An evening DIY biology workshop in Medical Museion's lab/installation space, where participants can get hands-on with lab techniques and hardware hacks, and chat to scientists and designers about who gets to do synthetic biology, where, and why.
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 Thursday 14th March 2013, we’ll be hosting an evening DIY biology workshop, where participants will get hands-on with synthetic biology and lab techniques. This follows a workshop at Biologigaragen in Labitat at the end of August, where we tried out hacks ranging from DNA extraction and sourdough construction, to turning a webcam into a microscope.
Leading up to the workshop, on three Sundays in February, visitors to the DIY biology lab/installation at Medical Museion will be able to meet scientists at work, try some quick hacks, and chat about synthetic biology, open science, and why we’re having such conversations in a museum. Finally, 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 Pilgaard Sørensen. More information can be found on our website.