ASN is excited to participate in the upcoming 7th Eurobiotech 2019 Congress to be held in Krakow, Poland from 23-25 September 2019. Eurobiotech has become a permanent part of the Krakow’s scientific events calendar. The previous Eurobiotech Congress in Krakow gathered 450 participants from 22 countries. This exciting congress with great scientific debates and fantastic interactions with political and business leaders, top researchers and investors has an inspiring program which includes a list of distinguished speakers and bringing together the best specialists in the field of biotechnology. The 7th Eurobiotech 2019 Congress is part of the  European Biotech Week Innovation is in our genes and will focus on AGROBIOTECHNOLOGY and PERSONALISED MEDICINE.

A Breath for Leonardo

A Breath for Leonardo

Joanna Hoffmann together with members of the EpiLab team Piotr Słomczewski, Andre Bartetzki in collaboration with  Prof. Janusz Bujnicki’s Lab presents an artistic interactive work “A Breath for Leonardo”, at the 7th BIOTECH Congress in Kracow.

This Congress takes place in the fifth centenary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. The great Renaissance master became a symbol of human creativity and interdisciplinary knowledge, bridging artistic practice with ‘scientific’ exploration of nature.


An artistic work: “A Breath for Leonardo” is designed to pay homage to this great genius at the threshold of the digital age of New Renaissance.

“A Breath for Leonardo” is part of the larger arts & science project “EpiMimesis, EpiZone V: Shifting identities”, a project based on the assumption that we are living in a universe of interacting data, where all is data – from the entanglement of elementary particles through biological structures and the most complex Eigen-dynamics, with interaction at all levels. In such a world of interacting data, no data can be ‘lost’ nor considered as ‘vanished’. Even Leonardo da Vinci’s data are present, here and now, making us able to imagine him 500 years after his death and further.

Interactive installation

“A Breath for Leonardo”: is an interactive installation, in which the original, static two-dimensional diagram of Leonardo’s famous drawing of Vetruvian Man is transformed. Into a dynamic multidimensional geometry of the fundamental molecule of life, the RNA molecule. Using your breath, you can transform molecular states and move through various paths of the poetic labyrinth of shifting identities.

Be careful though you may interact with Leonardo’s data! existing as dispersed data in your environment, in your body and/or in your breath going in or out. By breathing you can inject your Leonardo’s data into the system influencing your path of the elusive labyrinth of shifting identities…

Inspired by the latest scientific research on the fundamental molecule of life – the RNA molecule from which, according to the RNA World hypothesis, the Big Web of Life evolved. Today RNA plays a key role in most cellular processes and the translation of the genetic information into proteins, thus it is considered a key tool of biotechnology and bioengineering.

As a bio-molecule, RNA is not a static compositions of atoms (balls & sticks) but a dynamic labyrinth of all its possible forms, which it has to pass through to achieve its final conformation and function.
However, some RNAs, called riboswitches, like a “molecular werewolf” are able to adopt not just one but two (or sometimes more) alternative structures, which can be completely different from each other, depending on environmental factors. The primordial variability encoded in the chemical structure of RNA is used as a conceptual platform for EpiMimesis: Shifting Identities, posing questions:

Is any identity then, in fact, just a momentary state of data?
Or a transient “snap-shot” within a larger dynamical unfolding?
Or a complex algorithm of a different assemblage of entangled data?

The double helix of DNA, associated with stability, with continuity and determinism, become a cultural icon of the progress of civilization in the XX. Century. RNA, as the expression of instability, diversity, changeability, and multiplicity of possibilities, can become an icon of achievements and transformations of the XXI century.

Read more about Science here

This art piece was developed with the support of Prof. Janusz Bujnicki’s Lab, International Centre for Molecular and Cell Biology Warsaw, Art & Science Node Berlin, University of Arts, Poznan, Institute of Biochemistry Polish Academy of Sciences, 3IT Fraunhofer Heinrich Herts Institute: Innovation Center for Immersive Imaging Technologies Berlin. In the frame of a larger project EpiMimsis EpiZone V.

7th Eurobiotech

Agrobiotechnology and Personalised Medicine will be the leading motives of the 7th Eurobiotech, the European Congress of Life Sciences. Many of the critical issues of modern agriculture and medicine relate to biotechnologies. And since biotechnology is often controversial, the 7th edition of the European Congress of Life Sciences Eurobiotech will address some critical questions:

Who needs modern biotech and why?

Will it be possible to perform modern agriculture as well as personalised medicine without it?

Do we have any chance to avoid innovative biotechnologies in order to guarantee food, feed, pharmaceuticals,  diagnostics, and bio-materials for 10 billion people from the perspective of the year 2050?

Read more: Eurobiotech 2019

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