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31.7.2020, 11:00 Uhr
Estrofem! Lab - Workshop with Mary Maggic

  • Venue:

  • HFBK - Aula Lerchenfeld 2 / Finkenau 42 Garden

In response to the various ways that institutions both pollute and regulate our bodies through hormones, the Estrofem! Lab develops various methods of "freak science" for hacking estrogen and demonstrating its molecular colonization. From yeast biosensors for detection to DIY column chromatography for urine-hormone extraction, these recipes serve as kinds of 'biotechnical civil disobedience,' combining body-gender politics and queer discourse with civic science. The workshop will begin with a short presentation followed by hormone-extraction action. Bring your own urine!

Unfortunately at present it is only possible for students of HFBK to attend due to coronavirus safety restrictions.

In the workshop we will have space for 10 hormone extractions. If you would like to take part please register via
Places to participate in the hormone extraction will be given on a first come first serve basis.

Please keep in mind that places are limited as we can only provide a certain amount of working materials. If for any reason after registering you are not able to attend, please let us know as soon as possible so someone else can take your place.
The workshop will also be open for those that want to observe the process and take part in the discussion.

We hope that the workshop can be held outside in the Hinterhof of Finkenau 42, but this of course depends on the weather. In case of bad weather it will take place in the Aula in Lerchenfeld 2.
We will send an email to confirm the location the day before - please let us know if you are interested so we can keep you informed and ensure the space is safe for everyone!

The workshop will run for approx. 2 hours, with the possibility for the discussion to continue afterwards. Coffee and tea will be provided!

Mary Maggic (b. 1991, Los Angeles) is a non-binary artist working within the fuzzy intersections of transfeminist hacking, body/gender politics, and eco-alienations. Their work spans amateur science, public workshopology, participatory performance, documentary, and speculative fiction.
Maggic is most known for projects Open Source Estrogen and Estrofem! Lab that generate DIY protocols for hacking hormones from bodies and environments, demonstrating their micro-performativity and potential for problematizing social constructs of gender. Maggic is a proud amateur and member of the global Hackteria network for open source biological art.

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