Workshop

SPCS | Species – Season 1 “WHAT IS LIFE?” with Georg Tremmel

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Mold, rust, radioactive materials, pests.... The forces of nature that we cannot control are frightening and fascinating at the same time. What is important in creation is how we can collaborate with these forces rather than dismissing them as nuisances. FabCafe Kyoto presents a multi-season program that will enable participants to relate creatively to nature by encouraging a positive perception of "natural errors". The first season of the program, held over four sessions with bio artist Georg Tremmel, will aim at personalizing biotechnology.

Sun, September 11, 2022  UTC+09:00

14:00-17:00 (17:00~ Party)

Fri, September 16, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:00-21:00

Fri, September 30, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:00-21:00

Fri, October 7, 2022  UTC+09:00

18:00-21:00

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30 people

General Admission: 30,000 yen / Early Bird Ticket: 25,000 yen (first 10 people) / Under 18 Ticket: 10,000 yen (under 18 years old, limited to 5 people)

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Microbiomes, radiation, viruses, bacteria. We are surrounded by forces of nature that we cannot see or touch. They make up our bodies, are the source of our curiosity, and are sometimes the object of our fear.

In recent years, as evidenced by terms such as “post-human-centered design” and “multispecies,” there has been a focus on the idea of perceiving the world through the relationship between humans and non-human life and environments. SPCS (Species) is a serial program that will explore our relationship with nature through collaborative prototyping.

  • Through the program, participants will learn how to use scientific methods and information-gathering techniques to respond to the questions that emerge in their minds. In addition, participants will practice designing with nature through different prototyping activities. At each session, instructors from different fields will provide a new challenge!

    Click here for the overall concept of the series >>
    SPCS|SPICES  – A community exploring biological design

The theme of Season 1 is “DIY Bio”. The instructor is bio-artist Georg Tremmel. Georg has created a number of works such as “Common Flowers / Flower Commons” that point out the gray areas of biotechnology, which are neither defined as illegal nor legal. The theme of Georg’s work is “What is Life?”. It will be an opportunity to identify issues and themes that could lead new experiments and challenges.

DIY biotechnology is about citizens practicing biotechnology on their own, making use of familiar objects and digital fabrication. What is important here is not the pursuit of expertise or precision, but rather the use of scientific methods to look with curiosity at familiar phenomena. Don’t think that “science” or “biotechnology” is out of your realm of expertise; let’s explore the gateway to non-anthropocentric design practice by practicing DIY biotechnology together.

  • Introduction & Overview
  • “What is Life?” Group Sketch Exercise
  • “Hello World” Making a DIY Clean-bench
  • Petri Dishes and Pure Cultures
  • Wild Bacteria Sampling at Shoseien
  • Homework
    • Individual Homework: Make website, documentation, make DIY medium, more wild bacteria sampling
    • Group Homework: Discuss potential/possible/speculative projects

              *On the first day of the program, we plan to have a brief networking party at FabCafe Kyoto from 17:00.

              • Short Lecture: Cells & Life
              • Foldscope
              • Kombucha & SCOBY
              • Slime mold
              • Artificial Cells & Spherification
              • Preset Final Project Ideas
              • Homework
                • Individual Homework: Documentation, observe wild Bacteria & slime mold, make own microscope slides
                • Group Homework: Continue final projects

                     

                     

                      • Demo: Making Yeast & Bacteria Medium
                      • Assembling Yeastogram Maker
                        • Create Design, Grow Plates
                        • Optional: Growing Pattern Forming Bacteria
                        • Optional: Growing Color, Glowing Bacteria
                      • Idea Workshop: Ludic Labware
                        • What if we were to turn a familiar household appliance into a labware?
                      • Homework
                        • Individual Homework: Observe yeast & bacteria patterns, try to control patterns
                        • Group Homework: Prepare 5 min project presentation

                           

                            • Short Lecture: What is DNA? 
                            • Bento Lab: DNA Extraction from Salvia, Strawberries
                            • Introduction to PCR
                            • PCR & Gel Demo with Bento Lab
                            • Final Presentation
                            • Homework (For those who want to continue exploring)
                              • Individual Homework: Encode a message in DNA

                            *Communication channels will remain open after the workshop so that participants can continue to share activities and advice with each other.

                            • Georg Tremmel

                              Artist at BCL, Founder & Director at BioClub Tokyo

                              Georg Tremmel is an Austrian artist, living and working in Tokyo. He studied Biology, Informatics and Media Art in Vienna and London. Since 2001 he is working on biological, cultural, ethical and societal codes, creating objects, installations and situations for contestable discussions through the Aristic Research Framework BCL. Georg is currently a PhD Student and Project Researcher at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, working on ‘Ludic Cultures, Biologial Interfaces and Non-Human Agencies. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the metaPhorest Art & Science group at Hideo Iwasaki’s Lab at Waseda University and a Guest Lecuterer at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. Georg is a co-founder and director of the BioClub Tokyo, Japan’s first Open Biolab & Biohackerspace.

                              Georg Tremmel is an Austrian artist, living and working in Tokyo. He studied Biology, Informatics and Media Art in Vienna and London. Since 2001 he is working on biological, cultural, ethical and societal codes, creating objects, installations and situations for contestable discussions through the Aristic Research Framework BCL. Georg is currently a PhD Student and Project Researcher at the University of Applied Arts in Vienna, working on ‘Ludic Cultures, Biologial Interfaces and Non-Human Agencies. He is also a Visiting Researcher at the metaPhorest Art & Science group at Hideo Iwasaki’s Lab at Waseda University and a Guest Lecuterer at the Tokyo University of Fine Arts. Georg is a co-founder and director of the BioClub Tokyo, Japan’s first Open Biolab & Biohackerspace.

                            • Those interested in exploring human relationships with nature and the environment in creative ways.
                            • Architects and makers who are designing the relationship between nature and humans.
                            • Designers and creators who want to find new inspiration in natural phenomena.
                            • Planning and R&D professionals in companies working on circular design.
                            • Those who are interested in biology and biological design, and want to learn how to explore and collect primary information.
                            • General admission: 30,000 yen
                            • Early Bird Ticket: 25,000 yen (first 10 people)
                            • Under 18 Ticket: 10,000 yen (for those under 18 years old, limited to 5 people)
                            • Sunday, September 11, 14:00-17:00
                            • Friday, September 16, 18:00-21:00
                            • Friday, September 30, 18:00-21:00
                            • Friday, October 7, 18:00-21:00
                            • 30 people
                            • Conducted in a mixture of English and Japanese
                            • FabCafe Kyoto (554, Honshiogama-cho, Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto-city, Kyoto)
                            • If there are too many applications, there is a possibility that a raffle will be held.
                            • Photos of participants and discussions may be posted on loftwork.com at a later date.
                            • The program is subject to change without notice.
                            • Communication will be via Discord (no advance preparation required).

                            In order to prevent the spread of new coronavirus infection, we ask that you do the following when attending. We appreciate your cooperation.

                            • Please wear a mask when you come to the venue.
                            • In order to reduce congestion, we may not allow visitors who are different people from those who have applied to the event.
                            • Please wash your hands and disinfect your hands before coming to the museum.
                            • Please refrain from participating if you are not feeling well.
                            • The event may be cancelled if the government, Kyoto Prefecture, or Kyoto City requests that the store be closed or the event be canceled. 

                            Please be advised that the event period is subject to change without prior notice due to changes in international conditions, their effects, logistical delays, etc.

                            Information

                            Date & Time

                            Sun, September 11, 2022 14:00-17:00 (17:00~ Party) UTC+09:00
                            Fri, September 16, 2022 18:00-21:00 UTC+09:00
                            Fri, September 30, 2022 18:00-21:00 UTC+09:00
                            Fri, October 7, 2022 18:00-21:00 UTC+09:00

                            Venue

                            FabCafe Kyoto / MTRL KYOTO
                            Motoshiogamacho 554, Kyoto Shimogyo-ku, Kyoto, 600-8119, Japan
                            * No parking is available.
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                            Fee

                            General Admission: 30,000 yen / Early Bird Ticket: 25,000 yen (first 10 people) / Under 18 Ticket: 10,000 yen (under 18 years old, limited to 5 people)

                            Capacity

                            30 people

                            Organizers & Sponsors

                            Organizer: FabCafe Kyoto

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