Biofilia - Base for Biological Arts

NanoHacking: Converging Life and Tech at the Nanoscale

02.-05.12.2013 / 09:00 - 15:00

NanoHacking: Converging Life and Tech at the Nanoscale

Four-day workshop in LUMARTS laboratory in Otaniemi 2-5th December, 2013, at 9-15

During the course, the students will be introduced into the merging disciplines of art, science and engineering that meet at the nanoscale. But what is nanotechnology?

It promises huge beneficial impact on global health, sustainable energy and novel materials. At the same time utopian visions, science-fiction scenarios and fundamental fears are clashing at discussions in society. Throughout the course, we will lift the fogs of these superficial discussions and through hands-on activities get closer to grasp the world of the small. We will build our own simple DIY (do-it-yourself) optical and electronic instruments to learn more about nanoparticles and nanosensors, how to "see" them, how to "hear" them. We will also produce our own metallic and organic nanoparticles and finally experiment with magnetically controlled nanorobots.
''"Beginning with the telescopes and microscopes of the Renaissance, tools have played a critical role in advancing science and technology. Scientific tools provide us with abilities to observe and understand nature."''
One key aspect of the nanosciences is the fact that the traditional disciplinary borders of physics, biology, engineering, to name a few, are merging. With the current tools and methods of understanding matter on the smallest scales of atoms and molecules, only a true collaborative and transdiscplinary approach can lead to new insight, application and constructive discourse of its societal implications.
The course is accessible for Helsinki / Espoo high school students, and some Aalto students.
===Where ===
LUMARTS laboratorios, ELEC Sähkötalo
Otakaari 7B
Otaniemi, Espoo
=== Mentor - Dr. Marc Dusseiller (CH) ===
Dr. Marc R. Dusseiller is a transdisciplinary scholar, lecturer for micro- and nanotechnology, cultural facilitator and artist. He works in an integral way to combine science, art and education. He performs DIY (do-it-yourself) workshops in lo-fi electronics, hardware hacking, microscopy, music and robotics. He was co-organizing Dock18, Room for Mediacultures, diy* festival (Zürich, Switzerland), KIBLIX 2011 (Maribor, Slovenia), workshops for artists, schools and children as the former president (2008-12) of the Swiss Mechatronic Art Society, SGMK. Currently, he is developing means to perform bio- and nanotechnology research and dissemination (Hackteria | Open Source Biological Art) in a DIY fashion in kitchens, ateliers and in developing countries.
==== Assistant 1 -  DI Marika Hellman, lab manager Aalto Biofilia ====

Organised by Aalto Biofilia and LUMA centre Aalto.

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