How would you redesign the human body?

swissnex San Francisco @ 17 Pier, San Francisco, CA 94111

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Explore the future of biology in the spirit of the petri dish with biohackers, artists, and scientists.

Around the world, maker spaces are placing the latest biological and genetic technologies into the hands of amateur scientists. From engineering new types of cheese or homemade insulin to tinkering with bioluminescent algae, citizen science initiatives are bringing laboratory science to the world, unleashing new forms of creativity and experimentation.

Explore the world of DIY science from the organic spirit of the petri dish. Bring an original idea practical, outrageous, provocative to spark conversations about how to re-imagine the human body. Together, we'll discover what emerges when we connect the Global Hackteria Network to a Bay Area ecosystems of scientists, artists, makers, and researchers.

For those seeking an even deeper level of engagement, we offer a more immersive but equally experimental platform for a smaller group on Friday evening.

This event is free for Swiss Alumni based in the Bay Area. Special guests include students from the School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD).


6:30pm doors open, demos
7:00pm emergent dialogue
8:00pm demos & networking
9:30pm doors close

Megan May Daalder
Megan May Daalder is a self-styled guinea pig using video, performance, and science to investigate life on earth. She has a BA from UCLA s Design Media Arts department, but most of what she knows has been passed down from her radical Dutch ancestors and a pinball wizard from Tennessee. Her work, Mirror Box, was an artistic examination of empathy which went on to become a research tool at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California.

Kevin Doxzen
Dr. Kevin Doxzen is the Science Communications Specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). The IGI is an academic research partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco that aims to develop and deploy genome editing technologies to solve real-world problems. Kevin received a B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Doudna. The Doudna lab is credited with co-discovering CRISPR genome editing technology, and continues to make advancements in this rapidly growing field. In his current position, Kevin aims to educate and empower the wider public to help understand the latest biotechnological advancements in genome editing and beyond.

Marc R. Dusseiller
Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a Swiss-based transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He also loves coconuts. He has co-organized the diy* festival in Z rich, Switzerland and KIBLIX 2011 in Slovenia, and countless workshops for artists, schools, and children as the former president of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, including the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland at FHNW, HEAD and ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 - 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination through Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, bringing biohacking methods into kitchens and ateliers.

Kelly McVicker
Kelly McVicker is the founder of San Francisco-based pickling company McVicker Pickles. In addition to making pickles and other preserves, Kelly is dedicated to using food preservation, and fermentation in particular, as a vehicle for exploring our connection to the food we eat and the soil that nourishes it. She is a certified Master Food Preserver, has presented at TEDx, and regularly teaches classes on pickling, canning and other food preservation techniques across the Bay Area. Kelly offers many workshops, see her website for what she has on the horizon.

Adam Zaretsky (joining remotely)
Adam Zaretsky is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). Adam runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans. More Guests to be Announced.

LifeCycle series
Throughout 2019, swissnex San Francisco will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to explore the questions we confront in an age of CRISPR, genetics, the datafication of DNA, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology. Connecting artists and scientists, the LifeCycle series will pose challenging questions about where we want our tech to take us: not only looking at what is possible today, but how to be responsible stewards of our new health tech revolution.

Photo: Slime 3 by JL Settle, CC-BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr.

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