Open Wetlab

Open Wetlab @ Border Sessions

28-6-17 09:30 - 28-6-17 17:00
Lab, Grey Space Border Sessions, The Hague

Waag’s Open Wetlab presents three Do It Together Biology workshop sessions at Border Sessions in The Hague on June 28th: ‘Our secret CRISPR Desires’, ‘Do It Yourself Human Enhancement Clinic’ and ‘Aliens in Green’ with outstanding artists, hackers and designers, thinkers and scientists. You can learn, experience and create work in the lab together with the experiments in wet technology, DIY human enhancement and trans species communications.

Our secret CRISPR Desires 10.30 – 12.00
Join us to understand and make CRISPR-CAS 9 genetic edits and learn about the promises of this much debated and controversial technology that enables us to genetically change micro organisms, plants, animal, humans. You will also learn about your own moral views hidden desires when it comes to genetic beautification and hereditary art.
With Wieke Betten, Dr. Guenter Seyfried, Roland van Dierendonck, Lotte Pet, Pieter van Boheemen, Lucas Evers

Do It Yourself Human Enhancement Clinic 12.30 – 13.30
If Human Enhancement is a variety of technologies that mostly happen far from us, how can a DIY perspective make us create reciprocity: can we do human enhancement ourselves? Isabel Burr Raty will guide us through common and uncommon, traditional and high tech understanding of how we can decolonise our body with DIY medicine, DIY medical applications, DIY enhancement of our organs and parts.
With Isabel Burr Raty

Aliens in Green 14.00 – 18.00
Aliens in Green (AiG) is an investigative laboratory and tactical performance group that will introduce you – hands-on – in the lab to the toxic impact of endocrine disruption (of the hormone system) and the dominant understanding of who and what are defined as natural. A urine-hormone extraction experiment will enable you to experience results of hormones in other organisms, while AiG will facilitate a discussion about what it means to be alien in the light of (bio-chemical) xeno-forces at play, such as omnipresent plastics in every crack of our ecology.
With Mary Maggic, Špela Petrič, Ewen Chardonet

Open Wetlab at Border Sessions is part of the Do It Yourself Human Enhancement program of Waag, Athena Institute – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Arts & Genomics Centre – Leiden University, supported by NWO Kiem and Fund Creative Industries NL.


This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 709443.