MAKING_LIFE 2014 - 2015

art & synthetic biology

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Making_Life is a series of three work periods which allows a multidisciplinary group of practitioners to critically, and in an informed manner, engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical complexities of synthetic biology.

W 1 Day 1
The first day of what promises to be an intellectually stimulating week-long workshop has just concluded. 20 workshop participants (numbering...
W 1 Day 4
A Visit to the Korkeasaari Zoo ZOO: A set of enclosed animals providing a spectacle for other animals, some of which may be in a critical...
Exhibition descriptions
Below are descriptions of the works at the Making_Lifeexhibition.Living AshesBanana peels, beeswax, birch ashes, canola oil, coconut oil,...
PURExpress Protocol
Orkan Telhan https://www.neb.com/products/e6800-purexpress-invitro-protein-synthesis-kit "A rapid method for gene expression analysis, PURExpress...
W 2 Day 1
Insistent though as Andy was that it was nothing more than an introduction, it was clear, given the topics mentioned during his introduction -...
W 2 Day 4
Session 1: Encapsulation of Bacterial Ecosystems : practical led by Helena Shomar and Stephen Fortune This practical session featured a novel...
Star Beasts are go
The Star Beasts group is officially alive, and made up of group members Georg Tremmel, Stephen Fortune, Markus Schmidt and Andy Gracie. We are...
Star Beasts Log: Gregorian 201503
With the number of discussion threads proliferating on Basecamp we've decided to augment our planning, adding weekly Skype meetings to our agenda....
Living Ashes
We are exploring the implications of concepts of agency, matter, animation, life and death through the chemical process of saponification and...
Star Beasts: species, destination
Our team discussions have encompassed potential material, relevant experimental executions and delightfully tangential sidebars. The dialogue has...
Polyhedric Panspermia
Another update as we accelerate towards the physical prototyping period. Stephen has been tinkering with the Markus has been adding...
Interview: synthetic biology
Andy Gracie and Erich Berger with Markus Schmidt and Oron CattsMay 2015What does the term 'synthetic biology' mean to you? How is it different...
Synthetic Biology’s brief history and...
20 workshop participants (numbering diverse disciplines among their respective professions and specialisms) opened the workshop with the requisite...
Philosophical questions towards...
Tarja Knuuttila After the break Tarja Knuuttila delivered a lecture which traced the epistemology of models. Models are mathematical, oftentimes...
The Simplest Sensor Plating bacteria...
The day concluded with a group engagement with agar plates. The agar plate is a sensor - hermetically sealed until we decide to test it's...
Molecular biology
Oron Catts Molecular biology: central dogma, DNA, gene expression, proteins, restriction digests, gels, plasmids, vectors, ligase, PCR, sequencing...
Bead Based Assembly
What we did in the afternoon session was a bead based assembly in groups of 3 persons. We designed our own construct, the following one was...
(Why) Do-It-Yourself?
"Not just a DIY Bio guy"DIY BioAndy GracieIt is hot, it is Helsinki, and it is all a little tense, as Andrew Gracie, artist and co-founder of...
Build-It-Yourself
Why a DIY workshop: The Sottish/American Industrialist Andrew Carnegie once wrote, “My heart is in the work.” In a Gordian twist of the baron’s...
Synbio and technology...
Markus Schmit Markus Schmit works in the company named BioFaction which mainly is about risk assessment in biotechnology. He also runs the...
Synthetic Biology for a Suitable...
The morning started with a talk on “Synthetic Biology for a Suitable Bioeconomy” and tour at VTT by Merja Penttilä. VTT is a non-profit research...
Restriction enzymes
Paul Vanouse's talk was concerning DNA imaging, microorganisms and restriction enzymes. Restriction enzymes cut double stranded DNA at specific...
Observing bead cultures
The first task of the day is to check the results of the work we did with the Genomikon kit for constructing a plasmid for insertion into a...
Restriction enzymes - part 2
Next up is part two of the work with restriction enzymes with Paul Vanouse. The DNA itself is quite light and will generally float up out of the...
Protocells - practical
A protocell (or protobiont) is (according to Wikipedia) "a self-organized, endogenously ordered, spherical collection of lipids proposed as a...
Introduction to workshop 2
Insistent though as Andy was that it was nothing more than an introduction, it was clear, given the topics mentioned during his introduction –...
Xenobiology
Moving on from a highly philosophical exploration of life, the principal theory dump we received was courtesy of Markus Schmidt, who has joined our...
Panspermia or Not
We Are The Only Chance Our morning started with a interesting and quite in depth lecture by Rupert Mutzel – “Panspermia or Not” Important to note...
Working with anaerobic cultures
Oron Catts Inoculation: anaerobic bacteria from mouth - Using blood plates and salt plates to grow bacteria from teeth and gum.
Artificial extremophilia
Rupert MutzelThis session involved growing wild type and experimentally evolved Escherichia coli cells at various salt concentrations.Protocol...
Individual presentations
The third day of Making_Life workshop 2 started with individual presentations by some of the workshop participants. The idea was to present...
Encapsulation of Bacterial Ecosystems...
Helena Shomar and Stephen Fortune (See below for practical guide)This practical session featured a novel biotechnological technique for...
Protocells - talk
After the hands-on session we continued with a lecture by Martin Hanczyc who’s a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Integrative Biology...
Participant sessions
The last phase of the workshop (has it really been a workshop? or an event? a meeting? and encounter? a happening?) gives participants...
W 1 Day 2
"Are you ready to become a genetic engineer?" Talking (Oron): Molecular biology: central dogma, DNA, gene expression, proteins, restriction...
W 2 Day 3
The third day of Making_Life workshop 2 started with individual presentations by some of the workshop participants. The idea was to present...
Specification Update
This week we moved the discussion towards presentation in addition to implementation. We will avail of Helsinki FabLab to render/construct the...
Modelling the Payload
This week we finally began to discuss crucial presentation details, such as – what should the payload resemble physically Our sketches were...
Halophile Cultures
Andy GracieHalophiles are organisms that love salt. For example bacteria that flourish in salty conditions. In this practical session ...
Abiogenesis - Crystal Garden
The last session of the day was our attempt at creating a chemical garden, which is an experiment involving solid metal salts in an aqueous...
Making Liposomal Vitamin C
Practical Guide Adapted fromhttp://qualityliposomalc.com/ Materials Scale Blender Ultrasonic bath (if you don't have one, see instructions for...
W 1 Day 3
"Not just a DIY Bio guy" DIY Bio with Andy Gracie It is hot, it is Helsinki, and it is all a little tense, as AndyGracie, artist and co-founder of...
W 1 Day 6
It's the last day of the workshop and everybody is tired. But there is still work to do and thankfully people are doing it. Session 1: The first...
W 2 Day 2
We Are The Only Chance Our morning started with a interesting and quite in depth lecture by Rupert Mutzel - "Panspermia or Not" Important to note...
W 1 Day 5
"What I cannot create, I do not understand" -Richard Feyman The morning started with a talk on "Synthetic Biology for a Suitable Bioeconomy" and...
Yes, finally, an update from the...
It looks like we are driving toward a project. With no further due, we give you: "We have no reason to believe that anything answering to this...
W 2 Day 5
It was the last day of the workshop and so we reviewed the cultures, made plans for workshop 3 and did the obligatory killing of the creatures we...
Magnetic Bead Kit
After lunch and some sunshine (at least for a few ) we continued this intense day with a talk by Orkan Telhan about the magnetic bead kit! As a...
Synthetic Biology Tools
The day ended with a talk by Helena Shomar, on how she is using such tools in her scientist real life! She mentioned amongst other things, the...
Winogradsky Columns
Ramping up physical activity quite dramatically and in a departure from scheduled proceedings, the afternoon was spent constructing Winogradsky...

In the seminar, Making_Life participants will give an introduction to synthetic biology and why and how they are interested in engaging with it. Discussed will be key technologies, promises, the hype which surrounds synthetic biology and the resulting cultural perception. A key dialogue followed by 5 brief presentations will discuss issues and questions addressing synthetic biology in relation to society at large.

Saturday 23rd of May 2015,...


People


Andy Gracie
Antti Tenetz
Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa
Cecilia Jonsson
Charli Clark
Corrie Van Sice
Erich Berger
Haohsin Chang
Helena Shomar
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