The DIY BioArt Lab is a unique research environment equipped with professional laboratory equipment where we conduct and cultivate artistic experiments with micro-biological organism and investigate a variety of biological organisms.
The DIY BioArt Lab is a unique research environment equipped with professional laboratory equipment where we conduct and cultivate artistic experiments with micro-biological organism and investigate a variety of biological organisms. Microscopes, imaging techniques, nutrient solutions, centrifuges and incubators enable students to create and design ecologies for organisms to be considered within a the scope of creativity. The laboratory was established by artists Theresa Schubert, Mindaugas Gapsevicus and Molecular biologist/ artist Dr. Klaus Fritze under the supervision of Professor Ursula Damm. The Media Environments Research Chair conducts introductory courses and workshops to prepare students to work artistically and scientifically with living organisms and their environments.Presently the DIY BioArt Lab houses euglena (single cellular organisms), amoebas, physarum polycephalum (slime mould), various in-vitro cultures, plants, daphnias (water fleas) and water lentils.
The GMU staff work with the students to freely experiment with organisms as part of their artistic research. Students are encouraged to reflect on their working environment as an ecology where artists and researchers alike design of the habitats of organisms. Paramount to the philosophy of GMU is to create an eco-system of inter-species collaborations between humans, other living species and technology.
The Do-It-Yourself aspects of the lab relates to the use and development of accessible technology (i.e. building DIY microscopes, custom built software and Arduino boards) that enable networks between biological and other systems. Thus the GMU regularly provides Bio Electronics courses, that focus on the connections between technology and living organisms. By teaching scientific practices within the context of media arts GMU aims to promote Bio Art as an important new field of work for media artists.