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Art Hack Practice

Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement, 1st Edition

Edited by Victoria Bradbury, Suzy O'Hara


240 pages

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Bridging art and innovation, this book invites readers into the processes of artists, curators, cultural producers and historians who are working within new contexts that run parallel to or against the phenomenon of ‘maker culture’.

The book is a fascinating and compelling resource for those interested in critical and interdisciplinary modes of practice that combine arts, technology and making. It presents international case studies that interrogate perceived distinctions between sites of artistic and economic production by brokering new ways of working between them. It also discusses the synergies and dissonances between art and maker culture, analyzes the social and collaborative impact of maker spaces, and reflects upon the ethos of the hackathon within the fabric of a media lab’s working practices.

Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement is essential reading for courses in art, design, new media, computer science, media studies and mass communications as well as those working to bring new forms of programming to museums, cultural venues, commercial ventures, and interdisciplinary academic research centers.

Table of Contents


Beryl Graham

Introduction + Context 0:

Victoria Bradbury and Suzy O’Hara

+ Context I:

Histories and Futures

Chapter 1- Abigail Susik - "Art History Hacked: Art Hack Practice as an Intra-garde"

Chapter 2- Mugendi K M'Rithaa - "The Afrikan Maker: Hacking our way into a Hybrid Future…"

Chapter 3- Serena Cangiano, Davide Fornari, Azalea Seratoni - "Reprogrammed Art, A Bridge Between the History of Interactive Art and Maker Culture"

Chapter 4- Ruth Catlow and Marc Garrett -"DIWO to DAOWO: Rehashing Proprietorial Dominance of Art Practice"

+ Context II:

Labs and Fab Labs

Chapter 5- Clare Reddington -"Pervasive Media Studio: Propagating Practice"

Chapter 6- Olga Mink -"Elaborating on Labs: Reflections on the Blurring Boundaries Between Arts, Science, Technology and Society."

Chapter 7- Alexia Mellor -"Participating in The Viscous Porosity of Makerspaces and Fab Labs: A Participatory Art Perspective"

+ Context III:

Engaged Communities

Chapter 8- Ayodamola Tanimowo Okunseinde -"Iyapo Repository: Constructing and Archiving Alternate Futures"

Chapter 9- Jasmin Theresa Grimm and Sally Abu Bakr -"Future Heritage: A Community-based Exchange Between Berlin and Ramallah" المستقبل تراث

Chapter 10- Suzy O’Hara – "Little Inventors: From Artistic Method to Global Brand"

+ Context IV:

Hack Events, Residencies and Workshops

Chapter 11- Ellen Pearlman -"Cyborg Arts Co-Lab: Interdisciplinary Collaboration Enriched Through Art-A-Hack™ Practices"

Chapter 12- Victoria Bradbury and Suzy O’Hara - "Delivering Hack Events Within the Arts"

Chapter 13- Victoria Bradbury -"Where Do we Work? Things we Chat about while Sorting SIM-Cards: A Conversation with Constant Dullaart"

Chapter 14- Olof Mathé - "Art Hack Day"

+ Context V:

Museums, Galleries, Festivals and Programs

Chapter 15- Nora O’Murchú - "Critical Making as a Model for Curating or Making Exhibitions as Things to Think With"

Chapter 16- Yidi Tsao -"WIKITOPIA Hong Kong: Curating a Collaborative Urban Future "

Chapter 17- Julie Freeman and Hannah Redler Hawes - "The Evolution of the ODI Data as Culture Art Programme"

Chapter 18- Tania Aedo - "Tracking Hack-style Interdisciplinary Processes at Laboratorio Arte Alameda, Mexico City"

Chapter 19- Irini Papadimitriou -"The Making of Digital Futures"

About the Editors

Victoria Bradbury is Assistant Profesor of New Media at University of North Carolina Asheville. She is a media artist and researcher weaving programming code, physical computing, body and object. She has led international art hacking events and workshops including The City is The City (is The City) at Baltan Labs (Eindhoven, Netherlands, 2015), Thinking Digital Arts // Hack (Newcastle UK, 2014), and the Into Practice Book Sprint at Banner Repeater (London, UK).

Suzy O’Hara is a curator, and researcher based in Newcastle upon Tyne. Through her research at CRUMB, her curatorial practice and her post-doctoral role with Creative FUSE North East, Suzy seeks to both nurture and understand evolving relationships between the Arts and Creative, Digital and IT sectors and develop and test new models of collaborative commisionign for the production of interdisciplinary art and creative practices.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
ART / General