Art Hack Day Berlin


I’m in Berlin for the next few days in an attempt to wring something compelling out of myself for Art Hack Day Berlin. Art Hack Day is a cross of hackathon and art exhibition where attendees spend about 48 hours producing new creative works. It aims to expand the artistic process and create an interdisciplinary platform for the creation of new projects and ideas. This time around, the theme is “Going Dark”, broadly concerned with our reliance on data and what it would mean to lose access to it.

This year has an amazing roster of about 60 participants representing artists, technologists and every shade in between. Having participated in the San Francisco “Lethal Software” edition I can say without a doubt that this will be an incredible experience culminating in a public showing worth attending.

Art Hack Day, like Artup, is fiscally sponsored by the Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.

If you are in Berlin then make sure to come to the closing exhibition and party.


Lab for Electronic Arts and Performance
(Berlin Carré 1. floor)
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 13
10178 Berlin


When: Saturday 28.09.2013, 19.00–late

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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? 


Jamie Allen
Anthony Antonellis
Elin Aram
Kim Asendorf
James Auger
Ralf Baecker
Jeremy Bailey
Katharina Birkenbach
Juan Pedro Bolivar Puente
Robert Böhnke
Katrin Caspar
Paul Christophe
Alessandro Contini
Alberto De Campo
Lindsay Eyink
Andreas Nicolas Fischer
Daniel Franke
David Gauthier
Annie Goh
Helene Hahn
Darsha Hewitt
Hannes Hoelzl
Brendan Howell
Akitoshi Honda
David Huerta
Dean Hunt
Quin Kennedy
Tove Kjellmark
Mey Lean Kronemann
Rosemary Lee
Alessandra Leone
Jana Linke
Daniel Massey
Olof Mathé
Daria Merkoulova
Jerome Morin-Drouin
Tanya Mulkidzhanova
Goran Ojkic
Nora O Murchu
Julian Oliver
Dennis Paul
Jacob Penca
Christopher Pietsch
Sascha Pohflepp
Priscilla Posada
Niko Princen
Tim Pulver
Sebastian Sadowski
Sebastian Schmieg
Marcel Schwittlick
Tor Rauden Källstigen
Jacob Sikker Remin
Billy Rennekamp
Chanpory Rith
Bengt Sjölen
Ramin Soleymani
Wolfgang Spahn
Nicole Srock Stanley
Adriaan Stellingwerff
Barry Threw
Claire Tolan
Tina Tonagel
Johan Uhle
Danja Vasiliev
Harm van den Dorpel
Paul Vollmer
Johannes Wagener
Addie Wagenknecht
Nils Westerlund
Karl Westin
Andrey Zhukov