• HYBRID MATTERs – open call for artwork productions in the Nordic countries

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015 admin

    HYBRID MATTERs is a two year Nordic network program which investigates the convergence of the physical and digital world into a hybrid ecology.

    HYBRID MATTERs is an interdisciplinary and integral program  consisting of artistic research, citizen art&science and artistic field work activities, the production of artworks, a touring exhibition, workshops and a final conference.

    HYBRID MATTERs will select two Nordic artists or artist groups who will receive each a production grant of EURO 10.000 to produce a work for the HYBRID MATTERs touring exhibition in 2016. The exhibitions will be at Kunsthall Grenland in Porsgrunn/NO (March 2016), Nikolaj Kunsthall in Copenhagen/DK (July 2016) and Forum Box in  Helsinki/FI (October 2016).


    Artists and artist groups from or based in the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aland.


    Friday 3rd of April 2015


    We are looking for proposals of new works which address and respond to convergent ecologies and examine the digital as a converging factor. We consider anything with a physical and digital aspect at the same time as hybrid matter and thus an actor in a hybrid ecology. For more information please visit http://hybridmatters.net

    Application process

    Apply via http://hybridmatters.net

    For questions please contact info@bioartsociety.fi

  • Synthetic Life – a lecture by researcher Martin Hanczyc 27 Novemberhttp://bioartsociety.fi/ml_stage 18:30h

    Posted on November 17th, 2014 eb

    The Finnish Society of Bioart cordially invites to a lecture by researcher Martin Hanczyc and a subsequent discussion with artists and scientists

    November 27th, 18:30h, The House of Science and Letters, room 404, Kirkkokatu 6, Kruunuhaka, Helsinki.

    The work of Martin Hanczyc is focused on understanding the fundamental principles of living and evolving systems through experimental science. To this end, he builds synthetic systems where dynamic life-like properties emerge in simple chemical experiments. He will present an experimental model of synthetic biology: chemically-active oil droplets. This system has the ability to sense, metabolize and the potential to evolve. Specifically, Martin will present how motile droplets may form the basis for intelligent and self-replicating materials.

    Martin Hanczyc is developing novel synthetic chemical systems based on the properties of living systems, in a quest to understand how life forms. These synthetic systems, or “protocells,” are model systems of primitive living cells and chemical examples of artificial life.

    Martin Hanczyc is Principal Investigator at the University of Trento, Italy. He was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and Chief Chemist at ProtoLife. Martin actively develops outreach for his research by giving several public lectures and collaborating with architects and artists in several exhibitions world wide including the Architecture Biennale in Venice Italy in 2010 to bring experiments out of the lab and into the public space. Martin gave an invited public lecture at TED, and his work was featured on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

    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. Other approaches are dealing with making novel life-forms from “scratch” like in the case of protocell research of Martin Hancyzk. 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.

    The lecture is part of Making_Life, 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.

  • Apply for the Ars Bioarctica residency 2015

    Posted on September 15th, 2014 eb

    Apply for the Ars Bioarctica residency 2015

    Since 2010 the Finnish Society of Bioart is organizing the ARS BIOARCTICA RESIDENCY PROGRAM together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in the sub-Arctic Lapland. The residency has an emphasis on the Arctic environment and art and science collaboration. It is is open for artists, scientists and art&science research teams.



  • 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), Nikolaj Kunsthal(DK).

    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
    nikolajkunsthal.dk – Elisabeth Delin Hansen and Andreas Broegger

    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 Helsinkihttp://bioartsociety.fi/ml_stage 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 Mayhttp://bioartsociety.fi/ml_stage 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.