(sorry for x-posting, please forward to those interested)
This coming Thursday September 12, at 20.00, we have the pleasure of inviting you to join us for a lecture presentation by Symbiotica researcher Guy Ben-Ary and his work on the project CellF. CellF is an installation containing a synthesizer made of the cultured human neuron cells. CellF will be shown at Today’s Art Festival 2018 the week after and Guy will talk about the work on the cell cultures he did in the lab at the academic hospital in Leiden as he was not able to bring living cells from Australia where he is based other then those his own body is made of. Apart from CellF he will also talk about and show his new work on cardiac muscle cells.
Originally the event was meant to be a hands-on activity with the public but due to needed safety arrangements and permits we decided to cancel this. In addition to Guy Ben-Ary's lecture, Prof. Dr. Eric Danen, in whose lab at the Academic Medical Centre of Leiden Ben-Ary currently works, will present his work on 2D and 3d tissue modelling to understand cancer metastasis and therapy resistance. In addition we have conversation about the work and its artistic context with Today’s Art Festival director Olof van Winden and Waag’s Bio Safety Officer Per Staugaard. Moderation Lucas Evers, Waag.
More on Guy’s work and how to make a reservation for the event can be found here:
We look forward to welcoming you Thursday at 20.00 at Waag, Nieuwmarkt 4, Amsterdam
On behalf of Waag and Today’s Art Festival The Hague, all my best,
For all of you in Amsterdam coming Thursday 30th of August I invite you to come to Waag to the opening at 20.00 of a short exhibition with works of three great artists Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie: Art Enlightening Immunology.
For that occasion Nina Czegledy on behalf of the Leonardo Network will be in Amsterdam to open the exhibition and toast on the 50th aniversary of Leonardo and all the people involved that make so much interactions between the arts adn sciences possible.
Please find more information here:
Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie present art works that they developed as part of the Enlight-Ten research consortium.
ENLIGHT-TEN is an EU funded project that provides cross-disciplinary training in immunology and big data analysis. The twelve ENLIGHT-TEN PhD students investigate the function of regulatory T cells, specific white blood cells that have an important role e.g. in avoiding autoimmune diseases. ENLIGHT-TEN has invited three artists with a long-standing practice of working with scientific knowledge and artefacts to produce immunology inspired art works.
Often their works are produced in laboratories, be it of scientific research groups or of their own. De Menezes work for this exhibition involves working with T cells themselves; Herwig Turk’s work is again a reflection on the immortality of nature through the understanding of the 'unmortality' of DNA and a simultaneous analysis of the immune system as biological defence system and the way human language describes it in military wordings; Andrew Carnie’s creates print media derived from human pathogen microorganisms.
Arts Enlightening Immunology will open on 30 August in Amsterdam. Join us for the opening on 30 August 20:00 when the artists Marta de Menezes, Herwig Turk and Andrew Carnie present their work. The exhibition will be accessible daily from 31 August until 5 September at the Waag in Amsterdam, from 12:00 till 16:00 hrs.
Entrance is free.
Enlight-Ten and Art Enlightening Immunology has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant agreement No.:[masked]
Looking forward to welcome you!
This exhibition shows all final projects of the student of this years BioHack Academy that started January 2018 at Waag. Discover the future of food, materials and product during the end presentation of our students. The projects will challenge the way you think about biotechnology and its creative application. Expect limunating algeas, materials of cellulose, manipulated snow algae, bioplastics, soft robotics, body odor extraction and mucus intolerance.
During this event the BioHack Academy students will present their final project and receive the official BioHack Academy Award. Everyone is welcome to join us and cheers to our latest generation of biohackers. Entrance to this event is free.
Roland van Dierendonk, head of the BioHack Academy will talk about this years BioHack Academy after which the students will elaborate on their projects.
The BioHack Academy
Bio-technological developments follow each other at a rapid pace. Inventions, such as the CRISPR-Cas9 technique that allows genetic manipulation of DNA, can have far-reaching consequences. The simplicity and low costs of many techniques make it possible to apply biotechnology outside laboratories and research institutions and to carry out experiments. In the BioHack Academy the focus is on making lab equipment accessible through the open source sharing of designs.
During BioHack Academy #5 the students worked with microbes, algae, genetics and other forms of biotechnology. During weekly classes, students quickly learn the basics of biotechnology, 3D design, digital fabrication, programming and electronics. Students work with biomaterials and build open-source hardware that everyone manufactures in the Fablab. The biomaterials vary from bio-pigments to bio-textiles.
In addition to gathering new knowledge, the BioHack Academy is also about sharing knowledge. All lab equipment manufactured within BioHack Academy is open-source. This means that everyone is completely free to improve the design, adapt it to own preference and continue experimenting.
BioHack Academy #5 students:
Matthijs de Block (BE), Jahangir Jahanbahkshi (NL), Jan Köhler (DE/HN), Malu Lücking (DE), Laura Olalde (AR), Bart Peeters (NL), Anna Pelgrim (NL), Alexander Rose (UK), Nel Thomas (DK).
Want to become a biohacker?
BioHack Academy #6 starts in January 2019. More information and subscription:
Don’t like your newborn’s face? For the next one, consider genetic modification! Ridiculous as this may sound, enhancement technologies promise to make better humans. But what is ‘better’, and who defines it? Does ‘better’ mean healthier, more intelligent? What about better aesthetics, better form?
Germline edited humans
On March 8, artists Adam Zaretsky, Julian Stadon and Vladimir Storm are invited to explain the projects they’re currently working on, as well as the novel challenge enhancement technologies are presenting; one of balancing the inclusive improvement of all humans with the necessity to respect differing personal desires.
Join us for an evening discussion on germline edited humans. The bioartistic possibilities in this field are as diverse and nuanced as any of the world's art, poetry or music. Come and explore the latest in tools, interfaces and applications for genetic collage of the human gremlin.
Tickets are € 5,- (incl. a drink). Reservations via Eventbrite:
Speakers and talks Lotte Pet (moderator)
Lotte Pet is an art historian and artist, researching art as a means to gain knowledge within scientific and technological discourse. She focuses on the position of art in bioethical debates, while advocating its autonomous force. Currently, she is working at Leiden University as researcher and educational staff member.
Adam Zaretsky – Talk: The Transgenic Human Genome Project
Adam Zaretsky is a WetLab art practitioner mixing ecology, biotechnology, non-human relations, body performance and gastronomy. His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. Zaretsky is a former researcher at the MIT department of biology and he also runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) Julian Stadon – Talk: Bio-Digital Convergence: Embodied Data and Identity Augmentation
Julian Stadon is a UK-based Australian artist. He teaches in several areas, all under a paradigm of Anthropocenic Design, a field he established to address current issues in both education and wider contexts. Stadon is Programme Leader for Digital Media at The University of Hertfordshire, director of The Mixed and Augmented Reality Research Organisation, and Chair Mentor/Steering Committee member for the International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality.
Vladimir Storm - Talk: Designing VR Future Lab for Human Gene Modification
Vladimir Storm is focused on VR / AR / MR, VFX, interactive computer graphics, video games, computer human interactions, bio informatics and AI. He has worked as a creative / art director and strategist on various tech and art projects. He has 10+ years experience in software development and IxD / UX / game design. Vladimir is frequent public speaker (CeBIT, Casual Connect, GameOn, S
On Friday 17 November the conclusive symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ takes place. Artists, ethicists, scientists and representatives of the institutions involved in the series will present their vision and thoughts while looking into the future. To prepare us for the final symposium, on the evening of 16th November we will host a new ”Trust me, I’m an artist” ethics panel event reflecting on the art work K9 Topology of the award-winning Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar.
Entrance to this event is free. There are limited place available please register via Eventbrite. (https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-trust-me-im-an-artist-symposium-and-performance-by-maja-smrekar-38580760092?ref=ebtn)
‘Trust me, I’m an artist’
Can the arts play a role in understanding the ethical issues arising from new (bio)technologies? Are ethics a form of art or does making art need ethical approval? ‘Trust me, I'm an Artist’ investigates the new ethical issues arising from art and science collaboration and consider the roles and responsibilities of the artists, scientists and institutions involved.
This event is the concluding symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’, after editions of the project in Amsterdam, Brighton, Copenhagen, Berlin, Dublin, Ljubljana, Paris, Prague and Riga. Artworks that bring issues such as gene editing and responsibility, humanity’s radioactive heritage, self-experimentation, human tissue culture and sculpture, interspecies communication were presented before a public ethics panel.
‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ is a series of performative events (before a live audience) where a specially selected artist will propose an ethically complex artwork to a specially formed ethics committee (following the rules and procedures typical for the host country), the ethics committee will then debate the proposal and come to a decision, after which the artist is informed of the ethics committee’s decision and, alongside the audience, they can enter into a discussion about the result.
Final symposium and performance
This final symposium will address key questions arising from the project such as: “What can science and ethics learn from the Trust me, I’m an artist project?” “Can ethics become an artistic practice?” Can Trust me, I’m an artist lead to the reframing of research questions?” Should art and culture organisations require ethical approval; do we need ethical institutions?”
To prepare us for the final symposium, on the evening of 16th November we will host a new ”Trust me, I’m an artist” ethics panel event reflecting on the art work K9 Topology of the award winning Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar. Smrekar researched the co-evolution of humans and dogs, taking the measure to place their cell materials in an equal cohabitating relationship. Find the complete program of both events below.
Visitors can join for both the performance as the symposium. When joining for the symposium we recommend visitors to see the performance by Maja Smrekar the evening before. The symposium on 17 November will build upon the topics raised in the performance.
Thursday 16 November from 7 - 10 pm
Performance by Maja Smrekar - Ecce Canis - K9 Topology
A ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ ethics panel will take place reflecting on the art work K9 Topology of Slovenian artist Maja Smrekar. Smrekar researched the co-evolution of humans and dogs, taking the measure to create a genetic hybrid of the two species. The doors open at 7 pm, the program starts at 7:30 pm.
The ethics panel consist of:
Prof. Dr. Bobbie Farsides, Brighton Sussex Medical School – chair
Dr. Ellen ter Gast, philosopher, integrative thinker
Arjen Mulder, writer, biologist
Assistant Professor Dr. Nora S. Vaage, Philosophy, Faculty of Arts and social Sciences, Maastricht University
Professor Dr. Ing. Robert Zwijnenberg, Art and Science Interactions, Leiden University Friday
17 November from 10 am - 5:30 pm
The conclusive symposium of ‘Trust me, I’m an artist’. The doors open at 10 am, the program starts at 10:30 am.
10:30 - 11:00 welcome and introduction
By Marleen Stikker, director Waag Society, Lucas Evers, head of programme Waag Society, Anna Dumitriu, lead artists Trust me, I’m an artist and Prof. Dr. Bobbie Farsides, Brighton Sussex Medical School.
11:00 - 11:45 Ethics - can ethics learn from arts?
By Dr. Wieke Betten, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam; Ass. Prof. Nora Vaage, Maastricht University; Dr. Ellen ter Gast and moderation by Prof. Dr. Bobbie Farsides. 11:45 - 12:30 Arts - can ethics be an arts practice?
By artist Spela Petric; Jareh Das, curator Arts Catalyst, London; Anna Dumitriu, lead artists Trust me, I’m an artist and moderation by Annick Bureaud.
12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:15 Ethical institutions or institutionalise ethics?
By Jurij Krpan, director Kapelica Gallery. Ljbljana; Dr. Ellen ter Gast; Marleen Stikker, director Waag Society and Lucas Evers.
14:15 - 15:30 Making public - How do we make this research public?
By Agnieszka Anna Wolodzko, Lucas Evers, Adam Bencard and moderation by Nicola Triscott.
15:45 - 17:30 Negotiating - Ethics are negotiated, aren't they?
Moderation by Dr. Baruch Gottlieb and Lucas Evers.
Followed by conclusion and drinks.
‘Trust me, I’m an artist’ is a project supported by the Creative Europe programme of the European Commission, coordinated by Waag Society with partners Art Catalyst, Kapelica Gallery, Medical Museion and communication partner Leonardo-Olats. Lead artist is Anna Dumitriu and lead ethicist is Prof. Bobbie Farsides.
Bus-, science-, DIY-lovers, children and other curious minds, all are very welcome at the kick-off of the European tour of the Science Bus. Join us for an afternoon filled with workshops before we see the Science Bus off to its first (overseas!) destination! The festive start will take place on the July 13th from 3 pm on the Marineterrain in Amsterdam.
During this afternoon our Science Bus captains will host their first workshops for you. Be prepared to make your own soap and sunscreen! After an opening speech by Marleen Stikker, president of Waag Society, we will cheers on a save journey and see the Science Bus and its crew off.
15:00 - 16:30 Science Bus workshops at Marineterrein
17:00 - Speech by Marleen Stikker
17:30 - Official start of the Science Bus tour
Participating to the workshops is free. There are limited places available. Reserve your spot via this page. (http://waag.org/en/news/european-tour-science-bus-about-start) Workshops will be in english and dutch.
The Science Bus
Until November 2017 the Science Bus will travel through Europe bringing workshops and tools to investigate the world around you. How can you charge your phone when there is no socket around? Do you know what lives in your yogurt? And can you make your own sunscreen? We want to find out, with you! The Science Bus is in search of folk remedies. An everyday trick or ‘life hack’ that everyone can use to make or fix just about anything. By combining old knowledge with new technologies we want to make these clever folk remedies accessible to everyone. Read more about the Science Bus here (http://waag.org/en/news/european-tour-science-bus-about-start).
A special thanks to Amsterdam Smart City (https://amsterdamsmartcity.com) for co-organizing this event.
Doing It Together Science
The Science Bus is part of the European project, “Doing It Together Science.” Within this project, research institutions work together with science galleries, museums and art institutions to engage as many people as possible with citizen science. By hosting innovative workshops, exhibitions and activities all around Europe the eleven partners show that citizen science is an accessible and fun way to explore the world around you.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. [masked]
Join a two-day hands-on event focussed on programmable microfluidics, biology and AI.
Tired of pipetting? Those painful manual procedures limit your research? Or you’re interested in democratising science and discovery by reducing entry barriers?
Scientist, designers and engineers! Join an experimental track or bring in your own research. Let’s work together with microfluidics, biology and software to rethink how experiments are designed. During these two days you’ll get a chance to try out the latest technology, geek around till improbable hours and have fun with like-minded #bionerds.
Apply with your own idea and team, win a beta program access! Send your application at biohackathon at digi.bio or contact us if you have any question about the event.
• biosensors (isothermal amplification and PCR, staining )
• cell free system (GFP)
• machine vision
10:00 - 10:30 coffee and registration
10:30 - 11:00 opening presentation
11:00 - 12:30 getting to know the tools and brainstorming ideas
12:30 - 13:30 DIY lunch
13:30 - 14:00 ideas presentations
14:00 - 16:30 groups gather around ideas and hack
16:30 - 17:00 present outcomes
17:00 continue hacking
10:00 doors open
10:30 intro day 2
11:00 - 16:30 hack at will
16:30 - 17:00 final presentations
Students and PhDs 10€
Get your ticket at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/amsterdam-biohackathon-tickets-35167108769
Algae are the organisms of the future! Useful as pigment for the currently still polluting textile industry, as biofuel and additionally, also an important food source. It’s time to take action! Come build an algae reactor and and contribute to a better world.
Get your tickets via Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-workshop-bouw-je-eigen-algenreactor-35378511079?ref=ebtn).
The textile industry is the second most polluting industry in the world (https://www.ecowatch.com/fast-fashion-is-the-second-dirtiest-industry-in-the-world-next-to-big--1882083445.html). By making use of less chemical substances and processes this industry can become a lot cleaner. Algae may provide a solution by using its pigments for the dyeing of yarn and fabrics (http://www.seacolors.eu/images/dyes_and_colourants_from_algae.pdf).
Nowadays (almost) everyone knows that fossil fuels are not our future. Unfortunately, the alternatives are still obscure. Additional to the use of solar and wind energy, algae might be the answer (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/274170336_Survival_of_the_fattest) (also see this publication (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/274170336_Survival_of_the_fattest) and this book (http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789400754782)).
For a long time in our western society, we do not know the food sources of the food in our supermarkets. Because the production chain is so long and complicated, even the final manufacturer does not know where its raw materials come from. You could choose to buy food having quality hallmarks, however, the overcrowd of unregulated labels makes this futile.
Additionally, regulations and laws can be circumnavigated by fabricating and selling the semi-manufactured goods and the final product in different countries with distinct legislations. Also, if a substance is within regulations, that does not mean it is absent.
Finally, in one half of the world people die because they eat too much food, while the other half dies because of having no food. Our western diet is not balanced and especially the high meat consumption (http://waag.org/en/blog/save-world-eat-less-meat) is the cause of food inequality and high carbon emissions. More than enough reasons to take action!
During this 2-day workshop you will on the first day build an algae reactor in small groups with low-cost DIY materials. Prior to that Peter Mooij (https://www.nemokennislink.nl/facesofscience/wetenschappers/peter-mooij--2) will tell you why those tiny organisms (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i6rL7CugAPI) are our heroes of the (near) future.
During the second evening you will have a look whether the microalgae have multiplied and you will learn how to determine the quality of your algae using a microscope and spectrophotometer. More information about algae can be found here (http://algaetrends.com).
Dates and times
First day: 1 July 2017 from 10.00 – 15.00 hrs
Second day: 11 July from 19.00 – 21.00 hrs
(doors open at 18.00 hrs, bring your own food!)
The entrance is € 35,- per person for both days when booked online through Eventbrite (https://www.eventbrite.nl/e/tickets-workshop-bouw-je-eigen-algenreactor-35378511079?ref=ebtn) (incl. VAT), this includes materials. Entrance at the door is € 37,50 (as long as there are places available, pay with PIN). Maximum number of participants is 30.
This workshop takes place at the first floor of the Waag.
This workshop is made possible by the European project 'Doing It Together Science'.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. [masked]
Waag Society’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.
Find tickets and speaker information here (https://www.bordersessions.org/session/open-wetlab-hosted-waag-societys-diy-human-enhancement-program/)
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 Society, Athena Institute – Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Arts & Genomics Centre – Leiden University, supported by NWO Kiem and Fund Creative Industries NL.