DIYBio Barcelona was born after a brief meeting at Fab12. Our activity started at Made Makerspace on 2012, until we moved to Hangar on March 2016. Conexion directa con Nuria Conde
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Re-ocurring biohacking architectures
Along the years, biohackers alike have been working on exploring / building / opening / "making" (you name it) laboratories in lay settings.
Sir William Thomson in his address at the University of Bangor in Wales in 1885, when opening a suite of new physics and chemistry laboratories to be managed by one of his prote ́ge ́s, Andrew Gray (later his successor at Glasgow). There he remarked: “The laboratory of a scientific man is his place of work. The laboratory of the geologist and naturalist is the face of this beautiful world. The geologist’s laboratory is the mountain, the ravine, and the seashore. The naturalist and the botanist go to foreign lands, to study the wonders of nature, and describe and classify the results of their bservations.” Of course, Thomson’s conclusion to all this was that these field practitioners must have recourse to the indoor appliances of the “laboratory properly so-called” for thorough and detailed examination: the naturalist in the laboratory equipped with a microscope learned more that way than by “merely looking at external beauties.”
Such a laboratory-centered representation of science was not popular with some field workers in the life sciences who objected to this proclaimed hegemony of the laboratory as a disciplinary epicenter. This theme has also been discussed by Eugene Cittadino in his study of Darwinian plant ecology in the late nineteenth-century German empire: the title of his book Nature as the Laboratory is a reference to the way in which the Teutonic practitioner Ernst Stahl resented the restrictions placed by laboratory traditions on the study of plants and declared, apparently on many occasions, “My laboratory is Nature.”
Here are some example that inspire us and which we find can/should inspire you!