• HYBRID MATTERs Symposium

    Posted on September 26th, 2016 eb

    The HYBRID MATTERs Symposium will take place 24th and 25th of November at the Theatre Academy of the University of the Arts Helsinki.

    HYBRID MATTERs investigates hybrid ecologies, the convergence of our environment with technology and essentially the intentional and unintentional transformation of our planet through human activity. In a hybrid ecology biological actors like humans, animals and plants share a life-world with machines, networks and increasingly also genetically altered organisms and other post-natural actors. A hybrid ecology is a thought vehicle which enables us to expand our concept of the environment, to re-evaluate our idea of an external nature and to rethink our relationship to the world. As we humans drive this process of hybridization we are part of the biological and technological.

    Confirmed keynote speakers are:

    Jussi Parikka – Professor in technological culture & aesthetics at Winchester School of Art (University of Southampton)

    Jennifer Gabrys – Reader in the Department of Sociology at Goldsmiths, University of London

    Steen Rasmussen – Professor at the Center for Fundamental Living Technology (FLinT), University of Southern Denmark

    Keynote respondent:

    Cecilia Åsberg – Professor and chair of Gender, Nature, Culture, Linköping University


    Kristina Lindström, Åsa Ståhl, Thora Petursdottir, Björn Wallsten, Kira O’Reilly, Tuija Kokkonen, Laura Beloff, Jens Hauser, Jonas Jørgensen, Monika Bakke, Erich Berger, more to be confirmed

    Please register here

    Artistic and scientific committee:

    Erich Berger – Bioartsociety Helsinki, Laura Beloff – IT University Copenhagen, Asa Stahl and Kristina Lindström – Malmö University, Kira O’Reilly – University of the Arts Helsinki


    Posted on August 10th, 2015 eb





    HYBRID MATTERs is a two year Nordic art&science network program which investigates the convergence of the physical and digital world into a hybrid ecology.

    The Nordic Network is headed by Finnish Society of Bioart together with ITU Copenhagen, Malmö University, Kunsthall Grenland, Forum Box and Nikolaj Kunsthal.


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  • MAKING_LIFE – Exhibition

    Posted on May 24th, 2015 eb


    Artistic responses to synthetic biology


    Vernissage: Friday 22nd of May 17:30-19h
    Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12-18h until Sunday 31st of May
    Location: Lasipalatsi Näyttely: Mannerheimintie 22-24, Helsinki

    Art and science are both practices that are based on intellectual creativity; they shape our experience, perception and knowledge of the world. Science and technology, being major societal and cultural activities, are potent forces which are transforming life and influence society on every level. Therefore, critical reflections of new technologies are important for developing our understanding, while artistic imaginations offer us new ways to interpret new realities. The Making_Life exhibition at Lasipalatsi Näyttely presents the results of such a critical reflection.

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  • Open call for collaborators Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs

    Posted on May 3rd, 2015 eb

    Field_Notes – HYBRID MATTERs is an art&science field laboratory organized by the Finnish Society of Bioart at the Kilpisjärvi Biological Station in Lapland/Finland. Five groups, hosted by Marko Peljhan and Matthew Biederman (Arctic Perspective Initiative – API) with Leena Valkeapää, Richard Pell and Lauren Allen (Center for Postnatural History), Antye Greie aka AGF, Antti Tenetz and Lea Schick will work for one week in the sub-Arctic Lapland. Together with a team of five selected collaborators, they will develop, test and evaluate specific interdisciplinary approaches in relation to the notion of Hybrid Ecology.

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  • HYBRID MATTERs – open call for artwork productions in the Nordic countries

    Posted on March 2nd, 2015 admin

    HYBRID MATTERs is a two year Nordic network program which investigates the convergence of the physical and digital world into a hybrid ecology.

    HYBRID MATTERs is an interdisciplinary and integral program  consisting of artistic research, citizen art&science and artistic field work activities, the production of artworks, a touring exhibition, workshops and a final conference.

    HYBRID MATTERs will select two Nordic artists or artist groups who will receive each a production grant of EURO 10.000 to produce a work for the HYBRID MATTERs touring exhibition in 2016. The exhibitions will be at Kunsthall Grenland in Porsgrunn/NO (March 2016), Nikolaj Kunsthall in Copenhagen/DK (July 2016) and Forum Box in  Helsinki/FI (October 2016).


    Artists and artist groups from or based in the Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Island, Norway, Sweden, Faroe Islands, Greenland and Aland.


    Friday 3rd of April 2015


    We are looking for proposals of new works which address and respond to convergent ecologies and examine the digital as a converging factor. We consider anything with a physical and digital aspect at the same time as hybrid matter and thus an actor in a hybrid ecology. For more information please visit http://hybridmatters.net

    Application process

    Apply via http://hybridmatters.net

    For questions please contact info@bioartsociety.fi

  • Synthetic Life – a lecture by researcher Martin Hanczyc 27 Novemberhttp://bioartsociety.fi/ml_stage 18:30h

    Posted on November 17th, 2014 eb

    The Finnish Society of Bioart cordially invites to a lecture by researcher Martin Hanczyc and a subsequent discussion with artists and scientists

    November 27th, 18:30h, The House of Science and Letters, room 404, Kirkkokatu 6, Kruunuhaka, Helsinki.

    The work of Martin Hanczyc is focused on understanding the fundamental principles of living and evolving systems through experimental science. To this end, he builds synthetic systems where dynamic life-like properties emerge in simple chemical experiments. He will present an experimental model of synthetic biology: chemically-active oil droplets. This system has the ability to sense, metabolize and the potential to evolve. Specifically, Martin will present how motile droplets may form the basis for intelligent and self-replicating materials.

    Martin Hanczyc is developing novel synthetic chemical systems based on the properties of living systems, in a quest to understand how life forms. These synthetic systems, or “protocells,” are model systems of primitive living cells and chemical examples of artificial life.

    Martin Hanczyc is Principal Investigator at the University of Trento, Italy. He was an Associate Professor at the Institute of Physics and Chemistry at the University of Southern Denmark and Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Bartlett School of Architecture, University College London and Chief Chemist at ProtoLife. Martin actively develops outreach for his research by giving several public lectures and collaborating with architects and artists in several exhibitions world wide including the Architecture Biennale in Venice Italy in 2010 to bring experiments out of the lab and into the public space. Martin gave an invited public lecture at TED, and his work was featured on Through the Wormhole with Morgan Freeman.

    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. Other approaches are dealing with making novel life-forms from “scratch” like in the case of protocell research of Martin Hancyzk. 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.

    The lecture is part of Making_Life, 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.