• Call for participation: Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]

    Posted on March 20th, 2014 eb No comments

    Call for workshop participants:

    “Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters]: An investigation of radioactivity in the context of art, physics and activism” originating from the Case Pyhäjoki project.

    When/Where: 2nd-5th of June 2014, Helsinki, Finland (exact place TBC)
    Guides: Erich Berger and Martin Howse
    Guests: Mari Keski Korsu, Andrew Paterson, and others
    Application deadline: send your application including CV and motivation until 15.5.2014 to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi
    Participation fee for coffee and radiation detector: 20€

    The Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop allows the uninitiated to easily enter into a physical and intuitive relation to nuclear and atomic processes, following simple hands-on experimentation, construction and research. This relation promotes an understanding of the complex issues surrounding contemporary uses of nuclear and atomic technologies, which could inform and help to formulate an artistic “response”.

    Picture by Liisa Louhela during Case Pyhäjoki

    As part of the Case Pyhäjoki project in 2013, Berger and Howse designed a minimal, low budget geiger radiation detector which is fast and simple to build. The detector serves as an introduction for the workshop participants to start a relationship with the complex political, economic and artistic positions orbiting the phenomena of nuclear decay.

    During the Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] workshop participants will be guided through their own construction of the radiation detector device, and will extend this with further investigations, experiments, lectures, discussion, screenings, presentations and field trips.

    Workshop schedule

    2.6. 18h: Presentation “Case Pyhäjoki – Artistic reflections on nuclear influence” with Mari Keski Korsu and guests.

    3-5.6. 10-18h: Building of radiation detector, experiments and investigations, presentations, screenings and field trips.

    About Erich Berger and Martin Howse

    Erich Berger is an artist and cultural worker based in Helsinki/ Finland. His interests lie in information processes and feedback structures, which he investigates through installations, situations,performances and interfaces. His current explorations of deep time and hybrid ecology led him to work with radiogenic phenomena.

    Through the construction of experimental situations (within process-driven performance, laboratories, walks, and workshops), material art works and texts, Martin Howse explores the rich links between substance or materials and execution or protocol, excavating issues of visibility and of hiding within the world.

    Curie’s Children [glow boys, radon daughters] is a collaboration between the Finnish Society of Bioart, Case Pyhäjoki and Pixelache and part of the pre program of CampPixelache 2014.

    The workshop is generously funded by the Finnish Arts Promotion Centre

  • Call for participation: Making_Life – a research platform for art and synthetic biology

    Posted on February 3rd, 2014 eb No comments

    Call for participation – please share!

    – a research platform for art and synthetic biology with three working periods

    Making_Life is a project by the Finnish Society of Bioart in collaboration with Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts – Aalto University Finland and Bio:Fiction Vienna Austria within the SYNENERGENE EU Project.

    Working period I:
    22nd – 27th of May at Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts – Aalto University Helsinki/ Finland.

    Instructors for working period I:
    Oron Catts/SymbioticA, The University of Western Australia with the support of Marika Hellman, Biofilia, Aalto University and selected guests.

    Please download the application form from:
    http://bioartsociety.fi/Making_Life_AF.pdf                      http://bioartsociety.fi/Making_Life_AFn.doc

    Application deadline:
    send your application form with attachments until 15.3.2014 to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi

    Synthetic biology
    is a new area of biological research that combines science and engineering. Synthetic biology encompasses a variety of different approaches, methodologies and disciplines, with the aim to design and construct new biological functions and systems not found in nature. Most approaches of Synthetic biology are based on genetic engineering but goes much further. In genetic engineering the goal is to manipulate an organism’s genes, usually by transferring one gene from a donor to a host organism. Synthetic biology, on the other hand, aims at creating whole new biological functions, systems and eventually organisms (Schmidt 2012). Other SB approaches are dealing with making novel life-forms from “scratch” (for example protocells). Synthetic Biology is still in its beginnings but if it reaches its potential promises it will become a highly transformative technology in terms of economy, ecology and ethics.

    is a series of three consecutive work periods over the course of 12 months. The first period will take place between 22nd – 27th of May 2014 in Helsinki, the second is planned for November 2014 in Vienna, and the third, in May 2015, will take place again in Helsinki. The goal of Making_Life is to enable practitioners to critically and in an informed manner, engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical ramifications of synthetic biology through art. We will select a group of international multidisciplinary participants composed of artists, designers, engineers, scientists and students who will cooperate within this bottom-up devised program. The methods will shift from workshops, laboratory sessions and field trips, to forums, seminars and lectures. It will comprise theoretical as well as hands on approaches. The first and second work period will cover the introduction to synthetic biology, its sciences and technologies, the work on associated questions in art, ecology, ethics and politics and practical experience in the laboratory and with experiments. The third work period will be an intense session to create prototypes for artworks. The time in between the periods is for developing and deepening the participants’ focus of investigation. Participants are expected to join work periods I+II after which the participants for the period III are selected.

    we are able to give partial support for travel and accommodation if required.

    The Finnish Society of Bioart http://bioartsociety.fi
    Biofilia – Base for Biological Arts -Aalto University Helsinki  http://biofilia.aalto.fi/en/
    Oron Catts http://www.symbiotica.uwa.edu.au/residents/catts
    Bio:Fiction http://bio-fiction.com
    SYNENERGENE http://www.synenergene.eu/

    Funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Union 

  • Yeastograms Workshops

    Posted on November 15th, 2013 eb No comments

    A bioart workshop with Lucas Czjzek from the Bioart Club pavillon_35 / Vienna Austria.
    Date: 9-11.12.2013
    Place: Pixelache and Bioart Society office Kaasutehtaankatu 1 00580 Helsinki








    For registration send an email to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi until 2nd of December
    No prior knowledge is necessary.
    Participation contribution 10.- EURO – Coffee/Tee included.
    Yeastograms are alive images out of yeast cells and produced in a photography like process.

    The yeastogram method has been developed by artists and scientists of pavillon_35. Lucas Czjzek, one of the developers, used this method for his work ANIMA http://pavillon35.polycinease.com/anima-1-0/ .

    During the 3 days workshop Lucas Czjzek from the bioart club pavillon_35 is showing a method to cultivate baker’s yeast and how to shape the cultivation according to aesthetic and artistic decisions. The workshop explores the utilization of living organisms in artistic formation and expression using amateur-biological techniques.

    First day 9th Dec. 17-21h: Preparation the culture medium and plating of the petri dishes. Design and  preparation of graphics stencils.

    Second day 10th Dec. 17-21h: Culturing of the yeast. Stencil exposure and incubation of the petri dishes.

    Third day 11th Dec. 19-21h: Review of the results, discussion of artistic possibilities, socializing.

    Lucas Czjzek was born and grew up in Vienna. He studied Digital Arts at the University of Applied Arts Vienna and took residencies in Berlin and California. Lucas worked as high-end chocolatier for a year and currently works as filmmaker and producer at a media agency. Since January 2013 artistic works with biological materials.

    pavillon_35 is a bioart club founded by Günter Seyfried and Niki Passath in February 2012 in Vienna to produce activities related to biological arts on many layers. http://pavillon35.polycinease.com

    The workshop is a coproduction of Pixelache and the Finnish Society of Bioart.


  • Cryptography for Postcards

    Posted on November 12th, 2013 eb No comments

    Cryptography for Postcards
    A workshop by Markus Decker and Peter Wagenhuber
    Date: Thursday 5th of December 10-16h
    Place: Made In Kallio, Vasankatu 14 Helsinki,

    For registration send an email to erich.berger@bioartsociety.fi until 29th of November
    No prior knowledge is necessary.
    Participation contribution 10.- EURO – Coffee/Tee included.

    The workshop Cryptography for Postcards introduces the basic principles of cryptography and cryptoanalysis with collaboratively created handmade ciphers and postcards.

    Cryptography as a means of secure transmission of information is a technology applied since the earliest days of human information exchange and did not loose significance. On the contrary, the current revelations concerning comprehensive surveillance and the resulting discussions about privacy are increasing. Cryptography is one aspect of digital self-defense, of how one can protect oneself and counteract.

    The workshop begins with an introduction of the terminology: text and code, key and encryption, language as an interpretation of signs and strings. It continues with basic cryptographic techniques finally explaining more sophisticated approaches like asymmetric encryption and quantum cryptography.

    The accompanying practical part will explore simple cryptographic mechanisms that the participants use to “encrypt” and “break” postcard messages.

    Bring your own postcards!

    Markus Decker
    is an artist who investigates natural random phenomena like radioactivity or electromagnetic noise as a means for cryptography in his recent Ars Bioarctica residency. http://www.firstfloor.org/ae/

    Peter Wagenhuber
    is a computer scientist with special interest in technologies and their impact on society. Currently he is a operator at the cultural network-based initiative servus.at. http://www.servus.at

    The workshop is a co-production of the Finnish Society of Bioart and Pixelache where it is part of the ongoing Knowledge & Experience Sharing theme of Pixelversity.

  • Apply for the Ars Bioarctica residency 2014

    Posted on October 22nd, 2013 eb No comments

    Apply for the Ars Bioarctica residency 2014

    Since 2010 the Finnish Society of Bioart is organizing the ARS BIOARCTICA RESIDENCY PROGRAM together with the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station of the University of Helsinki in the sub-Arctic Lapland. The residency has an emphasis on the Arctic environment and art and science collaboration. It is is open for artists, scientists and art&science research teams.



  • Deep Time / Deep Futures

    Posted on September 9th, 2013 eb No comments

    - a symposium on artistic responses to the dichotomy between human time-perception and time in biological, environmental, and geological processes, within which we are embedded.

    Time: 23rd September 16:00h – 19:30h and  24th September 09:00h – 16:30h

    Location: VILHO, Kuvataideakatemian seminaaritila, Sörnäisten Rantatie 27 C, Helsinki/Finland

    Accessible for everyone and free entry

    Amanda Crowley (AUS), Andy Gracie (ES/GB), Antero Kare (FI), Antti Tenetz (FI), Anu Osva (FI), Astrida Neimanis (SE/LT), Elizabeth Ellsworth (US), Erich Berger (FI/AT), Heather Davis (US), Jamie Kruse (US), Jasmine Idun Lyman (SE), Johanna Rotko (FI), Jukka Hautamäki (FI), Karolina Sobecka (US), Kathie High (US), Kira O’Reilly (GB), Kristiina Ljokkoi (FI), Laura Beloff (FI), Leena Valkeapää (FI), Markku Nousiainen (FI), Mia Makela (FI), Minna Pöllänen (FI), Ole Kristensen (DK), Oliver Kellhammer (CA), Oron Catts (AUS), Perdita Phillips (AUS), Pia Lindman (FI), Simo Alitalo (FI), Tarsh Bates (AUS), Tere Vaden (FI), Terike Haapoja (FI), Till Bovermann (FI/DE), Tuike Alitalo (FI), Zachary Reyna (US), Zahra Mani (GB)

    Program: Erich Berger, Pia Lindman
    Contact: erich.berger -at- bioartsociety.fi , piuska -at- mit.edu
    A collaboration between the Finnish Society of Bioart and the Finnish Academy of Fine Arts Helsinki as part of the Techno Ecologies EU project

    Schedule and more details