International Festival
of Computer Arts

Project

Biobot: Laboratory situation

  • Design
Artist Zoran Srdić Janežič
Biobot: Laboratory situation

The project is dedicated to soft tissue engineering and developing a robot with functioning biological muscle which moves the body. On the frontiers of art that uses live materials to create new forms, these new creatures raise ontological and ethical questions about their status, new protocols of handling and question our attitude towards them.

In a laboratory situation, we are growing live neurons on a plate with electrodes which conduct an electrical signal. The signal is converted from analogue to digital, amplified and used for the manipulation of the Biobot’s movement. In Biobot 1.1 & 1.2, we designed the mechanical shell for the biobot in different shapes and with an information loop from the movement of the bot’s body, which can serve as information input for the neurons. This information can be retrieved, modified by the neurons and sent back to the technological body. In the next phase, the combination of technological and biological will be intertwined: the “artificial” moving mechanism will no longer be separated from the “natural” tissue.

Biobot envelops a concept of bringing not only new materials but also new processes into artistic practices and from that emerges a new artistic language. It uses scientific and technological development in a non-scientific way for the artistic composition of a biological and technological body. Biobot is a small-scale living entity with its own intelligence and its own rights to exist as a life form.

Artistic concept and development Zoran Srdić Janežič

Programming Matic Potočnik

Biosensing electronics Erik Krkač

Electronics, PCB design Gregor Krpič

3D design Cveto Kuneševič

Neural engineering BioTehna Lab / Kristijan Tkalec

Muscle engineering Educell Lab / Ariana Barlič

Production Kersnikova Institute / BioTehna Lab

Partners Kambič Laboratory Equipment, d.o.o., Educell company for cellular biology, d.o.o.

The artwork was created as part of the project konS – Platform for Contemporary Investigative Art.