science-based art

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
















Nature Animée Exhibition View

5.3. - 8.3.  2013  Exhibition Nature Animée [pdf]

Heiligenkreuzerhof Sala Terrena - Stiege 7 Schönlaterngasse 5 1010 Wien

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

Günter Seyfried, Niki Passath

Sarah Duit

Kristin Weissenberger

Universität für angewandte Kunst Wien
Open Science - Lebenswissenschaften im Dialog
FH Campus Wien Molekulare Biotechnologie
Bundesministerium für Wissenschaft und Forschung

Many Thanks to:
Gerald Bast
Ruth Koblizek
Werkstadt Meidling
IES Immobilien
Morherr Technologie

Sue Sellinger

Exhibition View


Exhibition View


Exhibition View


Exhibition View


Exhibition View




Exhibition View


Turning the inside out

Tatjana Hirschmugl - Turning the inside out


Turning the inside out

Tatjana Hirschmugl - Turning the inside out



Silvia Hüttner - Götterspeise



Sarah Rechberger - A-Symbiose


Revenge of Bison

Michal Marencik - Revenge of Bison


lo inútil

Daniela Brill - lo inútil



Simon Goritschnig - AGREEMENT



Simon Goritschnig - AGREEMENT





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


Charlotte Jarvis

Charlotte Jarvis


Marie-Theres Hauser

Marie-Theres Hauser