A New Approach to Learning
in the Age of Personal Biotechnology

YCAM InterLab Camp is an intensive workshop series in which YCAM invites leading researchers and artists to learn about technologies expected to be used in art in the future together with participants from Japan and abroad. The topic of this workshop, the third in the series, was “Personal Biotechnology”; it focused on familiar biotechnologies based on the results of R&D project “YCAM Bio Research”, which has been ongoing since 2015. During the three-day workshop, participants took lectures and participated in workshops to learn about the processes of reading and writing biological information, the discussions of bioethics related to the field, as well as their potential applications.

Dates: Friday, March 1 - Sunday, March 3, 2019
Venue: Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]
Presented by Yamaguchi city, Yamaguchi City Foundation for Cultural Promotion
In association with Yamaguchi City Board of Education

Supported by the Agency for Cultural Affairs Government of Japan in the fiscal 2018
Co-developed with YCAM InterLab
produced by Yamaguchi Center for Arts and Media [YCAM]




Hands-on workshops to learn how to identify species of animal, find their genetic characteristics, and read DNA information (DNA sequencing).

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“Write” and “Bioethics”

Lectures and workshops to learn about the technologies used in writing DNA and editing genomes, as well as the ethical problems involved.

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Application possibilities

Discussions via group work and presentations on possible applications of biotechnologies in a variety of fields.

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Direction: Kazutoshi Tsuda, Fumie Takahara, Kiyoshi Suganuma, Takayuki Ito (YCAM InterLab)
Coordination: Asumi Kitahori (YCAM InterLab), Tomoko Yotsumoto, Young-ja Park
Education: Daichi Yamaoka, Haruka Kaneko (YCAM InterLab)
Interpreter: Yukiko Yamashita, Naoko Koizumi
Website: KARAPPO Inc.
Photo: Atsushi Tanabe
Illustration: NAZE
Report: Risa Shoji
Translation of report: Yumi Nishihara

Sound engineering: Junji Nakaue, Mitsuhito Ando (YCAM InterLab)
Video engineering: Richi Owaki, Keina Konno (YCAM InterLab)
Spatial design: Hoshiro Ando (YCAM InterLab)
Lighting: Fumie Takahara (YCAM InterLab), Yano Butai

Public Relations: Momoko Aoyagi, Nanami Hashimoto, Satomi Okazaki (YCAM InterLab)
Venue design assistance: Naoki Ise, Chisaki Murakami (YCAM InterLab)
Graphic design: KARAPPO Inc.
Documentation: Tomoya Watanabe (YCAM InterLab)