Biodesign: build your own laminar flow blox at Innovative Citizen

16.11.2017 by Jasmin Vogel

Keywords: biodesign, Dortmunder U, Etopia Center for Art and Technology, festival, Innovative Citizen, joint activity

Innovative Citizen, which was designed in co-operation with the Fraunhofer UMSICHT Institute, will take place from the 30th of November until the 3rd of December 2017 in Dortmund as well as from the 13th to 22nd of November in Zaragoza, Spain. The Festival represents a more democratic approach to technology. For the first time since the beginning of the festival it will not only take place in the Dortmunder U but also in the Union Gewerbehof as well as with some activities in Zaragoza (Spain) at Etopia Center for Art & Technology. At Etopia, you are invited to participate in a workshop by German biodesigner Julia Krayer.


Biodesign is a growing movement in the field of design. More and more designers are interested in growing bacteria, fungi or slimemolds. One of the main issues, those people are facing, is the missing possibility of working in a sterile environment. In this workshop, we will build your own laminar flow blox with simple means. This device helps you to work with your microorganisms in a sterile environment. Your petridish won’t be moldy and fluffy anymore.

Julia Krayer

Julia Krayer studied at the Folkwang University of Arts in Essen and focused her work on biodesign. During the last three years she built up a biolab in the fablab Dezentrale Dortmund. In her Master thesis, Julia worked out how the biodesign movement can be supported. One of the solutions can be DIY lab equipment. Manuals that are easy to understand can help people to build their own devices, like a magnet stirrer, a centrifuge or a laminar flow box.

Accompanied by film makers from the kiU – story lab, little documentary clips of the visit will be produced and published. We are looking forward to the study visit and the synergies which will arrise.