Art Hack Day Berlin


Art Hack Day / LEAP and transmediale present the first part of a two part project
September 26 - 28, 2013
Exhibition and performances open to the public: Saturday September 28 2013, 7:00pm–late. RSVP here

Art Hack Day is an event dedicated to cracking open the process of art making. Between September 26-28, sixty artists and hackers will inhabit LEAP Berlin to create a flash exhibit on the theme of "Going Dark".

Our actions are increasingly mediated by data. Previously we formed our artifacts, now they form us. Woven into a seamless network, they quantify our lives, affect our thinking and become intrinsic to our being. As such, the urge to go dark has never been greater. Arguably it has also never been harder. But is concealment a solution or rather a retreat? Perhaps there is a quality to this quantification that reveals the full potential of the new codified world? Can you have control over data? Who has access to it and why? Data takes on a life of its own as it’s replicated on servers across the globe. It can’t be deleted, it piles up like trash. In fact, polluting your path with fake data may offer better protection than cloaking or jamming. But does this not come into conflict with the open structure of the internet? While digital detritus fills the open web, darknets (corporate, military, governmental and civilian) loom large, inaccessible to the public, bigger than the internet itself. This reveals the other extreme of the new power structure: Secret networks, beyond the reach of the public and reserved for an elite. Can you escape their control without restricting yourself? Similarly part of our inner being is not yet accessible or recordable, and we yearn for what is out of reach: our own dark matter. Who lurks in these unexplored spaces? Can you engage authentically and not reveal yourself? Can you go dark?

Between September 26-28, fifty artists and hackers will inhabit LEAP to create a flash exhibit on the theme of "Going Dark". Visitors are invited to engage and interact with the works as they are uploaded online throughout the hack ( and join the teams on Saturday September 28 starting at 7:00pm for a closing exhibition, live performances, and after party.

“Going Dark” is the first part of a two part project by Art Hack Day and Berlins Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance (LEAP) in cooperation with the 2014 transmediale festival. Art Hack Day aims to expand the artistic process and create an interdisciplinary platform for the creation of new projects and ideas. Art Hack Day Berlin will feature as one of the main components of transmediale 2014 from January 28th to February 2nd at Haus der Kulturen der Welt. This extended Art Hack Day will be a reaction to the developments of the first event and explore the 2014 transmediale theme “afterglow”.

Participants include: Jamie Allen, Anthony Antonellis, Kim Asendorf, James Auger, Ralf Baecker, Jeremy Bailey, Katharina Birkenbach, Robert Böhnke, Katrin Caspar, Paul Christophe, Alessandro Contini, Alberto De Campo, Lindsay Eyink, Andreas Nicolas Fischer, Daniel Franke, Annie Goh, Darsha Hewitt, Hannes Hoelzl, Akitoshi Honda, Brendan Howell, David Huerta, Dean Hunt, Petja Ivanova, Quin Kennedy, Tove Kjellmark, Mey Lean Kronemann, Rosemary Lee, Alessandra Leone, Jana Linke, Daniel Massey, Olof Mathé, Daria Merkoulova, Nora O Murchu, Dennis Paul, Jacob Penca, Christopher Pietsch, Sascha Pohflepp, Niko Princen, Sebastian Sadowski, Sebastian Schmieg, Marcel Schwittlick, Jacob Sikker Remin, Bengt Sjölén, Wolfgang Spahn, Adriaan Stellingwerff, Claire Tolan, Tina Tonagel, Johan Uhle, Harm van den Dorpel, Marija Vlajic, Paul Vollmer, Johannes Wagener, Addie Wagenknecht, Nils Westerlund, Karl Westin, Andrey Zhukov

Art Hack Day Berlin : Going Dark
Opening and Live-Performances: 28. September 2013, from 19.00
Entrance free - RSVP here:

Lab For Electronic Arts And Performance
(Berlin Carré, 1. Stock)
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin

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