do it together bio

Biotechnology is much talked about, but unknown in society, while it has a big impact on man and ecology. Do It Together Bio contributes to the demystification and democratization of biotechnology, and it demonstrates that biotech is a new field for the creative industry.

 

A new week, a new episode of #OPENBIOTECH! In this one I’m showing you how to get in jail as a biohacker. Yep, that’s right.

 

Xandra van der Eijk had twee maanden geleden nog nooit met een microscoop gewerkt en noemt zichzelf inmiddels al een ‘biologie pro’. In een korte periode heeft zij een indrukwekkend project ontwikkeld: Genesis, waarin ze micro-organismen en hun pigmentveranderingen onderzoekt. Het is nu zelfs onderdeel van de tentoonstelling Fluid Matter.

 

Al vier jaar komt de groeiende Dutch Do It Yourself Biology (DIY Bio) community samen in het Open Wetlab van Waag.

 

Tuesday the 22nd of March and Thursday the 24th, a two-evening workshop about genetic modification was organised by artist in resident Špela Petrič, head of the Open Wetlab Pieter van Boheemen and the Waag’s safety officer Per Staugaard.

 

A smooth flight from Amsterdam (during which clear skies enabled me to gaze at the frozen Canadian tundra for hours) took Chloé Rutzerveld and I to sunny Austin. We came to Austin to present our Open Wetlab and its activities at the SXSW Trade Show. An Open Wetlab at the Trade Show seemed like a strange combination (as we have no conventional trade), but this provided all the more conversation with the passing audience.

 

Het gecrowdfunde HIV-vaccin is al met succes op muizen getest en tests op mensen zullen snel plaatsvinden.

 

Currently, Claudia Marginean from Romania is working on the 'Mystery Meat' experiment, which we hope to turn into a workshop in the Autumn. She is looking at meat samples to identify exactly what kind of meat is in them. Can you trust the ingredients listed on your sandwich packaging... or are you on the verge of uncovering another horsemeat scandal?

 

16-08-2014

Vaghurt

Alice Vandeleur-Boorer and Tereza Valentova experimented in our Open Wetlab for three weeks. They were looking for a method to make cheese with their own bacteria.

 

11-07-2014

Wat is DIY Bio?

Wat met Do-It-Yourself Bio (DIY Bio) wordt bedoeld is niet altijd duidelijk. Toen de COGEM (wetenschappelijk adviesorgaan dat de overheid adviseert betreffende de risico's van genetische modificatie voor mens en milieu) vroeg om een rapport over DIY Bio in Nederland te schrijven stonden wij dus voor de uitdaging om een definitie te bepalen.

 

How do biological entities and digital algorithms relate to each other? How could the study of such interaction be visualised? And what would be the applications and the implications which could derive from such study? Which disciplines could be affected?

 

This year's digital art forum Re-New in Copenhagen featured several exciting works of video, sound and interaction art. Although biotechnology is not often regarded as a medium, a number of biotechnological performances and installations effectively bridged this gap.

 

On Friday, the 2nd of August, we participated at OHM 2013 (Observe Hack Make 2013), with two different workshops. The challenge was not only to successfully present the workshops, but to intrigue participants from all around the world to observe, hack, make with us and interact with each other.

 

Je eigen genen testen, gewassen veredelen, biokunst maken of energie opwekken met bacteriën - Waag heeft een laboratorium geopend voor creatieve experimenten en het grote publiek in Amsterdam.

 

The challenge of the 6th Do It Together Bio meetup can be summarized in one simple question: Can molecular genetics and biology be done on a computer? Our way of finding out was be giving it a try. So on Friday May 24 dozens of gathered in the Theatrum Anatomicum, armed with laptops, ready to reprogram cells, assembly synthetic DNA, sketch metabolic pathways and simulate cellular behavior.

 

On Wednesday, April 27th it was time for the 5th edition of Do it Together Bio. The event was led by Laura Cinti and Howard Boland who are co-founders of the C-Lab collective and also winners of the latest Designers & Artists 4 Genomics Award. It was a diverse event that included theory, practice, experimentation and discussion around bio-art, synthetic biology, magnetic bacteria and genetic modification regulation and lab safety.

 

In Do it Together Bio #4 op 3 april werkten we met Vibrio Ficheri, bacteriën die licht geven, maakten 3D-prints met levend materiaal en bouwden we een bioprinter.

 

What does your urine say about you? More than a workshop that tries to do what science does better, Do It Together Bio is a series of workshops that stand for experiencing by making.

 

Vrijdag 17 november zochten we eindelijk uit of de Open PCR die we eerder in elkaar hebben gezet ook werkelijke dienst zou doen. Er is weer een bijeenkomst van DIY biologen, kunstenaars en geïnteresseerden in het Waag gebouw waar zich ook het Fablab van Amsterdam bevindt.

 

Op vrijdag 25 mei 2012 vond de vierde DIY Bio in de Waag plaats. Na drie succesvolle en goed bezochte afleveringen die behoorlijk wat pers trokken, was dit er een aflevering waar behalve gepraat eindelijk ook gewerkt werd.