My name is María Boto and I’m from Spain. My interest in this festival comes from several sides.
As “a person on the move” one of the things that I have to deal in terms of care are national health systems. For the last few years I’ve been living in several countries, and one of the things that change in each country is this. I’ve been in a free and universal system, I’ve paid for a private insurance and I’ve copaid medical services. Of course, I feel lucky to be able to join them in a more or less easy way, but at the same time, it makes me conscious of the difficulties of having a proper care when you are out of the system, and the existing alternatives.
Moreover, for the last few years, I’ve been in contact with the biohacking and DIYbio movement. It came first as an interest in scientific communication that evolved after learning about projects as the one developed by @pin (Gynepunk). In this project, there aren’t boundaries among art, science, care, activism, biohacking, bioethics… and more and more questions show up while they are working on it. Somehow connected to this last part is my actual work in the art academy KASK running a biolab to promote this kind of reflections by offering access to basic scientific equipment and knowledge to art students.