MAKING_LIFE 2014–2015

art & synthetic biology

Making_Life is a series of three work periods which allows a multidisciplinary group of practitioners to critically, and in an informed manner, engage with the socio-cultural, political and ethical complexities of synthetic biology.

Making Liposomal Vitamin C
Practical Guide Adapted from Materials Scale Blender Ultrasonic bath (if you don't have one, see instructions for...
22 April 2016
Participant sessions
The last phase of the workshop (has it really been a workshop? or an event? a meeting? and encounter? a happening?) gives participants...
29 March 2016
Protocells - talk
After the hands-on session we continued with a lecture by Martin Hanczyc who’s a Principal Investigator in the Centre for Integrative Biology...
29 March 2016
Encapsulation of Bacterial Ecosystems...
Helena Shomar and Stephen Fortune (See below for practical guide)This practical session featured a novel biotechnological technique for...
29 March 2016
Individual presentations
The third day of Making_Life workshop 2 started with individual presentations by some of the workshop participants. The idea was to present...
29 March 2016
Artificial extremophilia
Rupert MutzelThis session involved growing wild type and experimentally evolved Escherichia coli cells at various salt concentrations.Protocol...
23 March 2016
Halophile Cultures
Andy GracieHalophiles are organisms that love salt. For example bacteria that flourish in salty conditions. In this practical session ...
23 March 2016
Working with anaerobic cultures
Oron Catts Inoculation: anaerobic bacteria from mouth - Using blood plates and salt plates to grow bacteria from teeth and gum.
23 March 2016
Panspermia or Not
We Are The Only Chance Our morning started with a interesting and quite in depth lecture by Rupert Mutzel – “Panspermia or Not” Important to note...
23 March 2016
Abiogenesis - Crystal Garden
The last session of the day was our attempt at creating a chemical garden, which is an experiment involving solid metal salts in an aqueous...
22 March 2016
Winogradsky Columns
Ramping up physical activity quite dramatically and in a departure from scheduled proceedings, the afternoon was spent constructing Winogradsky...
22 March 2016
Moving on from a highly philosophical exploration of life, the principal theory dump we received was courtesy of Markus Schmidt, who has joined our...
22 March 2016

In the seminar, Making_Life participants will give an introduction to synthetic biology and why and how they are interested in engaging with it. Discussed will be key technologies, promises, the hype which surrounds synthetic biology and the resulting cultural perception. A key dialogue followed by 5 brief presentations will discuss issues and questions addressing synthetic biology in relation to society at large.

Saturday 23rd of May 2015,...


Andy Gracie
Antti Tenetz
Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa
Cecilia Jonsson
Charli Clark
Corrie Van Sice
Erich Berger
Haohsin Chang
Helena Shomar