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Beyond the Lab: the DIY Science Revolution

Beyond the Lab tells the stories of a growing number of ‘DIY scientists’ around the world who are busily hacking, experimenting and inventing in the field of healthcare.

These citizen scientists often work with professional researchers to gather and analyse scientific evidence helping to understand local environment and face public health challenges such as air pollution, antibiotic resistance or disease outbreaks.

The exhibition focuses on three areas of DIY science:

 
It also features three innovative works created by artists who position themselves at the border between art, science and technology.
During a residency at the Ars Electronica Futurelab in Linz, Austria, they worked with curators and scientists to develop artworks proposing future visions of science and technology for individuals and the society.

 

Citizen Science: the power of the crowd


Shazia Ali–Webber: The campaigner for clean air (UK)

Shazia is an active campaigner for clean air in London and uses air monitoring devices to measure pollution in their homes and neighbourhoods so that families and children can take less polluted paths in her area.

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Photo credit: Angela Moore

Doreen Walther: The mosquito mapper (DE)

The Mosquito Atlas project creates a nationwide network of amateur mosquito catchers, who mail thousands of mosquitoes to Doreen every year from all across Germany, helping her to provide a vital monitoring service that helps the government predict and plan for potential disease outbreaks.

Website

Photo credit: Angela Moore

 

Health hacking: Patients doing it for themselves


Tim Omer: The diabetes hacker (UK)

Tim has type 1 diabetics and decided to hack and build his own medical devices and apps in order to share ways to bring down the cost of diabetes care and improve on what is available from healthcare providers.

Website

Photo credit: Angela Moore

Pedro Oliveira and Helena Canhão: The online innovation hub (PT)

Pedro and Helena set up Patient Innovation, an organisation that works to share DIY medical solutions with a worldwide audience and supports patients and carers to launch businesses based on their ideas.

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Photo credit: Angela Moore

Sara Riggare: The expert patient (SE)

Sara uses a range of wearable technologies to record her condition, track symptoms and customise her treatments of Parkinson’s disease. Then she shares her experiences with other patients online and encourages them to take control of their own healthcare.

Website

Photo credit: Angela Moore

 

DIY Biology: out of the lab and into the home


Philipp Boeing and Bethan Wolfenden: The lab in a box (UK)

Philip and Bethan’s Bento Lab is a laptop-sized box compressing a lab’s worth of scientific instruments and making biology accessible to anyone without requiring a professional lab.

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Photo credit: Angela Moore

Pieter van Boheemen: The DIY antibiotics hunters (NL)

In his lab, Pieter crowdsources new antibiotics from soil, plant and flower extracts’s with people from around the world invited to search for a solution to antibiotic resistance.

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Photo credit: Angela Moore

 

 

 

Art and DIY Science: 3 artworks, 4 artists


Anouk Wipprecht: Agent Unicorn (NL)

3D-printed unicorn horn-shaped headsets designed for children with ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) that log what strikes their attention and improve ADHD care.

Website

Photo credit: Marije Dijkema

Lucy McRae: The Institute of Isolation (UK)

an observational fictional documentary exploring the idea of body optimisation through reactions to sensory deprivation and extreme isolationW

Website

Photo credit: Michael Mayr

Jakob and Lea Illera: BeBots (AT)

nanorobots able to block the appetite for unhealthy food, exploring further the relationship between robots and humans

Website

Concept 3D: Christian Kittner