DIY bio & lab_hacking workshop @ NK, Berlin


we will hold a first workshop about the topic of, meaning DIY practices for biology, microscopy and the resulting artistic visualisation and sonification.

Saturday 30 May - Wednesday 3 June 2009, 12.00-18.00 daily

Location: eNKa / ElsenStr. 52 (2.Hof) Berlin, Germany
Telephone: +49 (0)176 20626386

Course Participation fee: 100 euros
Please register early to ensure a place. Places are limited to 16.
Registration is required for this workshop and can only be done via email to: enka_nkATgmxDOTde

For Workshop leaders Biographies and full description and additional reading go to

Experimental make-workshop with multilayered outcome for people interested in sound, DIY-biology, microscopy and interaction of living microorganisms. Knowledge in physical computing, video and sound processing, electronics and puredata is welcome, but not compulsary.

In this workshop the experiments will take place in close-up view of microorganisms (e.g. water bears aka tardigrades,amoebae and collected organisms from urban environments), which appears to be a world by itself. Maybe due to the scaling and the amplification of a microscope, but maybe also due to all parameters of imagination that the microcosmos provokes. Growth and behaviour of these
microscopic animals remind us of our own micro-macro-development. With the image and the movement of the organisms, the participants are encouraged to collect inspiration and bridge video and sound to what they experience with these small "animalcules", as termed by their first observer Leeuwenhoek in 1677.


The participants will learn
How to work with the usb-microscopes and hack webcams to be used as microscopes, observe the behaviour and motion of the waterbears and other microorganisms, find sounds from the lab equipment, hack into electronic devices to integrate into bioelectronic culture devices and build habitats for the animals. Also they will discover sounds from the different instrumentation and utilities of the laboratory. Recycle and compose arrangements for Lab-visual and Lab-sound scapes and benefit from a cross fertilization between the whole (scientific) equipment (you can bring your own too!) and an artistic metaphorical language.
The outcome can be a video with a microscopic soundtrack, a living object with singing waterbears, a performance with laboratory sounds, or an openLab Hackteria installation.

Material needed
The participant should bring their own laptop/computer, a webcam with an adjustable lens and some general lab stuff they have access to.

Material available
various labware, glassware, petri-dishes, usb-microscopes, microorganisms, soldering stations, electronic parts, arduinos etc..

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2 Response to “DIY bio & lab_hacking workshop @ NK, Berlin”

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    it all seems strangely familiar...we had a nice workshop at medialab and also did a webcam hack for our PHotoEspaña installation...hail internet

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