Our Genecraft Biohack is a day of workshops and talks exploring art and genetics. It is an event for creatives, scientists, artists and the intrigued to come together and creatively explore what humanity might look like in the future.
BOM's Space Biohack in 2016 was a sellout success drawing people from across the UK and overseas for a day of experiments, talks and DNA sonification. The Genecraft Biohack is the second edition of this annual event and will be focusing on genetics.
Synthetic biology, a relatively young discipline, operates with the task of redesigning the living world. The field holds immense promise, but also unprecedented risks, as we move from genetically editing food crops to engineering embryos. New technologies play with the very fabric of life in a quest towards optimizing and upgrading the body. In this context, the Genecraft Biohack is a place where hands-on workshops and discussions will urge participants to consider the potential roles and implications of new developments in the field of genetics.
Dr Simon Park, Senior Lecturer in Molecular Biology, University of Surrey
Simon will run a workshop isolating DNA from saliva and investigating ways in which to make it into ‘genetic ink’
Professor Simon Lee, Cambridge Fellow & Professor of Law at Open University
Author of Uneasy Ethics, Simon will discuss bioethics with a particular focus on art and science practices
Laurie Ramsell, exhibiting Artist
Laurie will lead a workshop investigating the idea of the body being ‘infinitely plastic’ and re-designing the human body for the modern city using bacterial cellulose and 3D printing
Gina Czarnecki, exhibiting Artist
Gina presents a fascinating insight into her artistic process to create the work Heirloom including the challenges and opportunities she faced whilst developing brand new processes, ethical issues and her collaboration with Dr John Hunt, Professor of Clinical Sciences at the University of Liverpool
Liz Rosenfeld, Artist
Liz is a Berlin-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance and film. She is one of the main members of the Berlin based moving image collective nowMomentnow, and in 2017 will be residing in London as The Goethe Institute Artist in Residence at The LUX.
As part of Bio Hack, Liz will present a 20 minute guided visualization/ sound performance entitled "The Current State of the Future." She will then lead an informal discussion regarding her current process and work, as well as talk about her interest in queer relationality, nature and epigenetics.
Ria Hartley, BOM Fellow
Ria is an interdisciplinary artist working across performance, devised theatre, video, installation and photography. Her practice focuses on memory, identity and human relationships but she also has a strong interest in epigenetics and exploring the ways in which trauma affects genetic activity. She will participate in a discussion with Liz.
Face Lab Liverpool
Face Lab is a research group from Liverpool John Moores University who will be using their handled Sense scanner to scan the faces of people in attendance. They will also take part in an informal discussion about the potential future uses of such technologies using Gina Czarnecki's Heirloom as a starting point.
Lifepatch is a group for citizen initiative in art, science and technology based in Yogyakarta. BOM and Lifepatch have a 5-year partenership and as part of this exchange, a visiting writer, artist and a producer will be offering differing perspectives on the ethics of genecrafting in Indonesia.
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This event is held in several spaces at BOM, some of which are currently not accessible by wheelchair or if you have difficulty with stairs. Please get in contact with Patricia if this may affect you - thank you.