My very first bioart
Introduction to BioArt

Lecturer: Mindaugas Gapševičius
Credits: 6 ECTS, 4 SWS
Date: Hands on part: Tuesday 13:30 - 16:45 and/or Wednesday 17:00 - 20:00
Theory part: Tuesday 15:15 - 16:00
Venue: Marienstraße 7b, biolab (Room 202)
First meeting: Tuesday, 20. October. 2015


Please send a motivation letter before tuesday, 13 October 2015 to mindaugas.gapsevicius [@]


This course is designed as an introduction to work with live tissues, bacteria, cellular organisms and other forms demonstrating life-like processes, including crystal growing and automata patterns. The weekly seminar is split into two parts: theoretical and practical. During the theoretical part, we will discuss artworks in relation to BioArt, and the practical part will involve work with organisms.

Work with organisms (bacteria, physarum, euglena, amoeba, algae, molds, plants, etc) in the biolab will focus on the analysis of living systems and their relations to habitat. Living and non-living systems will be considered while sensing and recording their shifts with the help of microscopes and cameras, analysing and interacting with them while bridging with electronics and computers, and sharing and documenting experiments online and on paper.


20 % Theory
50 % Work in lab
30 % Documentation including 10% of updates in WikiHaiwaiian for ''fast'' (not an acronym). It is the name for a hypertext system for websites where the user may not only read the content but is also able to change it instantaneously through the browser.

Eligible Participants

Undergraduates and graduates enrolled in the faculties of Media and Design.



Exhibition planning

Related previous courses




What is Bioart?




  • Robert Mitchell: Bioart an the Vitality of Media ISBN 978-0295990088
  • Ingeborg Reichle: Art in the Age of Technoscience: Genetic Engineering, Robotics, and Artificial Life in Contemporary Art ISBN 978-3211781609
  • George Gessert: Green Light ISBN 978-0262014144
  • Suzanne Anker: Visual Culture and Bioscience ISBN 978-1890761127
  • Ine Gevers: Yes Naturally ISBN 978-9462080638
  • Ginsberg, Calvert, Schyfter, Elfick, Endy: Synthetic Aesthetics ISBN 978-0262019996 recommended chapters: The Biogenetic Timestamp: Exploring the Rearrangement of Matter trought Synthetic Biology and Art by Catts and Iwasaki, Time as Critique by Jane Calvert, Evolution or Design by Jane Calvert,
  • Eugene Thacker: Biomedia ISBN 978-0816643530
  • Lynn Margulis & Dorion Sagan: Acquiring Genomes ISBN 978-0465043927
  • Bureaud, Malina, Whiteley: Meta-Life: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, ALife and the Arts [1] recommended chapters: Catts & Zurr: Countering the Engineering Mindset: The Conflict of Art and Synthetic Biology
  • Landwehr, Kuni: Home Made Bio Electronic Arts: Do-it yourself: Microscopes, Sensors, Sonifications ISBN 978-3856165673 (Introduction)

Eco Art

Biology, Technology and Culture



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