Workshop with the artist collective C-LAB
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15€ participation fee
Laboratory Berlin, in cooperation with Desiree Förster and
Daniela Silvestrin, invite you to a workshop on Synthetic Biology
by the artist collective C-LAB (UK).
C-LAB is a London based collective founded by Laura Cinti and Howard
Boland which critically deals with the contemporary overlapping
of art, science and technology. The focus of Cinti and Boland's
work is the investigation and exploration of the meaning and characteristics
of all that relates to organic and synthetic life. Their concern
here is to create a platform for both artistic and scientific reflection
and discussion. In their current experimental art projects C-LAB
have developed several genetic constructs that lead to novel behavior
in E. coli bacteria; the artists explore the possibilities offered
of synthetic biology and genetic engineering techniques in an art
context (e.g. in artworks such kate, katEred, Stressostat and
This workshop is for artists, designers, DIY biologists, and especially
lay people who wish to gain practical experience with the processes
and methods in the creation of new life forms, bio-materials and
new forms of expression. During the workshop's three days C-LAB
will show, within a complete cycle of operation, how new forms of
expression can be integrated into bacteria by genetic engineering
and standardized synthetic biology. The aim is not only to test
how parts can be interchanged easily by means of standardized genetic
engineering, but the participants will also attempt the production
of genetic biosensors.
The workshop will take place partly in a makeshift (DIY) laboratory
(on the premises of Art Laboratory Berlin), and partly in a professional
laboratory for molecular biology. The participants will be encouraged
"to get their hands dirty" during the workshop and work
with professional equipment in both an artistic and scientific context.
The results and experiences will then be reflected and discussed
together with the artists, and both the artistic and the specific
scientific practices will be discussed from different points of
Funded by the European Union and the Federal State
of Berlin within the framework of the "Zukunftsinitiative Stadtteil"
part of the program "Soziale Stadt."