What is Art to you?

For me, art is like a radical enlightenment – not a religious thing, but a grounding egalitarian and democratic force as core values, and these connections are strong between radical enlightenment (look up ‘A Revolution of the Mind’ by Jonathan Israel), Hacktivism, Situationism, Media Art practice and networked art, alongside punk and DIY culture. This is my home, and where my best friends live, whether it be through the networks we all use, or in their writings and thoughts, or through their critically aware and engaged, artistic practice, at various levels it is not fixed.

Marc  Garrett – Futherfield

So that is 2013

So that is 2013,

smelting underground

Far from the worst and close to the best.

The baby grows into a toddler, her language assembles, she walks and grows a head of hair.

More labs in strange places, a ship and an office.

Camps on an Island and at Allenhead.

Places connected by sharing of the industrial era, and the post industrial.

Parsons, Schmidt, Armstrong and Stephenson. Some bearded protos connected through weaponry, telescopes and factories

Baltics and the Balkans, important focii of friendships and geekhacktech. Technonomadism, with one foot in the local and one in the international.

We have always been GMO

Initially I wanted a paper about how we should liberate(not kill) GMOS

this progressed to a manifesto that was on its way to an exegenesis, before a lot more concepts became important.


My central motivation is utilitarian and democratic,

Genetically Designed Devices have the potential to replace large unwieldy and expensive diagnostic equipment, whether it is for detecting pollutants (such as mercury and arsenic) in the environment or metabolites in our urine.

I know that the door is opening to trojan non-food genetic products such as the blue carnation(worldwide) and the glofish(us -cal only). There are already ‘release attempts(solar glofish)’ of these transgenic animals into the environment. There had been non transgenic glofish on the market, but they were fabricated……by injecting dyes into transparent fish, leading to limited lifespans.


Everyone is familiar with the spider silk goat, dolly the sheep, alba the bunny(10 years and still not out of captivity). And yet when it some to far simpler organisms such as bacteria with a gene construct, paranoia, and liability concerns prevents their exhibition.

(and their use in a home type situation)

Walls with built in growing pollutant detectors.

During my time at Interactivos’10 Science de Barrio. I started thinking, what is we could use these bacteria as sentinels, as genetic canaries, to warn of changes in the local environment, to be able to detect areas polluted with heavy metals and radioactivity. As beacon organisms. But what would need to chance for this?

A large shift in the EU publics attitude to GMO/GE technology. In my research i came across a number of manifestos of ANTI-GM websites, and to me it more seemed to be talking about distrusting the purpose oF GMOs , as well as the technology. More so, what might be a problem in industrial processing, (for instance the tryptophan deaths) is attributed entirely to GMOs

I have listened with interest to Orons talk on the first day, and how this democratic Asolimir conference got no media, and the idea was not considered important until Genetech floated with an insulin producing bacteria. This product has probably saved many lives, what with transgenic GH production, there has been a marked decrease in prion based disease.

Freeman dyson said that Genomes will be a new paint,……I don’t think so.. but he did have a point, what if adepts in plant breeding and animal breeding suddenly had this genome editing methods?

Will the brew shop be partnered with a biotech hobby shop?

Or will you pick up new devices from the mobile biotech lab that visits your neighborhood each week?

I have waited 10 years

I can wait a few more…..


professor Linda Smith

professor Linda Smith

Originally uploaded by Dr Brian
Professor Linda Smith, Chancellor’s Professor; Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science,Indiana University presented an extended talk entitled Words, actions, objects, and abstractions: Overlapping loops of cause and consequence in developmental process put on by the the The Cognition and Communication Research Centre at Northumbria University Cocolab.org

In 2008 I went to an interesting talk hosted by the cocolab at Northumbria. At that stage I wasn’t near having a baby with my girlfriend/later to be wife.
However, it was superinteresting, how can scientists experiment with children in a careful, considerate and informative way.
And what were they discovering? Basically, reading healps a child increase her vocabulary, and may help them to pass certain developmental phases earlier.

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Professor Linda Smith, Chancellor’s Professor; Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences and Cognitive Science,Indiana University presented an extended talk entitled Words, actions, objects, and abstractions: Overlapping loops of cause and consequence in developmental process put on by the the The Cognition and Communication Research Centre at Northumbria University Cocolab.org


This year, Bricolabs will be at Pixelache. For me, this will be the first time to be in an event with more than a few people from the bricolabs email list. One of the interesting aspects of Bricolabs, is their involvement in open source infrastructures, e.g. setting up a village with telephony with hacked nintendo ds + sip software. The other aspect is, interactions with local indigenous cultures, and cultures that aren’t anglo-english. Those concepts like Gambiarra, where novel use is made of locally available materials to hack things better.

In the autumn 2012, Pixelache sent out a call for programme planner for the next edition of our festival in Helsinki (16-19.5.2013). Responding in a collaborative fashion to the call on the theme “Facing North – Facing South, the Bricolabs network was the happy selected.

Gambiarra - Bicicleta
Gambiarra – Bicicleta (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Bricolabs is a fluid network created in 2006 to investigate – from a critical and creative perspective – the loop of free/libre/open content, software and hardware for community applications. Bricolabs promotes open debate and critical making on such themes, between people with diverse backgrounds, in areas of expertise from Latin America, Europe, Asia and North America. Special attention is given to affective networking as a shared value.

Bricolabs wants to bring a multilayer perspective to trans-local networking. It proposes a critical perspective on the usual north/south dichotomy, interested and rooted in deep resonant networks where the vital interaction between and construction of things, ideas, and relationships is ongoing, and borders are seldom taken into account. This is as true for geographic boundaries as it is for disciplinary ones – recently Bricolabs members have turned their attention to anti-disciplinary collaboration as an escape from the common traps of western/northern paradigms of development.

The Bricolabs programme will include live remote sessions with a number of collaborative groups sharing their perspectives from different parts of the world, as well as an exhibition articulating models of open source culture, translocality, DIWO, and subjective infrastructures. Several practical workshops will be conducted along these same lines. The festival will give Bricolabs members a rare face-to-face opportunity to meet and organise working sessions for particular collaborative projects. Bricolabs will also be facilitating discussions and panels, portraying collective efforts that take place across diverse practices engaging the work of artists, developers, thinkers – thus redefining the geophysical and virtual ecologies of their practices, as well as methodologies in the context of open source models and the theme of the festival.


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Remarkable discovery.

“The most remarkable discovery made by scientists is science itself. The discovery must be compared in importance with the invention of cave-painting and of writing. Like these earlier human creations, sicnece is an attempt to control our surroundings by entering into them and understanding them from inside. and like them, science has surely made a critical step in human development which cannot be reversed. We cannot conceive a future society without science.”
—Jacob Bronowski, Scientific American (1958)

DIY Science DIY Biology

DIY science is probably the oldest Science. Indeed, I see alchemists as being the DIY scientists of the enlightenment. In more recent times, I recognise people like Darwin and Mendel as being the curiosity driven DIY scientists of the day. For me, the rise of the current DIY Science is being facilitated by the prosaic reason of a surplus of materials, information, education, networks. My  motivation in being part of this is the idea that science should not be left to just academic and industrial institutions but should be democratised.

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Paula Stradina History of Medicine Museum


Transplantation of a dog-head in the GDR by Vl...
Transplantation of a dog-head in the GDR by Vladimir Demichow in 13. January 1959 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Paula Stradina was a prominent physician in Riga, Latvia, and bequeathed the  private collection of artefacts that started the city’s History of Medicine museum. The exhibition starts with prehistoric times, through dioramas demonstrating the state of medicine in those days. This includes skulls with reconstructions of arrow wounds, and the first operations in trepanning. The museum’s exhibition then goes through traditional and tribal medicine, the start of pharmacy, and up to modern times.
About the strangest thing at the museum is the panel on Vladimir Petrovich Demikhov and his experiments with dogs. In order to investigate heart and lung transplantation, the head of a small dog was grafted into the circulation of a larger dog. This showed that an organism could be supported by a circulation not its own.

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