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Using vaginal fluids to make yoghurt

Not your average science workshop, participants are learning how to transform vaginal cultures into yoghurt - Vaghurt

Not for the faint-hearted, a workshop is offering participants the opportunity to learn how to transform their vaginal cultures into yoghurt, and create ‘vaghurt’.

Hosted by the Biology and Culture network ‘Fugt’ (‘Moist’ in Danish) and in collaboration with two artists, the three-day workshop 27-29 June will investigate the cultures found in vaginal canals and use them to ferment milk.

The event intends to fuse micro-organism biology, culinary traditions and performance art.

How does it work?

Lactobacillus is a class of bacteria responsible for transforming milk into yoghurt. The same class of bacteria lives in vaginal fluid. The bacteria can be cultured and grown overnight, then inoculated with milk and incubated.

Organiser Miriam Alister: “The project has big science connotations, but is also kinky”

Particpants will learn how to make their own vaghurt using microbiology techniques, and reflect on the experience with artist talks and discussions.

“The workshop is open to anyone, and everyone is welcome. I especially want to target students. The student price of DKK 150 may seem pricey, but it is a 3-day workshop and this covers all equipment and dry snacks,” explains Miriam Alistar, who is organising the event.

Microbiome of sexual encounters

Miriam is a PhD from DTU (Denmark’s Technical University), and has done her own research on the design of microfluidic devices for biomedical applications.

“The whole idea of the biohacking movement is to combine science and art. It is at the border of art and science, with the two artists Tereza Valentova (Czech Republic) and Alice Vandeleur-Boorer (UK) both coming to Copenhagen for the event,” says Miriam Alistar.

“The project has big science connotations, but is also kinky, beacause it is using vaginal fluid. When you produce yoghurt like this it is also leaving a forensic imprint of all sexual encounters,” she says, adding that “your microbiome is affected everytime you have sex your microbiome changes.”

First batch of ‘vagina yoghurt’ from the event.

A girl and guy thing

Both girls and guys are welcome, she says.

“The whole idea is that we are going to do it together. The guys are going to make the bacterial culture media, the girls are doing the inoculating,” she says,

Speaking about the final day of the event Miriam Alister says that “we will share our vaghurt recipe (both scientific and emotional ingredients) and hopefully involve you in intense {controversial} discussion. You will also enjoy an artistic performance and have the opportunity to wrap the vaghurt in own personality. ”

Vagina Yoghurt Workshop
When: 27 – 29 June, 18:30 – 21:30 each day
Where: COBIS, Ole Maaløes Vej, 3
Price: 250kr
Find more information on the event page.

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