Workshop: Living Ashes - Synthetic Biology Workshop

'Living Ashes' is a bioart project exploring the concepts of life and animation in the context of Synthetic Biology. This field is predicated on the notion of modifying and designing life using an engineering framework. Yet the concept of life itself is an arbitrary construct. The workshop inspired by this project will engage the audience in the creation of protocells, simple models of primitive cells used to study the origins of life and the ontology of synthetic life. The creation of these protocells will be done with basic materials: rain water, oil, fat and ashes. When these materials are combined under certains conditions they form beautiful dancing droplets, exhibiting life-like behaviour and interacting with each other. This workshop, led by co-author Helena Shomar, will engage the audience with the critical aspects of synthetic life while learning basic chemistry.


Day: 2015-11-07
Start time: 16:15
Duration: 00:45
Room: C361
Track: Biohacking



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