Quimera Rosa’s Photodynamic Therapy Transplant workshop


Quimera Rosa’s Photodynamic Therapy Transplant workshop

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During their residency at UC Davis, Quimera Rosa will facilitate a DIY health workshop. At the intersection of science and art, this DIY (Do It Yourself) or DIWO (Do It With Others) workshop will take participants through the steps to synthesize chlorophyll. The workshop will explore the possibilities for using chlorophyllin for treatment of HPV.

This workshop may be of interest to geeks, bio-hackers, non-binary people, women, sex workers, and trans and queer communities.

Workshops are open to all, and UC Davis students (undergrad or graduate) can also receive course credit for participation.

Winter Course for UCD student
Course credit to work through multiple workshops is available through Science & Technology Studies. Students can sign up for 1- 2 units. CRNs:

STS 198 (undergrads): 72675
STS 298 (grad students): 72688

Workshop Schedule
Feb.8, Thursday @ 12pm – 3pm
Feb 9, Friday @ 3pm – 6pm
Feb 10, Saturday 12-6pm
Feb 15, Thursday @ 12pm – 3pm
Feb. 16, Friday @ 12pm – 3pm
Feb.17, Saturday @ 12pm – 6pm

The workshop will cover:

Introduction to the lab

Safety instructions

Introduction to the tools

Legal framework of biomedical work

Tools to research papers and establish protocols

2. HPV (Human Papillomavirus Infection) / PTD (Photodynamic Therapy)

Initiation of working with cells

Becoming onco-mouse – a trip through the biomedical mirror: bio-privatization, living models, and modified animals.

Study of the protocol of photodynamic therapy (PDT) with 5-aminolevulinic acid (ala) + led of 466 nm.

DIY replication models used to treat different types of localized cancers, HPV, skin problems, herpes or bacterial infections.

Notions of wavelength, frequency, power, and intensity.

3. Self-experimentation / Performativity as a Mode of Experimentation: “My disease is an artistic creation”

Deconstruction of the laboratory life: tools, protocols, and aesthetics. The performativity of objectivity and knowledge production.

Tools, experience, and experiments on how to ‘put the body’ in the laboratory. Situated knowledges, self-experimentation, and transdisciplinarity.

Questioning the borders: user/expert, subject/object, art/science, health/disease, public/private.

From ‘open the pill’ (of AIDS activists) to the ‘unhealthy body’ as a creative tool in deconstructing processes of normalization produced by notions of a ‘healthy body’