The Wetness of Hacking

Transhacking Feminist Perspectives from Wetlab Barcelona

Artist Talk by Gaia Leandra and Ce Quimera in English from 2022

Gaia Leandra and Ce Quimera, currently artists in residence at Hangar’s wetlab in Barcelona, will present their artistic work and the projects developed at the well-known bioart laboratory.

Since 2021 they have been carrying out Bioxeno, a project that aims to generate new narratives at the intersection of science and art, using different tools, techniques, disciplines and practices. They understand bioart as a place of strength, taking a critical point of view to the movement of knowledge and its scientific production. The project was inspired by Lynn Margullis, who studied microorganisms in the ecosystem of the Catalunya territory for several years. By establishing interspecies relations with bacterial communities, specifically the cyanobacteria of the Ebro Delta (Catalunya, Spain), and by taking into account our human limitations and the need for technology to mediate interspecies relations, the outset of their research questions will be:

Which artistic formats could show/translate this type of link without reproducing anthropocentric or colonial views? How to account for biodiversity and the extractivism present in the ecosystems we inhabit? In what ways do we think of the bio as life? How do we think of our lives? Or rather, how do we live them?

The three guests of the artist talk | Image by ©

The research into bioart is closely linked to Hangar’s wetlab. Based on a transhackfeminist vision, wetlab is a space where hybrid interactions take place that disrupt the boundaries generally established between art and science, while also informing a critical revision of science as an institution. Workshops, presentations, research residences, collective work processes and discussions are carried out at the lab. In the context of the current ecological debacle, we want to promote projects that are propositive and offer alternative perspectives in order to rethink possible futures. The wetlab space is currently coordinated by resident artists Gaia Leandra + Ce Quimera.

Audience during the talk | Image by ©

Gaia Leandra holds a degree in biology. She worked at the Institute for Microelectronics and Microsystems (IMM) of the Italian National Research Council CNR. After university, one of her first artistic collaborations was with Paula Pin as part of the project »Fotosintetika«. She participates in the Maker Faire (Rome). She exhibited sound work at the Flussi media arts festival in Avellino. She also collaborates with the collective »Riot Studio« on DIY biology workshops and works with Mary Magicc’s project »Hormons«. Together with the artist Oskar Martin, she offers workshops on sound biology and electronics. She is part of the Italian collective »Merda Elettronica«. She teaches DIY synth workshops together with artist Corazón de Robota. She curates independent music festivals such as FTS, Multiversal, Ràdio Black Out and TPA I 76A Napolitan squatt. From 2020 until 2022, she is part of the art collective residing at Hangar’s Wetlab in Barcelona.

Ce Quimera is Artist and researcher, born in Argentina and resident in Europe since 2000, living between Barcelona and Bourges. She studied Social Anthropology in Buenos Aires while doing internships in the performing arts field.

In 2008, she created the lab Quimera Rosa together with Kina Madno. From this point on, she focused her corporal and investigative work on post-identity gender policies and corporal, identity and technoscience experiments with a trans*feminist perspective.

Her work currently focuses on the development of performances, transdisciplinary projects and interactive installations as well as elaborate devices that function through corporal activity and experimentation in biohacking. Her work is characterized by long periods of research/experimentation, generally as part of residencies. In 2016, she began working with Quimera Rosa on the project Trans*Plant, carried out and produced by Ars Electrónica and the European Media Artists in Residence Exchange (EMARE), Hangar and the Barcelona Biomedical Research Park (PRBB), the University of California in Davis and L'Antre Peaux. In 2019, she participated in Acá soy la que se fue: relatos sudakas en la Europa fortaleza, a pioneer collection of real stories of and for migrants arriving in Europe from Abya Yala and the Caribbean. She is artist in residence at the Hangar Wetlab, together with Gaia Leandra (2020/2022), where she carries out investigative and experimental projects in art and science with a transhackfeminist vision. Most of her work is collaborative and free of patents and ownership codes and has been presented in streets, galleries, universities, freelance spaces, okupas, art centres, festivals and museums.

SUPPORTERS: Institut ramon llull, Government of Catalonia (Delegation to Central Europe)

Bioxeno project has had the support of the “Premios Barcelona 2020” Grants from the Barcelona City Council and with the support of for our two-year residency at the wetlab (Gaia Leandra + Ce Quimera 2020-2022).

PARTNERS: Mz* Baltazar´s Laboratory

Images: Martina Lajczak