DIY BioLab

The DIY Biolab is a working environment equipped with professional laboratory equipment to perform (micro)biological experiments. For example, plants, algae and fungi as well as harmless microbes can be cultivated and researched here. The laboratory has a solid basic equipment (glassware, scales, centrifuges, microwave, heating stirrer, incubator, etc.) as well as a sterile workbench and two powerful microscopes.

This enables students to engage in an artistic and scientific study of living organisms, in which they can design the respective environmental conditions themselves and observe the reactions of living organisms. For the experiments, only organisms are used in which a health hazard can be excluded and which, for example, are also approved for work in schools. In recent years, work has been carried out with various plants (e.g. duckweed), fungi (e.g. oyster mushrooms), single- and multicellular microorganisms (e.g. euglena and nematodes) and the so-called slime-mold Physarum Polycephalum. Some impressions of the organisms are shown in the picture gallery below, information on specific projects can be found under 'Projects'.

The DIY (Do It Yourself) aspect of the Biolab
refers to the establishment and development of technical processes (DIY microscopes, Arduino Boards, etc.) and interfaces between different systems, whether biological or otherwise. For example, bio-electronics courses are offered which are dedicated to the combination of technology and biology.

The GMU wants to promote scientific practice
in artistic teaching for the field of Bio Art, which represents a new and important field of media art. For this purpose, the DIY Biolab was established at Bauhaus University in 2013.