After two years in the making, our new open access book is now available!

Markus Schmidt (ed.)

Grain & Noise – Artists in Synthetic Biology Labs

Constructive Disturbances of Art in Science

In our book we present the collaboration between scientists and artists in the form of Artist-in-Lab residencies. These residencies may not only cause a productive disturbance for a day’s work in the laboratory, but also reveal new ways of understanding. Biofaction has brought together four artists and synthetic biologists throughout Europe in a residence program that spans four truly cross-disciplinary collaborations. The contributors to this volume share their reflections of the dynamic frictions that occurred when their artistic and scientific worlds met.

These stories, where chemistry labs, tobacco plants, genetically edited bacteria, and new-to-nature enzymes collide with music, photography, film, and visual arts, infuse the ongoing dialogue between art and sciences with grain, noise, and synergies.

With contributions from: Markus Schmidt, Jens Hauser, Karel Doing, Julian Ma, Cathy Moore, Kathrin Göritzer, Eduardo R. Miranda, Pablo I. Nikel, Lara Tabet, Victor de Lorenzo, Isabelle Andriessen, Lee Cronin and Claudia Schnugg.

The book is available in two forms: as hardcopy (as of May 2023) and as an open access pdf.

March 2023, ca. 200 pages
ISBN: 978-3-8394-6516-5
file size: ca. 29.8 MB