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Hackteria & Bad Lab

Hackteria / BadLAB
with the collaboration of Kiyoshi Yamamoto.

Engineering is also affecting to molecular biology, posing new ethical challenges that artists investigate through DIY bioart methods. International DIY bio networks and communities encourage the collaboration of scientists, hackers and artists to combine their expertise. Piksel is inviting the main artistic DIY bionetworks worldwide, to establish a collaborative interaction with local artists. Piksel Fest Spill invites the audience for interesting interactions through a DIY or die – Plant Printing Workshop and the Worship – Dinner Performance.

11th of June Worship – Dinner Performance
HackteriaLab & QWAS | Migrating Dialogue
The Performance is based on an exchange of food, gesture, rhythm and sensuality threw online meeting tool like zoom, jitsi, skype, etc. It is a tangible stretch towards how sensuality is perceived in the digital realm threw media.

Worship is a dinner performance created by Maya Minder in collaboration with Almaty based artists Dana Iskakova and Takhir Yakyharov. The Performance is based on an exchange of food, gesture, rhythm and sensuality threw online meeting tool like zoom, jitsi, skype, etc. It is a tangible stretch towards how sensuality is perceived in the digital realm threw media. Elements of #asrm (autonomous sensory meridian response) the tickling sounds of whisper or crumbling paper, walking on snow or stroking hair combined with the elements of new media trend of #mukbang (Korean word for food space) the eating in front of audience recorded with detailed sounds, is probed and performed during an mutual dinner happening. The audience is invited to partake or just to relaxe and concentrate on chatter and talk during the food. People are served with umami rich food, so to give a physical layer of sensual perception emphasized threw food and audio-visual experience.

13th of June Workshop DIY or die – Plant Printing
HackteriaLab & BadLab & Kiyoshi Yamamoto.
You can attend physically at Studio 207 in Bergen or online. Inscription is necessary. We will send you the instructions on equipment and materials you need to follow it online and how to join us.
To attend please send us an email to: info(at)piksel(dot)no
At the Studio only 5 persons.

DIY or DIE Is an transdisciplinary workshop on the topic of coloring fabrics with wild herbs. The toxic impact of the textile industry is the starting point of this workshop. Together we will learn the old technique of dyeing with natural dyes that we find in our neighborhood. The Workshop will be held mutually in Bergen, NW and Zurich, CH under the guidance of a local assistant and threw a virtual meeting with the BadLab project based in Zurich and working at the Theater house Gessneralle during the Naked Transition Project. We will dye fabrics of silk and cotton ourselves, go foraging for wild herbs and work with poisonous substances in small quantities – poisonousness is always a question of dose (Paracelsus) – investigating the toxic side effects of the textile industry.

This workshop is a lot about the playful approach of learning and unlearning, we will follow the art of dyeing by means of DIYbio methods and old knowledge about plant dye and natural coloring. We use plants to dye fabrics and create unpredictable design and patterns. In the framework of the theme of the exhibition „naked transition the aspect of empowerment by DIY and community based work is celebrated threw the moment of liberation – Just do it and Do it with Others. Embroidery hoops stand as a symbol of the time we save, which we take as free time by growing beyond the collective stick tradition of manual work, no longer embroidering the fabric with rules and slogans, but use nature itself, its signs leaves to create traces of stories.

Participants: Paloma Ayala, Lisa Biedlingmaier, Lucile Haute, Anne-Laure Franchette, Corinna Mattner, Maya Minder, Les Plants Sorcière.

Hackteria is a global network active since 2009 of people practicing DIY (do-it-yourself) and DIWO (do-it-with-others) biology, with a focus on art, design and interdisciplinary cooperation. Its goal is to allow artists, scientists, cooks, farmers, philosophers and hackers to collaborate and test various biohacking and bioart techniques, outside conventional settings such as academic laboratories and art institutions.

BAD LAB project is a collective laboratory of interdisciplinary ideas and practices around plants. BAD LAB deals with the politics of the invisible, plant migration, the resurgence of oppressed and marginalized feminine knowledge, the creation of solidarious ways in which to narrate space that include rural, indigenous beings, and biota, digging up lost and old recipes around healing and culinary, healthcare and colloquial practices.

QWAS – Migrating Dialogue
The project QWAS – Migrating Dialogue is a transcultural collaboration between the Zurich University of Arts (ZHdK) and the Eurasian Cultural Alliance (ECA) in Almaty, Kazakhstan.The project was launched in 2017 and has so far encompassed two student exchange programmes (for which participants travelled from Zurich to Almaty by train) and two e-learning seminars; with exhibitions taking place simultaneously in both cities.

QWAS was created by Rada Leu and Peter Tränkle. The project is kindly supported by the framework of the International Hub Arts for Change – Arts and Design in Social Processes of ZHdK.

Participating artists from HackteriaLab 2020 in Bergen:

Maya Minder (CH/KR) *1983
Artist, Fermentista and Organizer. Lives and works in Zurich. Several exhibitions in local and global spheres. Pro Helvetia, Werkbeitrag 2018, nominated for the KADIST AWARD 2017, Part of the Klöntal Triennale 2017. Several grants and support from Migros Kulturprozent, Pro Helvetia and Gerbert Rüf Stiftung for projects she co-curated. She studied art history at the University of Zurich and helds a MA Fine Arts Degree from the Zurich University of Arts.
Founder of Gasthaus: Fermentation & Bacteria
Active member of the Hackteria – Open Source Biological Art Network
Member of Gesellschaft für

Piksel Fest Spill is supported by the Municipality of Bergen, Arts Council Norway and PROHELVETIA.