On my last day of my travel, I have the chance to visit L’Observatoire, an art and science space active in learning and sharing educational activities for the local communities in Singapore. I met Isabelle Desjeux who’s running the space when I was visiting an exhibition opening at Lasalle. Debbie Ding introduced me to her and we arranged to make a sharing session just in a couple of days. It was such a short notice for this workshop, but I didn’t care. All I wanted is to meet some artist/researcher/activist/hackers or even groupies who is pretty much interested in art and science, and most specifically in biological field. And so, as we talked and share common interests, we decided to make a exchange/sharing/learning session at L’Observatoire.
A while ago, Urs Gaudenz made Hackteria’s Laser-cuts Microscopy Stages and sent 2 of these kits to Indonesia. One of the kit ended up in UGM Microbiology Lab – Faculty of Agriculture and the other one ended up in lifepatch. Titarubi, a fellow friend of us in Indonesia noticed our activities geek-ing around with DIY microscope and asked us to build one for her to use for workshops with children. It was all so sudden and we don’t have much time to ship one kit from Swiss. So we decided to build one manually, cloning on the Hackteria’s Laser-cuts Microscopy Stage design. I love this design it is simple, practical and stable.
In December 2009, we did an intense discussion session with Gadjah Mada University (UGM) Microbiology lab students. The session is involving both sides on a discussion about developing the DIY microscope from a webcam that has been developed by Hackteria, a platform on open-source biological art, DIY biology and generic lab equipment. Hackteria have given a workshop about DIY webcam microscope in UGM before that was given by Marc Dusseiller (dusjagr). We have built a prototype of the webcam microscope, we asked the students to make tests on this prototype to know its’ limits to used as a tools in analyzing microorganism.