Awesome Space in the Basement

Well….we are finally getting somewhere with setting up a functional lab space in the basement at The Edge. Last week I cleaned all the surfaces and mopped the area to try and limit the further spread of a fungal infection that had permeated through the kombucha cultures. It was sad to watch the lovely thick mats …

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An Update: Organising Spaces and Materials

Well…it is all starting to happen. I have started to organise the basement area to enable a better workflow for Kombucha growing and other bio-related activities. I’ve done most of the groundwork for setting up a plant micropropagation work area and hope to begin actively experimenting in the next few weeks. I will start my exploration of …

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Alpha build complete

Phil and I have been working on our game, Mojo, for a couple of months now and we’re proud to announce that the first alpha build is complete. Although most of the core mechanics have been implemented, as well as a lot of the art, we’re keeping the testing in-house for now. Don’t worry though, …

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How to book an Edge workshop

We’ve been fielding a lot of questions of late about the best way to book a workshop at The Edge. We’ve made some changes from last year, so here’s our little how to guide for 2013. On the second Tuesday of each month the program for the coming two months will be available for viewing …

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TIMELAPSE POD

Along with setting up a wet lab area for workshops, I am also hoping to produce a basic timelapse video pod for capturing the growth of plants, fungi and micro-organisms.  The idea so far is to develop a self-contained system with built in LED growth lights, heating system, USB camera and basic microscope camera, as …

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DIY LAB TOOLS

Along with the idea of building a DIY laminar flow hood to reduce some of the initial set up costs, I have also looked at options for DIY incubators and centrifuges. INCUBATOR Laboratory incubators are surprisingly expensive, but are pretty fairly easy to construct using basic brooding equipment and a polystyrene box. Here is a …

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More Plans for the Lab

I spoke to Mick and Danielle last week and they were both pretty excited about the prospect of a usable laboratory to enable a variety of workshops or meet-ups for people interested in working across art, science and technology. After searching the web and comparing material costs from a variety of biotech supply companies, I …

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Fast-Tracked Feb

We know that workshops at The Edge book out really quickly. This is why throughout the month of February we will be scheduling at least one workshop everyday in an effort to help you get to the ones that interest you. From media law and ethics through to electronics and programming, there are over 30 …

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DIY Wet Lab Space (and interactive plant art)

Today, I have spent most of the day looking into and thinking about what a basic wet lab area at The Edge should include to allow a range of engagements for users.  As a visual artist, I have been extremely fortunate to work with biotechnology (primarily animal cell and tissue culture) for the past five years. …

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DIY Laminar Flow Hood

In addition to looking into plant cell culture, I have also been thinking about making a laminar flow hood for use at The Edge.  A laminar flow hood is an enclosed cabinet used in animal or plant cell and tissue culture where a sterile work environment is required. The ‘laminar flow’ part of the title refers to …

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