Art Hack Day- Berlin “After Glow”
29 January 20:30 – late
30 January – 2 February 2014 11:00 – 21:00
In a curatorial and organizational collaboration between transmediale and LEAP (Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance) the transmediale festival has invited internet-based non-profit Art Hack Day as a grassroots event/exhibit format/community for artists whose medium is tech and hackers whose medium is art. This event gathers more than 70 participants working intensively for two days to come up with an instant exhibition that responds to the thematic framework of afterglow. Collaborative in nature, Art Hack Day is a project dedicated to cracking open the process of art-making, with special reverence toward open-source technologies. As an event it bridges the gap between art, technology and entrepreneurship and expresses a belief “in non-utilitarian beauty through technology and its ability to affect social change for public good”.
For this edition of Art Hack Day the participants were asked to respond to the afterglow theme of transmediale 2014, through the following brief:
As coders we fear the ‘legacy’ system, a piece of old junk we haven’t yet figured out how to throw away. As artists, we’re tempted by prolific outbursts of freshness and novelty; more art of less value. Businesses and government crave more data, more connections, more context. By embracing these impulses without contemplation we perpetuate the technological hype cycle and unintentionally shorten the half-life of our artefacts. Technology has become akin to a natural resource, generating physical and immaterial waste that is appropriated in such diverse contexts as e-garbage dumps, big data businesses and mass surveillance schemes. As such, trash is no longer what is just left behind but is central to our post-digital lives. When digital detritus piles up it decomposes, giving rise to a post-digital afterglow with the potential for new expression and new enterprise. Can we make peace with our excessive data flows and their inevitable obsolescence? Can we find nourishment in waste, overflow and excess? Can the afterglow of perpetual decay illuminate us?
Art Hack Day Berlin is an organizational and curatorial collaboration between transmediale, Art Hack Day and LEAP (Daniel Franke, Kai Kreuzmüller, John McKiernan).
ALBERTO DE CAMPO
CAN’T BE BLANK
CARL EMIL CARLSEN
DENNIS DE BEL
FABIEN ARTAL [K-II][N] FORRESTO
GERALDINE JUAREZ (SUBMARINE)
JACOB SIKKER REMIN
JOHANNES P OSTERHOFF
MARIO DE VEGA
RACHEL DE JOODE