platform for living matter


Central Workshops
Design Campus, Neuwerk 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)

BioLab is a design space for vibrant futures. We question the status quo of biotechnological situations of tension and provide new stimuli from the perspectives of design and art. Using design approaches, we research hidden life. We view living manufacturing methods, renewable materials, adaptive and resilient products and systems as future-orientated fields that must be examined and explored.

Through professional instruction, in BioLab students gain access to biotechnological methods and learn to design diverse futures with living (micro)organisms and their products. A culture of openness and transparency makes it possible to objectively discuss and explore the borders between nature, culture, and technology. Ethical questions on the biotechnological future are one focal area of discourse and public dialogue.


Zentrale Werkstätten
Campus Design, Neuwerk 7, 06108 Halle (Saale)

Head of BioLab

Dr Falko Matthes
+49 345 7751 58074

Research Associate BioLab

Johann Bauerfeind
+49 345 7751 58075

Artistic Associate BioLab

Opening Hours BioLab

Mon: by appointment
Tue: 1–4:30 p.m.
Wed–Fri: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Please register in advance.

Office Hours

Wed 3–5:00 p.m.
Please contact Dr Falko Matthes matthes(at) in advance

Onboarding (digital)

Onboarding information on the basic possibilities and the safety instructions is obligatory for working in BioLab and is requested before working in the lab.

The instruction is available as a video on request at burglabs(at), please indicate your St number.

Gefördert durch: