2011 Festival

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL 2011

In 2011 the first Bio:fiction Science, Art and Film Festival took place in Vienna at the Museum of Natural History as a pioneer in its field. The festival was organised by Biofaction, providing information and dialogue about synthetic biology in an attractive, factual and entertaining way. Bio:fiction featured many events in three different categories; Film festival, the exhibition „synth-ethic“ and many interesting science talks.

After the original festival in Vienna, Bio:Fiction went on tour bringing a selection of our best films to people around the world. The Festival was in 4 different venues across the continents: Adelaide, Karlsruhe, Mannheim and HongKong.

PROGRAM

Check the details of the 2011 festival by scrolling down in this page or have a look at the pdf version of the program below.

ON TOUR

Following the first and original Bio:Fiction Science, Art and Film Festival in Vienna, Austria (May 13-14, 2011), Bio:Fiction went on tour having brought a selection of our best films to people around the world. The festival visited 4 venues in 4 cities accross continents; Adelaide, Karlsruhe, HongKong and Mannheim.

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FILM FESTIVAL

130 films from 25 countries were submitted to the Bio:Fiction synthetic biology film festival. In a first selection phase those entries were selected that fit the topic of the festival and fulfilled minimal technical requirements. Finally, 52 films were shortlisted and judged by an international jury that selected winners in 4 award categories. In addition to the jury, films were voted by the public through our online contest.

Winners

Fiction Winner

“(In)visible”. Sonja Bäumel

Documentary Winner

“E-Chromi”. Daisy Ginsberg & James King

Animation Winner

“Bruce”. Tom Judd

Special Award of the Jury

“Die Schneider Krankheit”. Javier Chillon

Online Audience Award

“Who are the engineers of the future”. Christina Agapakis & Patrik Boyle

Shortlisted Films

A Life
Kelvin To / USA, 2010 / 03:08
https://vimeo.com/33838447

Die Schneider Krankheit
Javier Chillon / Spain, 2008 / 10:10
https://vimeo.com/22096783

(In)visible
Sonja Bäumel / Austria, 2009 / 04:07
https://vimeo.com/22097924

Scentsory Design ®
Dr. Jenny Tillotson / UK, 2005/ 05:00
https://vimeo.com/22099932

All American Hero
Charlotte Jarvis / UK, 2009 / 07:00
https://vimeo.com/22104798

New Sensual Interfaces
Chris Woebken/ USA, 2007 / 01:25
https://vimeo.com/22103978

Grow Your Own
Thomas Thwaites / UK, 2010 / 04:40
https://vimeo.com/22103780

Winged One
Anna Lindemann / USA, 2010/ 14:17
https://vimeo.com/13404468

Beyond God
Tao Wang / Germany, 2010 / 02:17
https://vimeo.com/22100766

Perfect Body
Mila Burghardt / Germany, 2010 / 02:15
https://vimeo.com/22100397

Protocells
Rachel Armstrong & Michael Simon Toon / UK, 2010 / 11:17
https://vimeo.com/22115996

Local Unit
Tad Ermitagno / Philippines, 2006 / 09:18
https://vimeo.com/22119938

Wir trafen uns in einem Garten
Gerald Zahn & Ania Land / Austria, 2007 / 01:30
https://vimeo.com/22118913

Secret Machine
Reynold Reynolds / Germany, 2009 / 14:00
https://vimeo.com/22118745

Die Prozedur
Jonas Unger / Germany, 2006 / 05:12
https://vimeo.com/22116707

Dog[Lab]01
France Cadet / France, 2004 / 11:22
https://vimeo.com/22113010

Transformation of competent cells
Yakir Guri / Germany, 2010 / 09:22
https://vimeo.com/22112108

Gilles Coorporation
Vianey Meurville / France, 2009/ 07:09
https://vimeo.com/22111886

igem 2010 Team Slovenia project in plain english
Nejc Tomsic / Slovenia, 2010 / 01:30
https://vimeo.com/22111209

igem EPFL movie: Asaia, the pink force against Malaria
Solange Richter / Switzerland, 2010 / 03:22
https://vimeo.com/22111074

Hair in vitro
Robert Cernelc / Slovenia, 2010 / 08:06
https://vimeo.com/22110721

Synthetische Biologie: Ein neuer Weg der Evolution
Uwe Sleyter & Sonja Bäumen & Camillo Meinhart / Austria, 2010 / 03:25
https://vimeo.com/22109802

Cellularity
James King / UK, 2010 / 02:33
https://vimeo.com/22109483

Aphasia mechanica
Danny Warner / USA, 2010 / 03:00
https://vimeo.com/22109235

FunLab!
Susana Cámara Leret / Netherlands, 2010 / 02:08
https://vimeo.com/22109048

Smell Triggers
Susana Cámara Leret / Netherlands / 04:36
https://vimeo.com/22108931

Miniature Automata 12-13
Lycette Bros. / Australia, 2005 / 04:35
https://vimeo.com/22108544

Who are the engineers of the future?
Christina Agapakis & Patrick Boyle / USA, 2010 / 02:49
https://vimeo.com/22107225

Compound 74
Christina Agapakis & Patrick Boyle / USA, 2010 / 06:50
https://vimeo.com/22108028

Patents and synbio
Paul Muir / USA, 2010 / 15:00
https://vimeo.com/22106928

Sensorbricks
Lucas Schirmer / Germany, 2010/ 02:00
https://vimeo.com/22155907

Wir brauchen einen biologischen Existenzialismus
Reiner Maria Matysiks / Germany / 07:00
https://vimeo.com/22155722

Biotiffic
Rene Weilguni / Austria, 2010 / 02:40
https://vimeo.com/22155209

Origins of Life: Experiment #1
Adam W. Brown / USA, 2010 / 08:24
https://vimeo.com/22155018

The world of synthetic biology
Klemen Trupej / Slovenia, 2010 / 02:07
https://vimeo.com/22154476

Quasi-Objects / Cinematic N.07
Lorenzo Oggiano / Italia, 2006 / 04:38
https://vimeo.com/22154315

Bruce
Tom Judd / UK, 2009 / 03:00
https://vimeo.com/22154000

Transgenic Spidergoats
Sam Gaty and George Costakis / USA, 2010 / 06:12
https://vimeo.com/22153761

Pigeon d’Or
Tuur van Baalen / UK, 2010 / 11:46
https://vimeo.com/22153286

Synthetic Kingdom
Daisy Ginsberg/ UK, 2009 / 03:25
https://vimeo.com/22152486

Growth Assembly
Daisy Ginsberg/ UK, 2009 / 03:33
https://vimeo.com/22152229

Cinderella 3.0
Sebastian Harrer / Germany, 2010 / 08:00
https://vimeo.com/23578039

Molecular Porn
Allison Moore / Canada, 2005 / 03:00
https://vimeo.com/22151378

Creating Life: The ultimate engineering challenge
Kelly Neves & Dominik Rees-Roberts / UK, 2010 / 49:28
https://vimeo.com/22151147

The life alchemists
The Babbling Vagabounds, Dr. Sandrine Soubes, James Parsons/ UK, 2010 / 14:55
https://vimeo.com/22889779

OCCUPATION: movement II & III
Eric Schockmel / UK, 2010 / 06:30
https://vimeo.com/22142018

The thread of life: the ethical issues of synthetic biology for human health
A.M. Calladine / UK, 2010 / 37:00
https://vimeo.com/22139790

5 Questions: (the departure to an utopian synthetic biology future)
Veronica Ranner / UK, 2010 / 07:16
https://vimeo.com/22133236

Strandbeesten
Alexander Schlichter / Germany, 2008/ 32:00
https://vimeo.com/22132037

Super Cell
Katarina Sengstaken and the iGEM students from the Bauhaus University Weimar and the University Heidelberg / Germany, 2010 / 12:40
https://vimeo.com/22126294

Recobrain
Katarina Sengstaken and the iGEM students from  the Bauhaus University Weimar and the University Heidelberg / Germany, 2010 / 02:38
https://vimeo.com/22124434

E.Chromi
Daisy Ginsberg & James King / UK, 2010 / 04:30
https://vimeo.com/22124012

ART

synth-ethic presented art work related to synthetic biology: While artists increasingly use biotechnologies in order to manipulate living systems, the new field of synthetic biology aims at applying engineering principles to biology, so to not only modify but to build up „life“ from scratch. In the exhibition synth-ethic, internationally reknown artists questioned this new technological dimension and the deriving ethical stance when life becomes synthetic. Their works explored the areas of tension between molecular biology and ecology, architecture and biochemistry, technology and nature, cybernetics and alchemy.

ARTISTS

Rachel Armstrong – Protocells

Art Orienté objet – Que le cheval vive en moi

Tuur Van Baalen – Pigeon d´Or

Adam Brown, Origins of Life

Chanteau and Tour – Nanoputians

Joe Davis – Bacterial Radio

Andy Gracie – Autoinducer

Roman Kirschner – Roots

Tissue Culture and Art Project – Semi-living Worry Dolls

Paul Vanouse – Latent Figure Protocol

Have a look at the website of the exhibition to learn more!

TALKS

The first Bio:fiction Science, Art and Film Festival hosted many interesting talks and panel discussions with experts from various backgorund.

Have a look at some of them below or follow our video account to watch all the amazing discussions.

Panel Discussions

INTRODUCING SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Moderator: Markus Schmidt

Luis Campos

(Drew University)

Radha Krishnakumar

(J.Craig Venter Institute)

Michael Liss (Life Technologies, R&D Synthetic Biology)

Uwe Sleytr

(Univ. of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna)

Steen Rasmussen

(Univ. of Southern Denmark)

SCIENCE&FICTION: CINEMA AND SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Lecture with many cinema film clips

Angela Meyer

(IDC)

Amelie Cserer

(IDC)

Frans Meulenberg

(Erasmus University Medical Center)

ETHICAL ASPECTS OF SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Moderator: Konrad Steiner

Joachim Boldt

(Inst. f. Ethik u. Geschichte der Medizin)

Albert Ludwig

(Univ. Freiburg)

Simone Reiter

(HLFS Ursprung)

Norbert Hemetsberger

(HLFS Ursprung)

Max Habl

(HLFS Ursprung)

Birgit Wiltschi

(BIOSS, Albert Ludwig Univ. Freiburg)

Huib de Vriend

(Lisconsult)

DO-IT-YOURSELF AND BIOHACKERS: FACTS AND FICTION

Moderator: Astrid Kuffner

Jason Bobe

(Harvard University, DIYBio)

Jernej Turnsek & Tina Lebar

(iGEM Slovenia)

Sonja Bäumel

(freelance artist)

Johannes Grenzfurthner

(monochrom)

ART AND DESIGN WITH SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Moderator: Johannes Grenzfurthner

Rachel Armstrong

(Greenwich Univ, Avatar)

Daisy Ginsberg

(Synthetic Aesthetics)

Christina Agapakis

(Harvard University)

Joe Davis

(artist, researcher at MIT)

synth-ethic EXHIBITION

Moderator: Jens Hauser

Oron Catts

(Symbiotica/Tissue Culture and Art, Perth)

Andy Gracie

(freelance artist)

Adam Brown

(Michigan State University)

Roman Kirschner

(freelance artist)

Benoît Mangin

(Art Orienté objet)

SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY - SYNTHETIC ANTIBIOTICS?

Moderator: Veronika Schmidt

Sven Panke

(ETH Zurich)

Joachim Boldt

(Inst. f. Ethik u. Geschichte der Medizin)

Albert Ludwig

(Univ. Freiburg)

Helge Torgersen

(Institut für Technikfolgenabschätzung, ÖAW)

ETHICAL QUESTIONS IN SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY

Moderator: Huib de Vriend

Julian Kinderlerer

(Univ. of Cape Town, Univ. of Technology Delft, European Group on Ehtics)

Jens Ried

(Systematic Theology / Ethics, Univ. Erlangen-Nuremberg)

Gregory Kaebnick

(Hastings Centre)

Ursula Damm & Bernhard Hopfengärtner

(Faculty of Media, Bauhaus University of Weimar – Supercell Supermarket)

OUTLOOK ON SYNTHETIC BIOLOGY APPLICATIONS

Moderator: Georg Sachs

Vitor Martins dos Santos

(Systems and Synthetic Biology, Wageningen University)

Trygve Brautaset

(SINTEF, Trondheim)

Anton Glieder

(Austrian Centre of Industrial Biotechnology)

Philippe Marliere

(Isthmus SARL & Global Bioenergies)

TEAM

Bio:Fiction was a part of the project CISYNBIO: Cinema and Synthetic Biology, initiated by the Viennese organisation for International Dialogue and Conflict Management.

DR. MARKUS SCHMIDT

Producer

Working on safety issues in synthetic biology, trying to improve the science-public interface through collaboration with film makers and artists

CAMILLO MEINHART

Film festival planning and technical issues

Award winning documentary film maker, camera and post production

MELISSA SAAVEDRA

Film festival organisation, logistics

ALBERT BECKMANN

Film festival planning

BIRGIT SCHMIDT MA

Visual communication

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