Future Focus: Art Hack Practice

Wed 24th June, 16:30 – 17:45 GMT, hosted online


The third event in the Future Focus: Art Hack Practice series is exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in society and culture.

FutureEverything’s new online critical conversations, Future Focus, is launching with a series of conversations and provocations from the editors and authors of Art Hack Practice.

Art Hack Practice: Critical Intersections of Art, Innovation and the Maker Movement (Routledge, 2019) is a publication edited by Victoria Bradbury and Suzy O’Hara that explores critical and interdisciplinary modes of practice that combine arts, technology and making.

The third event in the Future Focus: Art Hack Practice series is exploring the implications of the COVID-19 pandemic in society and culture.

Session III: Then and then

As the world shows the first signs of emerging towards a slow and long recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, we are examining art, making and curatorial practices to reflect on pandemic and post-pandemic times and consider what the implications of this outbreak might be for our practices.

What insights have we been acquiring as we navigate through these challenging times? And, as we turn more to online spaces to work, exchange, consume or socialise, what are the implications for community, engagement, collaboration or education during and after this crisis?

Participants: Ellen PearlmanOlga MinkOlof MathéJessica ThompsonVictoria BradburySuzy O’Hara and Irini Papadimitriou

Art hacking is a term that seeks to describe how pervasive technologies continue to disrupt traditional and hierarchical boundaries between the arts, innovation and society. As hacking, DIY and making culture continues to shape both cultural and corporate agendas, and policy, artists and curators working within these contexts are developing new working practices, and value systems that respond to the modalities of interdisciplinary creative practice.

The book presents contemporary case studies from twenty-six international authors interrogating perceived distinctions between sites of artistic and economic production by brokering new ways of working between them. The book also discusses the synergies and dissonances between art and maker culture, analyses 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.

About the series: Art Hack Practice was released less than 6 months ago, yet is now a historical record of contemporary art and technology practices before the COVID-19 pandemic. Our community of authors have shared their global perspectives as culturally, racially and gender diverse art and design practitioners, operating at the nexus of art, technology and innovation. They have presented art-making and curatorial strategies that address and engage with social, political, environmental and cultural issues emerging within unusual and cross-disciplinary contexts of creative production. More than ever, Art Hack Practice can be seen as an important resource to help us collectively reconcile, understand and process our current situation.

Through this series of three discussions, we aim to facilitate conversations that will help us in ways that are creatively productive and can seed and extend future formats for arts production and engagement. What might allow cross-disciplinary art and technology practitioners to begin the work of recovery planning from this trauma?

Please click here to buy your copy of Art Hack Practice book and receive a special 20% discount: https://www.routledge.com/Art-Hack-Practice-Critical-Intersections-of-Art-Innovation-and-the-Maker/Bradbury-OHara/p/book/9780815374916