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<nettime-ann> ISEA2006 Workshop on Biotech Art and Wet Lab Procedures

ISEA2006 UPDATE:  WETWARE HACKERS***  A Series of Hands-On How-To
Workshops on Biotech Art and Wet Lab Procedures

***Reduced ISEA Ticket Price!!! $25***

When: Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 7 + 8; 10 AM ? 5 PM Where: Garage
Building near Parkside Hall, 180 W San Carlos St., San Jose
Presented by: Beatriz da Costa and Tau-Mu Yi/UC Irvine; Oron
Catts/Univ. of Western Australia; Paul Vanouse/SUNY Buffalo; and
Natalie Jeremijenko/UC San Diego

Over the past 20 years, biotechnology has revolutionized the
pharmaceutical industry, the agricultural industry and the field of
animal and human medicine. As such, its impacts on human life are
tremendous and biotechnology implementations direct areas such food
production and consumption, global trade agreements, human and animal
reproduction, environmental concerns as well as biosecurity and

The Human Genome Project, as well as other International Genome
Initiatives, stimulated the merging of computational research with
areas of the life sciences. Simultaneously, a number of artists
originating in the field of new media art have shifted their attention
from experimenting, hacking and reverse engineering digital code and
electronics to similar explorations using micro-organisms and molecular
biology. Similar developments also took place amongst artists,
designers and other interested individuals originating outside the
field of emergent technology art (including biologists bioengineers
becoming interested in the usage of living materials within social and
artistic contexts). As an emerging media form, many of the issues are
similar: How do we re-imagine cultural production with wetware as a
medium and explore its full tactical and signifying potential? However,
many of the wetlab procedures needed in order to conduct this type of
work remain opaque and abstract to the general public and artists who
don?t have access to life science research facilities and expertise.
?Wetware Hackers? is a series of hands-on workshops open to ISEA
attendees taught by practitioners in the field. Workshops will be
conducted in moderately equipped facilities and are designed for
motivated non-experts. Rather than promoting only well-established
techniques, ?Wetware Hackers? encourages modification and play with
respect to wetware projects.

A Two-Day Workshop divided into Four Sections
Monday, Aug. 7
10am-1pm: Construct and test a yeast based Pollution Sensor. (da Costa,
Yi, Kim) 1pm-2pm: lunch break 2pm-5pm: Tissue engineering workshop for
artists. (Catts, Ross)

Tuesday, Aug. 8
10am-1pm: DNA separation, visualization and interpretation. (Vanouse)
1pm-2pm: lunch break 2pm-5pm: Cloning Tree Bicycle Tour (Jeremijenko)

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