BIOTRICITY and BACTERIA BATTERY NO. 5
|31/05/2013 to 07/06/2013|
As part of Techno Ecologies, Baltan Laboratories presents the workshop “BIOTRICITY” and the installation “BACTERIA BATTERY No.5” at the STRP Meets DTW expo during The Dutch Technology week.
Sunday June 2, 2013
Location: Schellensfabriek, Vestdijk 280, Eindhoven, enter via Onomatopee on Bleekweg at Schellens Poort C
Time: 16:00 – 21:30
Workshop leaders: Rasa Smite, Raitis Smits and Voldemars Johansons
The workshop is free. Please apply* before 31 May via email@example.com
The workshop “BIOTRICITY” explores the connection between water treatment and green energy production. The workshop is experimenting with the ‘next-generation’ biotechnology (called – microbial fuel cells / MFC) and how it can be approached and interpreted through artistic perspective and cultural innovation. MFC technology is based on a bio-electrochemical system that converts chemical energy to electrical energy by using microorganisms – bacteria found in the commonly available resource such as, for instance, wastewater.
During the workshop participants learn how to make a cell from bacteria living in water and to built ‘bacteria-battery’ system. Participants will also be experimenting with using different energy sources (soil, wastewater), introducing with scientific visions and artistic approaches to this emerging technologies, as well as developing collaborative and conceptual ideas for “bacteria-battery” future design, tools for measuring and modulation that can be used for artistic interpretations, sonifications and visualizations. As a result of the workshop cells will be built, each of which will be producing about 0,6 V electricity. The cells will be connected together in a chain creating a “bacteria battery”.
Laptop computers are optional. To receive the electricity measurements from the cells, participants will need to bring laptop computers with installed environment that can communicate with Open Sound Control (OSC) protocol. The OSC is a protocol is available for most creative coding environments like Max/MSP, PureData, Supercollider, Processing and so on. The respective implementations can be found here: http://opensoundcontrol.org/im
NOTE: The printed flyer has the wrong workshop time! The correct workshop time is 16:00 – 21:30.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON-LECTURES – BACK TO THE FUTURE OF NATLAB
|17/05/2013 15:30 to 16:30|
Lecture by Joe Davis, The mad scientist of MIT
Friday May 17, 2013
Location: High Tech Campus 34 (Parking at P0 or P3)
Time: 15.30-16.30 – Networking & drinks afterwards with DJ Lady Aida
About ‘Friday afternoon lectures’
Long ago Gilles Holst, first Director of the famous Philips Natlab, already proclaimed in one of his official research reports, ‘researchers with sufficient freedom and an open mind are most likely to be successful’.
We believe Gilles Holst’s original vision for the Natlab could easily be forgotten in these times of increased specialization. Proactively addressing this issue, we, Baltan Laboratories, Holst Centre, and High Tech Campus Eindhoven, committed to setting up the initiative that revives the Natlab original spirit. Inspired by this idea, we invited Joe Davis for the first in this series of insightful lectures. Referencing his own vast and varied art-science research, he will show why boundaries between disciplines, like art and science, should cease to exist because they limit true freethinking.
Workshop Solar Graffiti at MU, Strijp-S
|22/05/2014 14:00 to 21:30|
|ART-REPUBLIC: URBAN ADVENTURES IN PUBLIC SPACE ARTWorkshop Solar Graffiti
Date: 22 + 23 May 2013
Location: MU @ Strijp-S, the Gerard Building: Torenallee 40-06, Eindhoven
Time: 14.00 – 21.30 hrs
Fee: 7,50 (including materials & food!)
Deadline extended! Apply by May 19 via firstname.lastname@example.org
The ‘Art-RePublic series’ is inspired by contemporary psychogeography, a concept originally developed during the 1950s by a Paris-based collective called the Letterist International. Founding member Guy Debord described psychogeography as “the study of the precise laws and specific effects of the geographical environment, consciously organized or not, on the emotions and behavior of individuals” (Debord, 1955). A more contemporary definition of psychogeography includes any combination of playful and inventive strategies for exploring the urban environment that inspire renewed critical awareness of our cultural, mental and urban landscapes.Through the Solar Graffiti Workshop led by David Darts and Jason Eppink, participants will be introduced to public space art and will work together to transform Eindhoven into an urban laboratory for creative experimentation. Participants create site-specific solar-powered installations of light and projection. Using inexpensive off-the-shelf electronics and other household items, participants will design and produce light projections and sculptures, and install them in the urban environment. As part of the workshop, a dedicated artwork will be developed for the new gallery space MU at Strijp-S.The focus will be on producing light installations for display in and around the city. Specific topics of study will include circuit bending and basic electronics and design work. Participants will experiment with the creative customization of electronic devices and will explore the interplay of darkness and light, and image and text. Public space installation techniques will also be demonstrated and discussed.
Suitable for: beginners to intermediate. Past experience working with electronics or public space art is encouraged but not a requirement. Workshop materials and tools will be provided though attendees should bring a laptop. Check our website for updates! www.baltanlaboratories.org
Essay: The Undisclosed Poésis of the Photovoltaic Effect*
text by Irma Driessen
‘The quantity of energy that the sun sends to the earth in a single hour is sufficient to provide the whole of humanity with enough energy for an entire year: a modest 150 billion kWh,’ I read in a newspaper (Trouw, 26 March 2013). That sounds promising. Every hour! The problem is harvesting that energy. We are glad if every now and then scientists manage to scrape the yield of a solar cell up by a percent. Good news is no news.
Bartaku wanted to see if he could copy a solar cell using only natural elements. He did it. Ingredients is perhaps a better word, his solar cells are for eating. Aronia, the apple berry, is an important component, the berry’s pigment converts sunlight. Carbon, that keeps the intestines clean, functions as the conductor. Together with just a handful of other components they form small, stacked constructions, a kind of haute-designed-cuisine. Participants at the event are able to assemble the solar cells before eating them.
Bartaku is an artist who is devoted to words. Words steer thought. He is not very happy that his tasting has been announced as ‘e-tapas’. The name falls short. It is not about ‘e-tapas’. It isn’t even about food. ‘E-tapas are part of something bigger.’ That bigger story, that’s what it’s all about for him. To discover this, you need longer than the three minutes it takes to construct the tapa and pop it into your mouth. To be able to tell the bigger story, Bartaku organizes workshops, or perhaps lab is a better word. Lab assumes experiment, exchange of ideas, co-creation.
He is standing in the food lab in the Ketelhuis, sprinkling a whitish powder (‘agar’) into a red substance as he talks. He carefully weighs a few grams. He is making gelatine. With the trappings of an alchemist. Carole Collet stands next to him; she is making miniature electrodes from cooked strings of pasta, wound with wafer thin strips of edible silver. Flakes of silver stick to her fingers. She has to make 144, assistants help her. They are preparing the components so that the public only need assemble the solar cells later on (= stack the parts). Fast food.
With his research, Bartaku wants to question our attitudes to energy. Industry doesn’t do this, using terms like efficiency, yield, economy. This leaves little space for our fundamental relationship with the world around us, the connectivity of everything, big and small. We are energy, he says. Energy cannot disappear, only transform. The transformation is what it is all about. Participants at his event don’t just eat an exceptional tapa followed by a chocolate made by Amaro, washed down with Aronia wine or beer, as so called ‘Temporary photoElectric Digestopians’ they are part of the bigger picture, although this is mostly afterwards and really only when you talk to him.
SUMMER SESSIONS: BALTAN RESIDENCY AT HARVARD MEDICAL SCHOOL
The application deadline for the Summer Sessions is extended till April 28, 2013.
Baltan Laboratories is sponsoring a Summer Sessions Residency in collaboration with the George Church Laboratory at Harvard Medical School, and Joe Davis. Research at the Church Lab, which is located in Boston, USA, focuses on new technologies for genomic & proteomic measurement, synthesis and modeling of biomedical & ecological systems — in particular, personal genomics and biofuels. Joe Davis’ research and art includes work in the fields of molecular biology, bioinformatics, “space art”, and sculpture, using media including but not limited to centrifuges, radios, prosthetics, magnetic fields, and genetic material.
Baltan offers one opportunity for an emerging artist living in The Netherlands. Applicants who are interested should apply via the Summersessions website at www.summersessions.net. The Summer Session residencies are intended for artists born in 1978 or later, and/or who graduated no more than 5 years before the time of applying. The duration of a residency is roughly 8 weeks in the period between June 1st and September 30th.
Research prototypes and pilot projects that can be produced in 4 to 8 week are best suited for this residency. Our preference is for creative research and development at the intersections of science, art, technology and/or society. We are interested in the potential findings and implications of blending artistic inquiry with science based research.
Have you been seriously pondering the Human Genome Project? Or perhaps you have imaginative questions about biofuels. Inquiring minds are encouraged to extrapolate ideas in the realm of scientific art and technology research in the areas of genetics and synthetic biology. Artists are invited to delve into genetics from a creative perspective. Alternatively, proposals that artistically inspect synthetic biology and/or sustainability are equally welcome.