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(Art)ScienceBLR is a public laboratory at the Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology for artists and designers to engage with scientific practices. We look at the artistic, social and political implications of technologies, from computing to biotechnology. Our work exists at the intersection of art-science and pedagogy, creating spaces of dialogue and interaction between artists, designers and scientists. Since our inception in 2009, we have focused on using do-it-yourself (DIY) techniques to build low-cost laboratory equipment, so as to offer more accessible forms of engagement with the life sciences. We disseminate our work primarily through workshops, performances and exhibitions. Our research is grounded in the arts and the output has taken the form of sculptures, scientific instruments, software, hardware and academic papers. At Srishti, we run a community laboratory that is always open to the students and the general public. We also conduct open workshops on Saturdays for the general public. Please visit: for more information.

Synthetic/PostNatural Ecologies, Workshop Synthetic Biology for artists and designers, 2010 iGEM

Searching for the Ubiquitous Genetically Engineered Machines, 2011 iGEM


Classes and workshops

Electronics Workshop

Classes for undergraduates and post-graduates by (Art)Science BLR, at Srishti are aimed at developing and combining technological fluency amongst artists and designers with critical engagement. We work with the Center for Contemporary Art Practice (CAP), The Center for Experimental Media Arts (CEMA), and School of Continuing, Open and Professional Education (SCOPE). Some of the classes and workshops we have run include:

- Synthetic Biology for Artists and Designers
- Art, Ecology and Technology
- Science for Poets
- Creative Cartography
- Pre-Cinema Toys
- Introduction to the Sonic Arts
- Introduction to Robotics

100 Robot Musicians Workshop

Re-Imagining the Turtle, student project by Julia, Rajiv, Bhawna

Pre-Cinema Toys Workshop

Apprenticeship at (Art)ScienceBLR

(Art)ScienceBLR offers a Post Graduate Diploma through the Apprenticeship Program

Apprentices will be expected to participate in studio projects where artists, designers and scientists associated with the laboratory, will mentor them. They will be expected to learn many of the techniques and technologies used in the laboratory. Through intense workshops, one-on-one critiques and participating in ongoing projects, they will be able to conceptualize, articulate and design their own unique form of practice. Apprentices are expected to be active participants in research and contribute to knowledge production at the laboratory. For more information on the apprenticeship, please visit: Postgraduate Diploma Program

Open Laboratory

We conduct open workshops every Saturday for the general public - Examples of Saturday workshops include

Robotics for Children
Programming Microcontrollers

Exhibition at KHOJ International Artists Association

Performance by ISRO @KHOJ International Artists Association


DIY Fluorometer,

Some Examples of Projects

LifePatch, Yogyakarta, Indonesia
National Center For Biological Sciences,Bangalore,India
École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne,Lausanne,Switzerland