Art Hack Day: DETHRONE
Art Hack Day is an event for hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is technology.
Join us on the evening of February 24 to experience this flash exhibition created from scratch in just 48 hours on the theme "Dethrone". Built by 40+ artists from around the world, screen-based art, projections, interactives, sound art, and more will unfold across the theater in a show that expects the unexpected.
Power ebbs and flows as it is sought, coveted, and lost. When too much power is hoarded, rulers construct thrones to centralize their authority. Seats of power change over time as kings, tycoons, and zealots claim as their prerogative the right to dictate the future. Today, as technology outpaces humanity’s ability to comprehend it, the seats of authority become more difficult to pinpoint and confront. Thrones are no longer hewn from stone or gold, but from code and networks. Server farms, algorithms, and data sets undergird the new infrastructures of control.
Who are the modern digital monarchs, and how can we confront them? Can we topple ivory towers without descending into chaos or creating new tyrants? What does it mean to live in a world where rule has been decentralized and automated? What does it look like to dispossess or reclaim power in the post-digital age?
On February 24, Gray Area opens its doors to a special exhibit that questions contemporary mechanisms of power, challenges their legitimacy, and envisions new potentials for a world unyoked from colonial and patriarchal systems. Created by artists from around the world in 48 hours, Art Hack Day: DETHRONE invites you to upend the established order. Come see how artists on the forefront of the intersection of art and technology collaborate to create an exhibition that reimagines the status quo.
Rebecca Power is the Master of the Haus at Hoax, an interactive design studio hard at work revising rules and disrupting routines to create novel situations and powerful experiences. Over the past decade, she's produced and directed hundreds of immersive and participatory art events throughout the Bay Area.
Olof Mathé is an entrepreneur and artist. His practice explores how we communicate and collaborate. Most recently, he co-founded Mixmax, a sales engagement platform. Together with a bunch of deep computer heads and professional pranksters he started Art Hack Day in 2011.
David Huerta trains journalists in privacy-enhancing technology to empower a free press. He’s taught hundreds of trainings across the world and has previously organized the digital security track at the National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ) conference. He’s also spoken on the subject of usable privacy technology at DEF CON, Radical Networks, Rightscon, Facets, Allied Media Conference.
Wade Wallerstein is an Associate Curator and Community Manager at Gray Area. Wade is a digital anthropologist and curator whose work addresses the emotional, embodied aspects of our online experiences. Founder of Silicon Valet and Co-director of TRANSFER Gallery, Wallerstein has brought his deep engagement in the internet art community to Gray Area Festival, resulting in a far-reaching roster of artists and thinkers grappling with what it means to be human in the digital age. His curatorial work has been featured in the San Francisco Chronicle, New York Times, Dazed, Artforum, & more.