2015 - 2017
Prototyp_ome is a collaborative and interdisciplinary laboratory on Biology DIY/DIWO. It is an initiative by Hangar and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park that gathers artists, scientists, hackers, makers and different social collectives which the aim to to re-visit, re-think, co-design and develop biological exploration’s processes, tools and technologies.
Prototyp_ome gathers an hybrid and interdisciplinary team covering different competencies and knowledges in its labs, the communities around and the common spaces between them. The mixture of profiles, fields and perspectives is fundamental in a project where the objective is the collaborative production of knowledge and where the starting point is the user's point of view, and not the institution's one, traditionally considered the only valid way to generate knowledge.
Projects by Program
Abstract / axes of work
1- [schizophyllumcheese] How to make cheese with Schizophyllum Commune. Apparently Schizo produces the same types of lactose coagulating enzymes that lactobacillus and cheese making microbes produce. When cheese is made with Schizo fermentation rather than lactobacillus fermentation it contains Beta-glucans and other anticarcinogenic substances
A collaborative, interdisciplinary research project, Open Source Estrogen combines biohacking and speculative design to demonstrate the entrenched ways in which estrogen is a biomolecule with institutional biopower. It is a form of biotechnical civil disobedience, seeking to subvert dominant biopolitical agents of hormonal management, knowledge production, and anthropogenic toxicity. The project begins with a speculative question: what if it was possible to make estrogen in the kitchen?
Open Source Gendercodes (OSG) is a project focused on developing an open source platform for the production of growth hormones. The development of these bioproduction technologies from the late 1800’s up to the present is entangled with power structures and ideological frameworks that have co-created bodies, subjectivities, and genders. Efforts to eliminate queer, gender non-conforming, non-reproductive behaviors - as well as increase heterosexual prowess and enable lifelong performance of sanctioned masculinities and femininities drove the development of these technologies.
Women may have numerous problems that can be detected easily through the vaginal discharge. The project could be summarised as the production of small acrylic plates or chips with four small canals to be built by a CNC, which at their ends contain small wells with reagent for the evaluation and classification of four possible problems that the woman may have by assessing the vaginal discharge. The problems are the following: candidiasis, trichomoniasis, bacterial vaginosis and cervicitis.
TransPlant: Green is the New Red is a transdisciplinary project of plant / human / animal / machine hybridisation started by Quimera Rosa in 2016. It is both a bio-art project based on a human hybridisation / plant as well as a human trans-identity process > plant. The development of this project is based on the interaction between different axes that, through different bio-hacking practices, try to produce changes of subjectivity and deconstruct narratives that present the body as a single unit.