GMU:BioArt Laboratory

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Lecturer(s): Category:Alessandro Volpato
Credits: 4 SWS
Date: Wednesdays 9.00 – 12.00
Venue: DIY Biolab @ Marienstraße 7b, Room 202
First meeting: 19. April 2023

The goal is to support artistic practices in a DIY bio lab and enable students to achieve bigger goals and execute long term projects.

During the course students will learn about bio-art, will learn to hack scientific equipment and rebuild own inquiry tools.

Besides, students will realise a long term bio-art project, which will be exhibitied at Summaery. If selected, the works will also be exhibited at the international conference in Weimar and also Ars Electronica festival in Linz.


Day 1: (3h) lecture

  • Introduction to the course
  • Design the recipe and prepare the media for different organisms
  • Set cultures of different organisms (Euglena, mushrooms and slime mold)

Day 2: (3h) lecture

  • Checking cultures, preparing new medium and expand them
  • Conceptualise long term cultivation projects

Day 3: (3h) lecture - workshop

  • Freak show: Lab teardown session
  • Workshop with Matthias Vetterlein
  • Doing what lab scientists don’t dare to do: disassemble precious lab equipment

Day 4: (3h) lecture - workshop

  • Lab rebuild session: Open source spectrometry
  • Using open source principles to design an easy to assemble and maintain lab, artist etc. friendly

Day 5: (3h) lecture - workshop

  • Using an open source spectrometer:
  • Extracting pigments from plants and other objects, and fingerprint theirs spectrum (rainbow)

Project days: (29h)

  • Conceptualise: (4h)
  • Draft the concept of the project, discuss with Miga the artistic content, generate with Alessandro the experimental plan
  • Execute: (19h)
  • Work in the lab to create the project
  • Document: (2h)
  • Create the documentation on the GMU wiki
  • Exhibit: (4h)
  • Prepare the object for the exhibition of July