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Written by Michela Pilo   
Apr 28, 2006 at 12:20 PM

A Series of Hands-On How-To Workshops on Biotech Art and Wet Lab Procedures.

Tickets: $25
A Series of Hands-On How-To Workshops on Biotech Art and Wet Lab Procedures.
When: Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 + 8; 10 AM – 5 PM
Where: Garage Building near Parkside Hall, 180 W San Carlos St., San Jose
Presented by: Beatriz da Costa and Tau-Mu Yi with Christopher Kim/UC Irvine; Oron Catts/Univ. of Western Australia; Paul Vanouse/SUNY Buffalo; and Natalie Jeremijenko/UC San Diego

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Over the past 20 years, biotechnology has revolutionized the pharmaceutical industry, the agricultural industry and the field of animal and human medicine. As such, its impacts on human life are tremendous and biotechnology implementations direct areas such food production and consumption, global trade agreements, human and animal reproduction, environmental concerns as well as biosecurity and biodefense.

The Human Genome Project, as well as other International Genome Initiatives, stimulated the merging of computational research with areas of the life sciences. Simultaneously, a number of artists originating in the field of new media art have shifted their attention from experimenting, hacking and reverse engineering digital code and electronics to similar explorations using micro-organisms and molecular biology. Similar developments also took place amongst artists, designers and other interested individuals originating outside the field of emergent technology art (including biologists bioengineers becoming interested in the usage of living materials within social and artistic contexts). As an emerging media form, many of the issues are similar: How do we re-imagine cultural production with wetware as a medium and explore its full tactical and signifying potential? However, many of the wetlab procedures needed in order to conduct this type of work remain opaque and abstract to the general public and artists who don’t have access to life science research facilities and expertise. “Wetware Hackers” is a series of hands-on workshops open to ISEA attendees taught by practitioners in the field. Workshops will be conducted in moderately equipped facilities and are designed for motivated non-experts. Rather than promoting only well-established techniques, “Wetware Hackers” encourages modification and play with respect to wetware projects.

A Two-Day Workshop divided into Four Sections

Monday, Aug. 7
10am-1pm: Construct and test a yeast based Pollution Sensor. (da Costa, Yi, Kim)
1pm-2pm: lunch break
2pm-5pm: Tissue engineering workshop for artists. (Catts, Ross)

Tuesday, Aug. 8
10am-1pm: DNA separation, visualization and interpretation. (Vanouse)
1pm-2pm: lunch break
2pm-5pm: Cloning Tree Bicycle Tour (Jeremijenko)



Beatriz da Costa (convener) & Tau-Mu Yi with Christopher Kim
Paul Vanouse (convener)
Oron Catts
Natalie Jeremijenko


WetWare Hackers Workshop site
Last Updated ( Aug 05, 2006 at 09:43 PM )