Biofriction Radio is a collection of podcasts interviewing Biofriction artists in residence exploring evolutionary biology, artistic practices, and thoughts from experimental research with biotech.
In the podcast, Maddalena Fragnito and Zoe Romano, Biofriction artists in residence at Hangar, talk about the development of their project OBOT,(an acronym for Our Bodies, Our Tech). Through their research, the artists aim to implement a citizen science approach into the investigation of the women’s body around three conditions of life: teenagehood, fertility, and menopause. The project wants to identify a toolbox of processes and practices to design a replicable blueprint for a neighborhood-based wet-lab by gathering collective intelligence through DIT analysis.
Up until now, most of the biohacking labs have been focused on experimentation by attracting mostly middle class highly educated men. With OBOT the artists are challenging the complexity of the topic and lower the barriers for a more diverse crowd. OBOT aims to explore new open-source approaches with practices of collaboration, co-creation, and citizen science, by fostering an inclusive environment around womxn’s care, starting from a neighborhood level.
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