• Recommended read: Achselhöhlen-Käse und farbige Fäkalien @ Tagespiegel

    Recommended read on Der Tagesspiegel (in German): Der belgische Künstler Tuur Van Balen hat in einer Installation durchgespielt, wie sich Tauben mithilfe von synthetisch umprogrammierten Bakterien im Futter zu Produzenten von biologisch abbaubarer Seife umwandeln ließen. So könnten die „Flugratten“ zu gefiederten Putztrupps werden. Achselhöhlen-Käse, bunte Fäkalien und gurrende Seifenspender…

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  • Synthetic Biology Gets Inspiration from the Sea

    by Olga Radchuck and Markus Schmidt (Biofaction, Austria) published on plos.org June 23, 2015. A solution for the problem of antibiotic resistance, threatening public health, may come from an unexpected source. Marine sponges, for a long time regarded as a source of a wide array of valuable metabolites, prove, once…

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  • Unlocking marine biotechnology

    By Markus Schmidt published on nature.com on 22.06.2015 Although marine organisms are known as a source of bioactive compounds with pharmaceutical applications such as antibiotics, antivirals, analgetics, immunomodulatory-, antitumor-, anti-inflammatory-, antiallergenic compounds, their potential still remains largely unexplored. Synthetic biology, in combination with a better ecological understanding, has the potential…

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  • Starbeasts – An Interstellar Zeitgeber (‘time-giver’)

    by Stephen Fortune, Andy Gracie, Markus Schmidt, Georg Tremmel Presented during MAKING_Life in Helsinki. Cyanobacteria (S.elongatus PCC 7942), continuous culture device, acrylic, electronics Star Beasts subjects cyanobacteria (‘blue-green algae’) to artificial evolutionary pressures in order to modify their circadian rhythms to the day lengths of exoplanets in foreign solar systems.…

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  • INTERVIEW Oron Catts/Markus Schmidt

    Read below interview that Andi Gracie conducted with Markus Schmidt and Oron Catts about Synthetic Biology during MAKING_Life: What does the term ‘synthetic biology’ mean to you? How is it different from ‘traditional’ bio-engineering? Markus: Of all the definitions out there I prefer to use the one elaborated by the…

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  • BIO·FICTION on Tour in Helsinki

    BIO·FICTION on Tour’s latest stop was Lasipalatsi Näyttely in Helsinki at the end of May 2015. Besides an exhibition including artifacts of artistic approaches to synthetic biology a selection of videos from the second BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival was screened. Take a look at some images of the event…

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  • Read our latest BIO·FICTION newsletter!

    We continue our Tour internationally and can’t wait to showcase a selection of short films from our festival and creative visions of future applications of Synthetic Biology. Read more HERE. Visit On Tour info websites for -> Seattle and ->Taiwan.

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  • Starbeasts at Making Life

    Making_Life Exhibition The exhibition took place in Helsinki, Finland, at Lasipalatsi Näyttely and presented artistic responses and prototypes as a first result of Making_Life. Five different groups composed from the workshop participants tested approaches for a critical cultural perception of synthetic biology. The exhibition also included a selection of videos from the BIO·FICTION Science Art Film Festival that took place last…

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  • Bacteria, Art and other Incommodities

    Biofaction’s Markus Schmidt will be holding a talk in Copenhagen on the 15th of May 2015; Bacteria, Art and other Incommodities: Bacteria in Art, Sciences and Humanities An interdisciplinary conference in cooperation with Department of Arts and Cultural Studies, Medical Museion and Goethe-Institut Dänemark, Copenhagen: 15.05.15 Arranged by: The Department of Arts and…

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  • Biofaction’s article in LEONARDO: Splicing boundaries: the experiences of bioart exhibition visitors

    Take a look at the recently published article by Wolfgang Kerbe and Markus Schmidt: Splicing boundaries: the experiences of bioart exhibition visitors in Leonardo magazine Vol. 48, No. 2, pp. 128–136; SPLICING BOUNDARIES: THE EXPERIENCES OF BIOART EXHIBITION VISITORS by Wolfgang Kerbe and Markus Schmidt ABSTRACT: Bioart can cross the line between the scientific domain and…

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