• Introduction to Course and the biolab
  • Microbiota and Symbiosis (fermentation)
  • top-down, bottom-up and emergence (Isolating bacteria)
  • Mycelium and networks
  • Biodiversity and Environment
  • Living and non-living (crystal growing)
  • Living machines (plasmodium)
  • Life programming
  • Cloning and Transgenic organisms
  • Immortality (bacteria, jellyfish)

literature overview

  • Robert Mitchell: Bioart an the Vitality of Media ISBN 978-0295990088
  • William Myers: Bio Design, ISBN 978-0-87070-952-4
  • 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,
  • Landwehr, Kuni: Home Made Bio Electronic Arts: Do-it yourself: Microscopes, Sensors, Sonifications ISBN 978-3856165673 (Introduction)


Draft DIYbio Code for ethics from European congress

  • Transparency. Emphasize transparency and the sharing of ideas, knowledge, data and results
  • Safety. Adopt safe practices
  • Open Access. Promote citizen science and decentralized access to biotechnology.
  • Education. Help educate the public about biotechnology, its benefits and implication.
  • Modesty. Know, you don’t know everything.
  • Community. Carefully listen to any concerns and questions and respond honestly.
  • Peaceful Purposes. Biotechnology must only be used for peaceful purposes.
  • Respect. Respect humans and all living systems.
  • Responsibility. Recognize the complexity and dynamics of living systems and our responsibility towards them.
  • Accountability. Remain accountable for your actions and for upholding this code.


  • iGEM, Boston

“The iGEM Foundation is dedicated to education and competition, advancement of synthetic biology, and the development of open community and collaboration.” ( “iGEM runs the premiere student competition in synthetic biology. Student teams are given a kit of biological parts and work over the summer to build and test biological systems in living cells, ranging from bacteria to mammalian cells.” (

  • Genspace, New York

“Genspace is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting citizen science and access to biotechnology. Since 2009 we have served the greater New York area by providing educational outreach, cultural events, and a platform for science innovation at the grassroots level. .. Genspace was founded by a group of science enthusiasts who come from different professions - artists, engineers, writers, and biologists.” (

  • Waag Society, Amsterdam

“Waag Society explores emerging technologies, and provides art and culture a central role in the designing of new applications for novel advances in science and technology. The organisation concerns itself not only with technologies related to the Internet, but also with those related to biotechnology and the cognitive sciences.“(

  • Art Science BLR, Bangalor

“(Art)ScienceBLR is a public laboratory at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology for artists and designers to engage with scientific practices. We look at the artistic, social and political implications of technologies from computing to biotechnologies. Our work exists at the intersection of art-science and pedagogy, creating spaces of dialogue and interaction between artists, designers and scientists.” (

  • Hackteria, international

“Hackteria is a webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects instigated in February 2009 by Andy Gracie, Marc Dusseiller and Yashas Shetty, after collaboration during the Interactivos?09 Garage Science at Medialab Prado in Madrid. The aim of the project is to develop a rich wiki-based web resource for people interested in or developing projects that involve bioart, open source software/hardware, DIY biology, art/science collaborations and electronic experimentation.”(

  • Biotinkering, Berlin


  • SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia, Crawley, Perth

“SymbioticA is an artistic laboratory dedicated to the research, learning, critique and hands-on engagement with the life sciences. .. The Centre offers a new means of artistic inquiry where artists actively use the tools and technologies of science, not just to comment about them but also to explore their possibilities.” (

  • Riedel-Kruse Lab, Stanford university, Stanford, USA

"We are fascinated by the self-organization of multi-cellular morphologies and patterns at microscopic scales, such as in early development, protist swarms, or bacterial biofilms. We study the biophysical principles underlying these phenomena with a combination of quantitative imaging, synthetic biology, and modeling. We develop devices and user interfaces that enable a tangible interactive experience with such systems, a new field that we term "Interactive Biotechnology." (

  • Biofilia lab, Aalto University, Helsinki

Biofilia “offers a platform and infrastructure for trans-disciplinary research and education that aim at creating cultural discussion and innovation around the topics related to the manipulation of life and biological processes at a practical and theoretical level, including philosophical and ethical dimensions.”

  • Biotinkering/Art Laboratory Berlin

“Bio & Beers | every Thursday with Biotinkering e.V. The Bio & Beers format is for everyone: we start with a 20 minutes presentation, followed by discussions while having beers.”(

  • Gaudi labs

  • Kitchenlab

intro to DIY Biolab

contexts (architecture, art, design, and technology)

cooking medium and inoculating microbes

the bullion medium didn't work well and peptone medium worked fine