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Denisa Kera
* 1974, currently based: Singapore
Affiliated institution: National University of Singapore
http://profile.nus.edu.sg/fass/cnmdk/ also https://nus.academia.edu/DenisaKera
About
Denisa Kera is a philosopher and designer based in Singapore and Prague working on open science and citizen science issues. She is involved in various open hardware projects with emphasis on supporting research infrastructure in the Global South. She uses prototypes as critical probes and tools for mobilization, deliberation, reflection and public participation in science. Her ethnographic work on various community labs and alternative R&D structures (Hackerspaces, Fablabs, DIYbio) is combined with genealogical interest in the origins of science in the 16th century mechanical arts and early visions of “Academy of Sciences”. She has extensive experience as a curator of exhibitions and projects related to art, technology and science, and previous career in internet start-ups and journalism. Currently she works as an Assistant Professor at the National University of Singapore, where she is also Asia Research Institute and Tembusu college fellow.
CV
2013
Hackteria network archivist (a webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects) (ongoing)

2013
Research Affiliate Science, Technology & Society research cluster Asia Research Institute (NUS) (ongoing)

2012
Associated Fellow Tembusu college (NUS) (ongoing)

2010
Founder of DIYbio Singapore. (ongoing)

2008
Assistant Professor Communications and New Media Programme Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences National University of Singapore (NUS) (ongoing)

2006
PhD in Information Science, Charles University, Prague. Doctoral thesis: New media theory as the ontology of the computer code.

2006
Director and curator of the festival TransGenesis (part of the week of science and technology organized by the Czech academy of sciences), Prague, Czech Republic.

2004 - 2007
Founding member of SCART - Society for Convergence of Science&Art

2004 - 2006
Lecturer for the Electronic culture and semiotics programme, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague

2001 - 2003
Marketing Director for "Inzine" (electronic magazine for culture and art)

1999
MA in Philosophy, Charles University, Prague


2013 Hackteria network archivist (a webplatform and collection of Open Source Biological Art Projects) (ongoing)
2013 Research Affiliate
Science, Technology & Society research cluster
Asia Research Institute (NUS) (ongoing) / http://www.ari.nus.edu.sg/article_view.asp?id=921
2012 Associated Fellow
Tembusu college (NUS) (ongoing) / http://tembusu.nus.edu.sg/people/denisa_kera.php
2010 Founder of DIYbio Singapore. (ongoing) / https://diybiosingapore.wordpress.com/
2008 - 2010 Design project: real time video & heritage: real time video as ethnographic methodology
2008 Assistant Professor at the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, Communications and New Media programme, National University of Singapore
2008 Assistant Professor
Communications and New Media Programme
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences
National University of Singapore (NUS) (ongoing)
2006 PhD in Information Science, Charles University, Prague.
Doctoral thesis: New media theory as the ontology of the computer code.
2006 Director and curator of the festival TransGenesis (part of the week of science and technology organized by the Czech academy of sciences), Prague, Czech Republic.
2004 - 2007 Founding member of SCART - Society for Convergence of Science&Art / http://www.scart.cz
2004 - 2006 Lecturer for the Electronic culture and semiotics programme, Faculty of Humanities, Charles University, Prague
2001 - 2003 Marketing Director for "Inzine" (electronic magazine for culture and art)
1999 MA in Philosophy, Charles University, Prague


News
23.03.2015
Open, Crowdsource and Blockchain Science! Workshop and conference

https://www.facebook.com/events/424468387727225 How can open data, open access, open hardware and trends in social networks, crowdsourcing, crowdfunding, alternative metrics and alternative currencies improve science? We want to bring different stakeholders interested in research, innovation, design, advocates of open science, citizen science, geeks, hackers, makers, and all people probing the new terrain of technological trends to discuss the future of science and rethink ways we can involve the public & Global South. Let's rethink how we can support open science in different parts of Asia, what are the limits and possibilities of these new approaches? Preliminary Programme: 10:00 - 16:00 National Design Centre: Open Science Hackathon: rethinking the future of science 20:00 - 22:00 Art & Science Museum, Marina Bay: Public presentations & panel Scott Edmunds (GigaScience/BGI Hong Kong): Open Genomics Data and Citizen Science projects http://www.gigasciencejournal.com/ Kostas Repanas(Office of Science Communications & Open Archives , A*STAR) : Open Access movements in Asia Adeline Seah (SCELSE, NTU): DIYbio Singapore & Biodiversity Cindy Lin (NUS): Open Science in Indonesia Denisa Kera (NUS): OSCDnet project in Asia
Publications & References
Kera Denisa. »Do-It-Yourself biology (DIYbio): Return of the Folly of Empiricism and Living Instruments.« In META-LIFE: Biotechnologies, Synthetic Biology, A-Life and the Arts, edited by Roger Malina & Louise Whiteley Annick Bureaud. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Leonardo ebook series, 2014.
Kera, Denisa and Justyna Ausareny and Stefania Druga and Yair Reshef. »Open source hardware (OSHW) supporting interaction between traditional crafts and emergent science: wayang kulit over microfluidic interfaces.« Proceeding SA '14 SIGGRAPH Asia 2014 Designing Tools For Crafting Interactive Artifacts Article No. 4 (2014).
Necromedia - Reversed Ontogeny or Posthuman Evolution?. »Necromedia—Reversed Ontogeny or Posthuman Evolution?.« Digital Death: Mortality and Beyond in the Online Age (2014): 181.
Kera Denisa. »On Prototypes: Should We Eat Mao’s Pear, Sail Saint-Exupéry’s Boat, Drink with Heidegger’s Pitcher, or Use Nietzsche’s Hammer to Respond to the Crisis?.« In Pedagogies of Disaster, edited by Adam Staley Groves Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei, 552. Tirana, Albania: punctum books, 2013.
Kera Denisa. »Post-Apocalyptic Citizenship and Humanitarian Hardware.« In Nuclear Disaster at Fukushima Daiichi, edited by Richard HindmarshRoutledge Studies in Science, Technology and Society, , 222. London, Great Britain: Routledge, 2013.
Kera, Denisa and Marc Tuters. »Social Stomach: Performative Food Prototypes.« Proceedings 2nd International Workshop "Creative Science - Science Fiction Prototyping for Technology Innovation" (CS'11) (2011).