Workshop – aqua_forensic par Gjino Šutić (HR) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI) November 20 to 23 2018 Bourges

BANDITS-MAGES, in the context of Rencontres, invited the students of ENSA of Bourges to participate in the aqua_forensic* workshop proposed by Gjino Šutić (HR) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI) from November 20 to 23 2018 in Bourges.

During the workshop participants will be get introduced to the problematics of contemporary invisible water pollutants through practice by mentors Gjino Šutić (HR) and Robertina Šebjanič (SI).

Through hybrid approach (combining science, DIY citizen’s science & art) these topics will be investigated in local environment.

These invisible chemical pollutants are very present and mostly are the legal & illegal drugs – mood controllers, antibiotics, antimycotics, painkillers, hormone pills etc.
During the workshop we will work on in-vitro experiments with pharmaceuticals to see what is their impact on the microorganisms.
Workshop will also include field trip – investigation of local underwater environment with the hydrophones for using auditory senses in research and scientific tools to analyse water on site and collect soil & water sample for further lab analysis.



Underwater Interception of *Biotweaking in **Aquatocene

DIY water analytics & effect of the invisible pharmaceutical pollutants in water

Duration:  4 days (4h per day)
Participants: optimal 10 – max 15 participant
– intro lecture on contemporary invisible water pollutants, their significance and research conducted under aqua_forensic project
– practical introduction in citizen’s science techniques & practices, DIY laboratory (tools, materials & setup)
– Into to basic DIY (do-it-yourself) water analytics

– practical intro to aquatic microorganisms

– practical intro in pharmaceuticals

in vitro experiments with effect of “locally popular” consumable pharmaceuticals on microorganisms (5 different species), participants will be invited to bring their “personal pharmaceuticals” to do in-vitro experiments with them

– ecological research field trip:
  * local water ecosystem exploration
  * field research with DIY science tools and hydrophones
  * sampling of local microflora and fauna (aquatic microorganisms)
– biological sample analytics (photo_safari hunt for microorganisms)
– DIY & DIWO (do it with others) conceptual science+art solution making for reducing overuse and pollution with pharmaceuticals


*Biotweaking – “act of improving biological organisms on any level, by available means, to exhibit and use to their full potential”, concept coined by Gjino Šutić to fully define his philosophy and work. Biotweaking mostly relies on DIY biotechnology – biohacking for achieving desired goals.

**Aquatocene – is a series of research-based artworks initiated by Robertina Šebjanič that deals with cultural, (bio)political and biological realities of aquatic environments and its consequences / challenges.

Place : 


35 rue de Séraucourt 18000 Bourges

more informations : Contact :  Olivia Earle : // direct line : +33 9 81 85 74 49

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