LifeCycle | Creation: DIY Biology

Join us to co-create a collaborative dialogue on the future of life alongside biohackers, scientists, and artists.

Slime 3 by JL Settle, CC-BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr. 

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
Pier 17, Suite 800, San Francisco, California 94111 United States


February 22, 2019 from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-08:00)


$10 - $15

Around the world, maker spaces are placing the latest biological and genetic technologies into the hands of amateur scientists. From engineering new types of cheese or homemade insulin to tinkering with bioluminescent algae, citizen science initiatives are bringing laboratory science to the world, unleashing new forms of creativity and experimentation.

Explore the world of DIY science from the organic spirit of the petri dish. Bring an original idea — practical, outrageous, provocative — to spark conversations about how to re-imagine the human body. Together, we’ll discover what emerges when we connect the Global Hackteria Network to a Bay Area ecosystems of scientists, artists, makers, and researchers.

For those seeking an even deeper level of engagement, we offer a more immersive but equally experimental platform for a smaller group on Friday evening for a deeper engagement on various methods of germline interventions. A gene from a non-human could need to be inserted into the germline to make that person and their descendants interspecies/transgenic. We will introduce DIY tools & toys for playful speculations on who, how and where we can envision our future offspring human /non-human watermelon inheritable post-species palettes through a collaborative and performative workshop, with Marc Dusseiller, Megan Daalder, and Adam Zaretsky. (To participate, email with a short bio and interest).


6:30pm — doors open, demos
7:00pm — emergent dialogue
8:00pm — demos & networking
9:30pm — doors close


Megan May Daalder

Megan May Daalder is a self-styled guinea pig using video, performance, and science to investigate life on earth. She has a BA from UCLA’s Design Media Arts department, but most of what she knows has been passed down from her radical Dutch ancestors and a pinball wizard from Tennessee. Her work, Mirror Box, was an artistic examination of empathy which went on to become a research tool at the Brain and Creativity Institute at the University of Southern California. 


Anthony Di Franco

Anthony Di FrancoAnthony Di Franco works at the intersections of complex adaptive systems and computing, and focuses on democratizing access to technology, decentralizing infrastructure, and increasing the agency of individuals and communities. He is a co-founder and board member of Counter Culture Labs, a group of biohackers in Oakland, where he founded the Open Insulin project, an effort to develop an open source protocol for insulin production at microbrewery scale and organize patient-led cooperatives to manufacture it.
Additionally, he is currently pursuing computer science research on foundational technology to make software easy to create and modify for laypeople, built on declarative programming techniques together with techniques for representing uncertain information.

Kevin Doxzen

Dr. Kevin Doxzen is the Science Communications Specialist at the Innovative Genomics Institute (IGI). The IGI is an academic research partnership between UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco that aims to develop and deploy genome editing technologies to solve real-world problems. Kevin received a B.A. in Biophysics from Johns Hopkins University and went on to receive a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UC Berkeley in the lab of Dr. Jennifer Doudna. The Doudna lab is credited with co-discovering CRISPR genome editing technology, and continues to make advancements in this rapidly growing field. In his current position, Kevin aims to educate and empower the wider public to help understand the latest biotechnological advancements in genome editing and beyond.

Marc R. Dusseiller

Marc Dusseiller Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a Swiss-based transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics and synths, hardware hacking for citizen science and DIY microscopy. He also loves coconuts. He has co-organized the diy* festival in Zürich, Switzerland and KIBLIX 2011 in Slovenia, and countless workshops for artists, schools, and children as the former president of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. He has worked as guest faculty and mentor at various schools, including the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology (IN), UCSB (USA) and in Switzerland at FHNW, HEAD and ETHZ. In collaboration with Kapelica Gallery, he has started the BioTehna Lab in Ljubljana (2012 – 2013), an open platform for interdisciplinary and artistic research on life sciences. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination through Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art, bringing biohacking methods into kitchens and ateliers.

Ramy Kim

Ramy KimRamy Kim is an environmental health scientist-activist who works on biohacking and science outreach for public collaboration and knowledge-sharing. Currently President of Counter Culture Labs (CCL), she focuses on how to actively make CCL and DIYBio inclusive for all, regardless of their background. Ramy also works on strategy with the worldwide collaborators  of Open Insulin for the equitable development of an open source insulin protocol and drug distribution, intended for the commons for the Open Insulin. Her environmental justice projects involve place-based understanding of open civic data, air quality, and lead contamination rooted in participatory methods and community science. She devotes the rest of her time as Code for America National Advisory Council member in advancing public interest technology and is a Fellow for Open Architecture’s Pathways for Equity design leadership program. To slow down, Ramy enjoys gardening and scheming for better post-capitalist futures. She hopes to see you soon at Counter Culture Labs for any of their open workshops and meetings!

Kelly McVicker

Kelly McVicker is the founder of San Francisco-based pickling company McVicker Pickles. In addition to making pickles and other preserves, Kelly is dedicated to using food preservation, and fermentation in particular, as a vehicle for exploring our connection to the food we eat and the soil that nourishes it. She is a certified Master Food Preserver, has presented at TEDx, and regularly teaches classes on pickling, canning and other food preservation techniques across the Bay Area. Kelly offers many workshops, see her website for what she has on the horizon.

Tiare Ribeaux

Tiare RibeauxTiare Ribeaux is a new media and interdisciplinary Hawaiian-American artist, filmmaker and curator based in the Bay Area. She is the Founder and Artistic Director of B4BEL4B gallery, co-founder of REFRESH Art, Science, and Technology; and heads the Art-Science program at Counter Culture Labs. As an artist, her work explores the entanglements of human technologies, biology, and infrastructures with mythologies, the environment, and microbial/non-human species. She is interested in living systems, deep/dark/media ecology, rhizomatic networks, speculative futures, multi-species ontologies, and collaborative entanglements. She recently completed an international artist fellowship as part of the ZERO1 American Arts Incubator in Kyiv, Ukraine, a residency at the Center for Emotional Materiality at Southern Exposure, and has shown work both nationally and internationally. She has worked with the de Young Museum, California Academy of Sciences, the Contemporary Jewish Museum, and Fort Mason Center for the Arts, among others.

Adam Zaretsky 

Adam Zaretsky is a Wet-Lab Art Practitioner mixing Ecology, Biotechnology, Non-human Relations, Body Performance and Gastronomy. Zaretsky stages lively, hands-on bioart production labs based on topics such as: foreign species invasion (pure/impure), radical food science (edible/inedible), jazz bioinformatics (code/flesh), tissue culture (undead/semi-alive), transgenic design issues (traits/desires), interactive ethology (person/machine/non-human) and physiology (performance/stress). Adam runs a public life arts school: VASTAL (The Vivoarts School for Transgenic Aesthetics Ltd.) His art practice focuses on an array of legal, ethical, social and libidinal implications of biotechnological materials and methods with a focus on transgenic humans.

More Guests to be Announced.

LifeCycle Series

Throughout 2019, swissnex San Francisco will bring together experts from a wide range of disciplines to explore the questions we confront in an age of CRISPR, genetics, the datafication of DNA, artificial intelligence, and synthetic biology. Connecting artists and scientists, the LifeCycle series will pose challenging questions about where we want our tech to take us: not only looking at what is possible today, but how to be responsible stewards of our new health tech revolution.

Swiss Alumni

This event is free for Swiss Alumni based in the Bay Area. A limited number of paid public tickets are available. Special guests include students from the School of Management and Engineering Vaud (HEIG-VD).

Photo: Slime 3 by JL Settle, CC-BY-NC 2.0 via Flickr. 

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