Doing and Debating DIY Biology at Medical Museion: Open Days
Event / Hands-on Open Days
Strands: Public Engagement
Venue: Medical Museion - København
Organizer: Labitat and Biologigaragen
to Saturday, February 23, 2013 - 11:00
Included in museum entrance
On three Sundays in February, visitors to the DIY biology lab/installation at Medical Museion in Copenhagen will be able to meet scientists at work, try their hands at biology experiments and hardware hacks, and chat about synthetic biology, open science, and why we’re having such conversations in a museum.
A key principle of Studiolab is to experiment with merging the artist’s studio and research laboratory. At Medical Museion, we’re viewing the idea of studio + laboratory through the dual prism of museum + open biology. Both the museum and the open biology space occupy the territory between the studio and lab, placing public accessibility center stage, and foregrounding the material practices of science.
When it comes to synthetic biology, with its promises to engineer life, and fears about moral implications, safety, and regulation, the museum offers the opportunity to ground debate in the nitty gritty of what actually goes on in the lab. Bringing the open, hands-on space of the DIY biology lab into the museum also helps to ground debate about regulation – about who should get to do this and where – in an encounter with DIY biologists at work.
On three Sundays in February, visitors to the DIY biology lab/installation will be able to meet scientists at work, try their hands at biology experiments and hardware hacks, and chat about synthetic biology, open science, and why we’re having such conversations in a museum.
We’re also hosting a DIY biology workshop on Thursday 14th March 2013, for those who want to get more hands-on with synthetic biology and lab techniques. And at an evening symposium on Thursday 21st March, speakers from the museum, hackerspace, university, sociologists, and ethicists, will give their perspectives on the visions, opportunities, and problems of open science, inviting participants to join a discussion… and meet some of the objects from the lab/installation.
The project is in collaboration with Martin Malthe Borch and Rüdiger Trojok of Labitat, Biologigaragen and Hackteria, health educator and interaction designer Sara Krugman, and the University of Copenhagen’s UNIK Center for Synthetic Biology. The Medical Museion team includes director Thomas Söderqvist, Louise Whiteley, Karin Tybjerg, and Ane Pilegaard Sørensen. More information can be found on our website.