Speaker: Maya Minder
Maya Minder (b. 1983, lives in Zürich) is an artist, fermenter and organizer. She is an active member of Hackteria.org and founder of Gasthaus: Fermentation and Bacteria.
Maya Minder‘s (b. 1983, lives in Zürich) Gasthaus: Fermentation and Bacteria is artist research project where she combines artistic, curatorial, and activist interests into communal culinary events at various locations. Her practise includes cooking performances fermentation workshops. She is also biohacker being part of the global hackteria.org network, where she currently co-organized the Biohack Retreat Klöntal 2017 in Switzerland. Fermentation repeatedly features as a central aspect of her work, not only literally but also as a metaphor for social ferment, agitation, and incitation to resistance. Minder opposes the structures of food industry by promoting local selforganization, ecological sustainability, and community. She resuscitates traditional food productions methods with a certain relish, saving them from otherwise being forgotten. Her interests span the fields of art, politics, and biohacking, and she often invites other protagonists like diy-scientists, artists, musicians and hackers to participate in the process of communal exchange. Facilitating interdisciplinary, intercultural dialogue amongst the participants is one of the primary goals of her practice.