NanoŠmano – Live Systems

Public art-and-science lab for the nanoscale interface of life and the artificial
Onkraj gradbišča (Beyond a Construction Site), Resljeva Street 32-34, Ljubljana
13.-25. 9. 2012

NanoŠmano is a transdisciplinary project initiated in the year 2010 by Stefan Doepner (f18institute/Cirkulacija 2/Obrat) and Marc Dusseiller ( with a support of the Kapelica Gallery (Ljubljana, Slovenia). The project offers a unique model, but also setting and perspective on the use of nanotechnology in interdisciplinary science, art and design projects. In these temporary, ad hoc labs artists, hackers, scientists, and the lay public meet to perform rather than simply witness nanotechnological protocols.

With the third edition of the NanoŠmano, called “LifeSystem”, authors will finally dive completely into the world of the living on the nanoscale and even go outdoors to set up the temporary laboratory in a community garden, Onkraj gradbišča, in the center of Ljubljana. Typically for the field of nanoscience, after working on physical tools (2010) and nanomaterials (2011), with the third lab „NanoŠmano – LifeSystem“ the project converges on the interface of the living and the artificial. Traditional and deeply rooted cultural topics of agriculture, gardening and food are combined and putted in a relation with novel technologies to reflect on controlling and engineering life itself.

Detailed programme and description.
Authors: Stefan Doepner, Marc Dusseiller, Boštjan Leskovšek, Bengt Sjölén, Paula Pin and friends

Production: Kapelica Gallery; partners: f18institut, dusjagr labs, hackteria, Cirkulacija2, KUD Obrat; support: Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia, City of Ljubljana – Department for Culture, Pro Helvetia, Student Organization of the University of Ljubljana