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Encounters among species

Bio-Xeno

An introductory workshop to microbiology and biohacking, led by Gaia Leandra and Ce Quimera

Courses and workshops

An invitation to observe and speculate on the invisible life surrounding us

“Nothing is more queer than nature”
Brigitte Baptiste

 

In this workshop Ce Quimera and Gaia Leandre propose to collectively explore the diversity of organisms in an ecosystem. To do this, we will let ourselves be inspired by the works of two scientists and thinkers, Lynne Margulis and Donna Haraway, on which the exhibition "Science Friction" is also based. Through biological and artistic practices, we will question how different microorganisms live and co-exist interacting with the environment. We will address ecological communities: how to define an ecosystem, how different communities maintain and generate themselves, why the human body is an ecosystem and not an individual. We will shift our anthropocentric vision, conditioned by the belief that humans are the measure of all things, to a worldly outlook that introduces the invisible: all surfaces are covered with life.

To show this invisible life, we will borrow from the techniques and practices of microbiology and biohacking, to generate means of visibility for the human eye. We will experiment with different culture media to make microorganisms grow. With the aid of microscopes and an atlas, we will observe, recognise and speculate on the single-celled organisms that make up the Protoctista kingdom. At the end of the workshop, we will visit the exhibition "Science Friction" together, with this new appreciation for the life that we normally do not perceive.

First session contents

Introduction to microbiology and lab safety.
Explanation of the microbiome and concepts of ecology.
Sterilisation and preparation of culture media and Petri dishes.
Collection of microorganisms.

Day: 30 October
Time: 16.00-20.00
Place: wetlab of the centre for art research and production, Hangar

Second session contents

Introduction to the world of microscopes.
Collective recognition of species with the aid of an atlas.
Drawing microorganisms.
Visit to the exhibition "Science Friction".

Day: 9 November
Time: 18.30-20.30
Place: CCCB

Workshop organised by Hangar 's wetlab and CCCB in the framework of the exhibition "Science Friction".

Participants: Gaia Leandra, Ce Quimera

This activity is part of Science Friction, Encounters among species

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