A Path Less Trodden

A Path Less Trodden was NOBA’s Norwegian node of the internationally renowned festival Ars Electronica for the 2020 online edition, streaming directly from Vitenparken in Ås.

The Path Less Trodden program was divided into 3 parts that were streamed Sunday 13th of September 2020 from 15.00 (CEST). We opened with the world premiere of Hege Tapio’s performance video Humanoil, followed by the film NOBA and Network, presenting NOBA and some of our key Norwegian collaborators. The program culminated in a live panel focusing on Hege Tapio’s art practice, NOBA as arena, and our take on the expanded bioarts.

Part one – Human Oil

In the autumn of 2020 Hege Tapio launched her new art project Humanoil. Many may recall her participation in the Nordic art & science exhibition HYBRID MATTERS. There she exhibited the project Humanfuel, “The new oil” – in the shape of a biofuel produced from her own belly fat. The project has since been widely exhibited internationally. The follow-up project Humanoil was released on Ars Electronica’s live stream, in collaboration with NOBA – Norwegian BioArt Arena. View the entire performance video here.



Part Two – NOBA and Network


NOBA is the first permanent arena for BioArt in Norway.  We work to connect artists and scientists working with environmental issues, biology, technology, activism and art. Our aim is to stimulate an increased awareness of our living environment, ecology and sustainability.


Curious about NOBA?

Curious about NOBA as a new arena? Want to get a tour of Norway and its bioart scene? In NOBA and Network we give an insider’s view into NOBA with our facilities, placement at Campus Ås, and projects. You also get to meet our collaborators, encountering their voices, locations and practices in the long and sparsely populated country of Norway.  Watch reports from intimate works with plants and forests, permaculture havens, close-knit human-bacterial relations unfolding beyond the Arctic Circle as well as explorations of how modern scientific methods can meet old craft methods to materially engage with local environments.



Centre for Genomic Gastronomy, Elind Rui Blix, Eva Bakkeslett, FAEN’s Zane Cerpina, Hanan Benammar, Marita Isobel Solberg, NIBIO’s Erling Fløistad, Simon Daniel Tegnander Wenzel, Stephen Barstow and Trond Ansten, as well as NOBA’s core project team Annike Flo, Nora S. Vaage, Hege Tapio and Solveig Arnesen.



Part Three -Live Panel


Following Humanoil and NOBA and Network we went live from Vitenparken Campus Ås. The live panel further explored the practices of artist Hege Tapio, NOBA as Arena, and the expanded BioArt field, engaging both live and digital audiences in discussions around art/science collaborations.

With artist Hege Tapio, philosopher, bioart expert and NOBA’s lead researcher Nora S. Vaage and NOBA’s project manager and artist Annike Flo. Moderator: Elise Malik.