stürmer presentation
14.00   'Kilobaser' Alexander Murer presentation
15.00   'bento.lab' Bethan Wolfenden presentation
16.00   'Biological design and experiences from a diybio workshop at a
sociology conference' Malthe Borch presentation
17.00 Georg Tremmel

18.00 - 18.30   Pause

18.30   Discussion webpage relaunch


DIYBio @ LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse

DIYBio @ LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse

Brishty Alam

2014 . Yeast print, photo-documentation of poster, reference, site map


Brishty Alam. 2014. DIYBio@LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse. Yeast print

Brishty Alam. 2014. DIYBio@LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse. Documentation of poster.

Brishty Alam. 2014. DIYBio@LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse. Documentation of poster.

Brishty Alam. 2014. DIYBio@LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse. Documentation of poster.

Brishty Alam. 2014. DIYBio@LifeScience Vienna Muthgasse. Site map.

1. Tech Model Railroad Club. The hacker ethic. Unpublished (1959).
Published in Levy, S. Hackers: Heroes of the computer revolution1, 27-38 (2010)

DIYBio; a.k.a., biohackers; a.k.a., citizen scientists.
The site; a new biotechnology research complex under-construction on the outskirts of Vienna. Extending out from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, it is a private-public space shared by academia and industry. The work can be read from the facing unit of the complex, and stands where the last building is planned for construction.

Yeast print developed in collaboration with Pavillon35


Exhibited at:

UNTER STROM.  21st - 30th March 2014. Atelierhaus der Akademie der bildenden Künste Wien, Lehárgasse 8, 1060 Wien, EG Nord 

ZWISCHENSPIEL – UNTER STROM. 25th June - 19th September 2014. Vertikale Galerie, VERBUND-Zentrale, Am Hof 6a, 1010 Wien 



The Phage λ Simulacrum @ Alma Gallery

20. 06. – 15. 08. 2014


Gints Gabrāns (Riga)

Sonja Bäumel (Vienna, Amsterdam)

Pavillon_35 and the Institute for Polycinease (Vienna) -
Clemens Grabher, Niki Passath, Hansjörg Petschko,
Günter Seyfried, Kristin Weissenberger

"The exhibition presents three projects, which in different ways engage with life sciences. The projects are created in collaboration with scientists, wherein the artists have worked with tools, materials and methods of scientific research instead of media traditionally associated with the artistic practice. The artists work in the field in between art and scientific research with the focus on molecular and human biology."  read more here, here, and here.

curated by Lizete Riņķe and Elīna Sproģe

Best thanks to:

Gerald Bast
Astrīda Riņķe
Lizete Riņķe
Anja Seipenbusch
Elīna Sproģe

Also see the article by Lizete Riņķe here

See The Phage λ Simulacrum @ Viennafair 2013 here





























Biocommons @ Camp Pixelache 2014

6th - 8 th of June 2014 - Biocommons conference @  Camp Pixelache 2014  on the island of Vartiosaari, Helsinki. Exploring the thematic of the Bio-Commons, members of DIYBio Europe and beyond gathered for a workshop. See the first results in form of a whitepaper here , if you want to contribute click here.

Read more here, here and here












pictures courtesy of  Erich Berger

Glow your own @ DIY Bio Lounge Berlin


In January 2014 we packed our gear and took part in the DIY Bio Lounge in the ArtLaboratoryBerlin hosted by Rüdiger Trojok. While exchanging our experience with Vibrio Fischerii we also heard interesting talks about open source antibiotics and discussed how an open drug discovery process could look like. In a fascinating dark room installation we admired fluorescent bacteria that the Berlin biohackers extracted directly from fresh squid and fish.


The group from Open Biolab Graz presented their awesome OpenSource Bioreactor.


The DIY Bio Lounge attracted curious people of all ages.


Of course the highlight of the day were the molecular cocktails served in the end.




Yeastogram Workshop @ Pixelache and the Finnish Society of Bioart

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 00540 Helsinki

For registration send an email to 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.

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.

Finnish Bioart Society



recipe #1 – Yeastograms

We publish the techniques and methods, which we are developing in our lab, in the recipe section. In our first edition we describe a method for yeastograms. Feel free to contact us here, if you have further questions regarding our recipe or if you want to send us your results, which we would like to publish on our tumblr blog.

recipe #1 - Yeastograms [pdf]

Enjoy the example pictures of our yeastogram R&D sessions below. Also see how this method is used artistically in the work ANIMA by Lukas Czjzek.











The Phage λ Simulacrum @ Viennafair 2013

The Phage λ Simulacrum

Clemens Grabher . Клеменс Грабнер
Niki Passath . Ники Пассат
Hansjörg Petschko . Хансйорг Печко
Günter Seyfried . Гюнтер Зайфрид
Kristin Weissenberger . Кристин Вайссенбергер


Ein Projekt der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien, dem Pavillon 35 Biokunst Club und dem Institut für Polycinease

Dass weder die Wissenschaft noch die Kunst die Welt je vollständig erklären werden können, ist beiden ebenso gemeinsam, wie die irratio-nal leidenschaftliche Weigerung, dies zu akzeptieren. Nur das Erlebnis des Scheiterns an diesem Bestreben war und ist vielleicht für manche Wissenschafter, die der Illusion der Rationalität der Wahrheit erlegen sind, schwerer zu ertragen, als Künstlern, die mit Walter Benjamin die Kunst selbstbewusst als „Magie, befreit von der Lüge, Wahrheit zu sein“ sehen können.

That neither science nor art will ever be able to completely explain the world is something that both have in common, just as they both share an irrationally passionate refusal to acknowledge this. It was and is, perhaps, merely harder for some scientists, who have succumbed to the illusion of rationality and truth, to endure the experience of failing to achieve this endeavor than for artists, who with Walter Benjamin are able to see art self-confidently as “magic, freed of the lie of being truth”.

Gerald Bast . Rektor der Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien

Bei The Phage λ Simulacrum werden drei digitale Bilddateien mit einem speziellen Verfahren in DNA-Moleküle transkodiert und synthetisiert. Mit Hilfe des modifizierten Rekombinationssystems des Virus Bakteriophage Lambda (Phage λ) werden die in DNA-Moleküle umgewandelten Piktogramme in E. Coli-Bakterien neu zusammengesetzt. Bei dieser Bioreaktion entsteht eine neue Information, die wieder extrahiert, ausgelesen und in digitale Bilddateien rückübersetzt wird. In der Übersetzung und Darstellung werden Wahrnehmungsfelder jenseits des wissenschaftlichen Diskurses erreicht, da die Grammatik dieser Bilder nicht primär rational und ökonomisch zu sein hat. Dieser Prozess wird in einer interaktiven Installation präsentiert und für die BetrachterInnen ästhetisch erfahrbar gemacht.

The Phage λ Simulacrum project transcodes three digital image files into synthesized DNA molecules using a special procedure. These DNA molecules are re-composed inside E. coli bacteria with the help of the bacteriophage lambda virus’ (Phage λ) modified recombination system. After the bio-reaction the new information is extracted, sequenced and translated into digital image files again. The translation and depiction will reach fields of perception beyond the scientific discourse as their grammar does not need to be primarily rational and economic. This process is presented in an interactive installation, thus making it aesthetically perceptible for the viewer.

В проекте The Phage λ Simulacrum три графических файла в цифровом виде транскодируются и синтезируются с помощью специального метода в молекулы ДНК. Благодаря модифицированной системе рекомбинации вируса Bakteriophage Lambda (Phage λ) пиктограммы, преобразованные в ДНК – молекулы, составляются в бактерии E. Coli. Новая информация, возникшая в ходе этой биореакции, вновь экстрагируется, сортируется и переводится в графические файлы в цифровом виде. Этот процесс показан в интерактивной инсталляции и подан наблюдателям эстетически узнаваемо. В переводе и в изображении достигаются поля восприятия по ту сторону научного обсуждения, так как их грамматика не должна быть в первую очередь рациональной и экономичной.

Herzlichen Dank an:

Gerald Bast
Elisabeth Falkensteiner
Jürgen Grief
Alla Kunchukina
Sieghard Morherr
Martin Novak
Markus Schmidt
Ruth Schnell
Thomas Schwärzler
Anja Seipenbusch
Uwe Sleytr
Darren Tan
Carolyn Thompson