OPEN SOURCE BODY: a Makery medialab event

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Can the ultra-portability of new technologies make healthcare more accessible? As an international movement, Open Science Hardware gives everyone access to medical equipment and tools for research and analysis. It also develops tools and prototypes to make it easier to customize and recycle health equipment. The Makery medialab has invited artists, scientists, healthcare professionals and designers to present and discuss issues regarding DIYbio and open hardware for healthcare. A weeklong festival of workshops, conferences, demos and performances.

Organised in partnership with La Gaîté Lyrique, La Paillasse, the Center for Interdisciplinary Research, Echopen, with the support of the CNC-DICRéAM.

Open Source Body is part of the program of the Journées nationales de l’innovation en santé 2018.

Open science hardware

In the past few years, prototypes have emerged of portable kits for medicine, DIY prostheses, portable echo-stethoscopes, open applications for medical diagnosis, and even portable laboratories. All these devices could revolutionize medical practice and reduce social inequality in terms of access to healthcare.
Outside the medical industries, which demand prohibitive costs, some researchers are developing devices to identify cancerous blood cells, chemical products in urine or monitor vital signs. These tools, which could be used for healthcare and diagnostic guidance, are often never industrialized for lack of standardization and/or documentation, thus preventing others from using them.


Access to health care

Open Science Hardware is a worldwide network of researchers, scientists, doctors, designers, activists, artists and users who advocate conceiving, designing and sharing open scientific equipment, free of copyright and freely distributed, inspired by open software and modern digital fabrication techniques. The objective of citizen science is to increase access to medical devices and tools for analysis and research, allowing them to be appropriated, customized and recycled, while lowering costs.
Open equipment for healthcare would provide a response to challenges currently faced by emergency services, medical deserts, endemic pollution, as well as first-aid medicine for high-risk communities. Open Science Hardware is also a response to global issues related to sustain development through training.


Favor collaborative research
Encourage learning by doing
Build resources for open education
Encourage the use of open equipment for science
Develop experimental instrumentation for sciences


Improve diagnostic guidance
Develop portable laboratories
Encourage open source for medical devices
Co-design healthcare equipment
Synergize design, certification and practice


Equip medical deserts
Support NGO for refugees and natural disasters
Provide first-aid medicine and emergency services
Respond to challenges in public health and self-help


Better inclusiveness and equality with respect for diversity
Solidarity with minorities
Support people living in poverty
Respond to epidemics and endemic pollutions
Reduce social barriers for public participation


Historical evolution of public health policies
Social control of bodies in public health services
Sanitary democracy and authority of science and medicine
Citizen reappropriation of scientific challenges


Visualization and sonification
Do-It-Yourself gynecology
Advocating for bodily autonomy
Body art and subversive biopolitics
DIY bioart and desacralizing science and healthcare


The cost of medical equipment or healthcare services can be prohibitive for countries that lack effective public services or sufficient medical equipment. We bring together the actors of medical NGO and open hardware developers to discuss possibilities for implementing new low-cost equipment in the field.


The world of medical equipment is extremely regulated. From co-design to certification, from initial field-testing to training health professionals, there is much to be debated on the future of low-cost technologies that could revolutionize medicine.


Contemporary intermedia artistic practices are increasingly integrating novel scientific fields of research. We would like to discuss issues related to the biopolitical autonomy that leads to artistic practices at the intersections of performance, body art, sound and multimedia art, design, hacking, open source, biology and medicine, activism and citizen science.


Artists, designers and hackers will present prototypes and related projects. These could be an excellent springboard for opening public debate around non-discriminatory, universal access to healthcare.

The Open Source Body website.

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