2009

BioLab

Photo: Nicolas Ferrando, Lois Lammerhuber

The heart piece of the first main exhibition “New Views of Humankind” was constituted by four public accessible labs. One of them is the BioLab, a wet lab for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art lab equipment amidst cloned plants.


The heart piece of the first main exhibition “New Views of Humankind” in 2009 was constituted by four public accessible labs: BioLab, was a wet lab for hands-on experience with state-of-the-art lab equipment amidst cloned plants; BrainLab, made visitors aware of how humans perceive their environment and all that their brain leads them to believe as they do; FabLab focused on making computer aided design and fabrication accessible for users and spans from interactive installations for intuitive first experiences to custom designed software for easy access to fabrication tools; and the RoboLab, where contributions from the spheres of art, design and research demonstrate how robots and humans already live together and interact.

Almost no other area of research has initiated as many discussions as genetic engineering and microbiology. The fact that it is possible to modify people’s DNA or even clone them, turns our view of the world and our moral and ethical concepts upside down.

The BioLab at the Ars Electronica Center provides insight to the inner structure of life, the structure of cells and DNA. At special workshops, “Hands-on” and “Do-It-Yourself” are important factors: cloning plants, looking at cells, analyzing one’s own DNA. The objective is an intensive analysis – not from the distance but based on immediate experience. The BioLab offers the possibility to try out scientific devices and examination methods like in a specialized laboratory, for instance, a scanning electron microscope with a zoom factor of 20.000. Our visitors discover the fascination and beauty of scientific pictures.

Read more about the BioLab on the Ars Electronica Blog:

Credits

Research & Development: Christopher Lindinger, Florian Bauböck, Irene Posch, Carles Gutiérrez Valles, Gerfried Stocker, Manuel Selg