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.
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.
With great joy we announce that our project HYBRID MATTERs was chosen for the The Nordic Culture Event of the Year – DIGITAL 2015-2015.
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 ?
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.
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.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 MaiSpecify the agenda for the workshop by commenting on this piratepad:For content questions / contributions please contactRüdiger Trojok email@example.comTravel 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 firstname.lastname@example.org . 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.
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.
Call for workshop participants:
“Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]: An investigation of radioactivity in the context of art, physics and activism” originating from the Case Pyhäjoki project.
When/Where: 2nd-5th of June 2014, Kaupunkiverstas, Helsinki, Finland
Guides: Erich Berger and Martin Howse
Guests: Mari Keski Korsu, Andrew Paterson, and others
Application deadline: send your application including CV and motivation until 15.5.2014 to email@example.com
Participation fee for coffee and radiation detector: 20€
The Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop allows the uninitiated to easily enter into a physical and intuitive relation to nuclear and atomic processes, following simple hands-on experimentation, construction and research. This relation promotes an understanding of the complex issues surrounding contemporary uses of nuclear and atomic technologies, which could inform and help to formulate an artistic “response”.
As part of the Case Pyhäjoki project in 2013, Berger and Howse designed a minimal, low budget geiger radiation detector which is fast and simple to build. The detector serves as an introduction for the workshop participants to start a relationship with the complex political, economic and artistic positions orbiting the phenomena of nuclear decay.
During the Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop participants will be guided through their own construction of the radiation detector device, and will extend this with further investigations, experiments, lectures, discussion, screenings, presentations and field trips.
2.6. 18h: Presentation “Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence” with Mari Keski Korsu and guests.
3-5.6. 10-18h: Building of radiation detector, experiments and investigations, presentations, screenings and field trips.
About Erich Berger and Martin Howse
Erich Berger is an artist and cultural worker based in Helsinki/ Finland. His interests lie in information processes and feedback structures, which he investigates through installations, situations,performances and interfaces. His current explorations of deep time and hybrid ecology led him to work with radiogenic phenomena.
Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works and texts, Martin Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world.
The workshop is generously funded by the Finnish Arts Promotion Centre