Biofriction is an European project led by Hangar and directed by the researcher Laura Benítez Valero. The project partners are Zavod Kersnikova, Bioart Society and Cultivamos Cultura.

Biofriction is committed to support Bioart and Biohack practices as sectors of knowledge that offer a substantial change in the relationships between art, science, technologies and society. The generation of these hybrid contexts favouring the collaboration of artists and scientists have provided a new conceptual and practical framework for artistic research, have let to paradigm shifts affecting other areas of knowledge/cultural areas but have also highlighted recurrent barriers and sector silos which jeopardise effective collaboration among these two communities. Having the potential and the needs of this new area of knowledge in mind, Biofriction project, from the 1st of October 2019 to the 30th of September 2021, will focus on the intersection between art, science and technologies with the objective to:

· Address the need for common tools and approaches in the intersection between bioart, biohacking and biotechnologies, in order to generate hybrid spaces for artists, curators and social agents.

· Stimulate transnational cooperation between artists and scientists, building bridges of communication between the different areas of technical, scientific, social, artistic and transcultural knowledge, in a hybrid framework of cultural production through an international programme encompassing workshops, residences, summer lab and exhibitions.

· Explore transhackfeminist approach and perspective as an innovative methodology to simulate artistic research, cultural transformations and transnational production in the domain of bioart and biohacking.

· Promote transnational mobility of artists, experts and international circulation of works making bioart and biohacking accessible to anyone by means of residencies, exhibitions, talks and workshops programs.

· Collect learning experiences elaborating codes of good practices in the domain of transdiciplinary practices, in order to replicate them beyond this partnership.


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A talk on health and care by Power Make us Sick
Date: January 10th, 2020
Time: from 7 to 8:30 pm
Have you ever had every intention to care for someone close to you and failed inexplicably? Do you want your communities to be more resilient and strong, but always seem to be focusing on the urgent tasks in front of you? The accountability model is a tool being developed by PMS to facilitate communities in taking care of one another’s mental, physical, and social health without requiring a clinic or specialized knowledge.

Presentation and round table with Oron Catts

Date: February 27th, 2020
Time: from 7 to 8:30 pm
Hangar will host a presentation by Oron Catts about his artistic projects, including an introduction to SymbioticA, a pioneering research laboratory that allows artists to carry out wet biology practices in a university department of biological sciences. This is a space dedicated to research, learning, critique and practical engagement with the life sciences. After the presentation, a round table will be proposed on some topics discussed, with the participation of the artist and researcher Andie Gracie and Laura Benítez Valero, director of Biofriction.


Braiding Friction
Date: June 2nd, 17th, July 10th, 15th, 23rd 2020
Time: 6 pm (CET)
As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and postponed activities, Biofriction is setting up a a series of Working Groups and online events to instigate an informed discussion on current situation and possible scenarios. Working groups include Non Living Queerings, Aero-sol-nauts, Phagelogies and Art Shows and Public Health. The presentations can be followed in streaming at

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