HACK THE CITY BLOG
This blog was maintained as part of Science Gallery's HACK THE CITY exhibition in the summer of 2012, it now serves an archival record of the exhibition.
HACK THE CITY PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED
Featuring a spectacular range of exhibits, hacklabs, events and interventions, from a flock of robot drones to billboards hijacked in augmented reality and stealth underwear, will invite citizens of Dublin to take control and adopt a hacker mindset to bend, tweak and mash-up Dublin’s existing urban systems – rethinking the city from the ground up.
Hope to see you at the members launch party on June 21st - full details here.
HACK THE CITY LAUNCH PARTY
Hundreds of MEMBERS+ turned up last night (despite the weather!) to celebrate the opening of our 2012 flagship exhibition HACK THE CITY.
The evening featured a spectacular range of exhibits, hacklabs, interventions and an exciting live perfomance by a flock of flying robot drones.
Check out some photographs from the launch below.
The doors open
Curators (from left to right) Michael John Gorman, Josh Klein and Teresa Dillon
Kimchi and Chip's piece A Journey
Demonstrating The Artvertiser
Playing with robotic sound installation Chimerès Orchestra
David Benque's piece, Fabulous Fabbers
Street Feast's chalkboard gets hacked
Making Cube Cola
Electronic Countermeasures, a flying robotic drone
Models wearing Mark Shepard's signal jamming underwear survey the gallery
Evan Roth's Graffiti Analysis
Badge hacking station
Hacking the hairdo in front of pictures of Florian Rivière's City is a Playground installations
CITY IS A PLAYGROUND INSTALLATION VIDEO
In the run up to HACK THE CITY, some of us here in Science Gallery were lucky enough to spend a few days helping Florian Rivière, a French urban hacktivist, install his piece City is a Playground in various locations across Dublin city.
Florian works with raw and found materials to create games, furnishings, traps, maps and instructions which allow citizens to reclaim their urban environments.
EVAN ROTH'S PROPULSION PAINTINGS WORKSHOP
American-born graffiti artist and researcher Evan Roth has long been exploring spray paint's potential as a propulsion device.
During his two-day Propulsion Paintings Workshop in Science Gallery's HACKLAB, Roth helped the public to conceive, build, deploy and document their very own propulsion paintings - a series of messy, kinetic sculptures based on modified cans of spray paint.
Set against the iconic backdrop of Dublin's Windmill Lane, check out the results of the workshop below!
To learn more about Evan or his work, please visit evan-roth.com
TURN THE CITY GREEN - FREE WORKSHOP TOMORROW
Calling all growers, cooks and radical gardeners: help us turn the city green!
We have a free gardening, cooking and food making event suitable for the whole family taking place as part of HACK THE CITY and Interactivos?'12 Dublin this Saturday from 1pm to 4:30pm at Whitefriars Community Centre, 56 Aungier St, Dublin 2. The event brings together four unique projects: CoCook, Seedbombah, Radical Gardens, and Janice Steadman's Mobile Garden.
13.00-15.30 Seedbombah, Mobile Garden & CoCook Workshops
14.30-15.30 Talks by Robert Moss, Grace Maguire & Radical Growth
15.30-16.30 Seedbombah & Mobile Garden City Walks
CoCook is a collaborative global movement that involves cooking and eating in urban public spaces. Having created a portable kitchen from reclaimed and repurposed materials CoCook invite you to come and cook on it. Simply bring your favourite ingredient and together we will make something delicious.
ATTENDANCE IS FREE JUST DROP IN!
Seedbombah (Guerrila Huerta)
Seedbombah uses seed bombing to unite communities old and new to transform their city into an urban orchard. Learn how to make seed bombs and how to make your city greener with guerilla gardening.
ATTENDANCE IS FREE JUST DROP IN!
Radical Growth explores garden and land share in the city and how we can co-grow food together.
Gain further insight into the ideas behind the projects and how you can turn our city spaces in urban gardens, with short talks from Robert Moss on Dublin Community Growers; Grace Maguire on Dublin City Council Allotments, Radical Growth on urban land share and many more....
TALKS ARE FREE JUST DROP IN!
All you need to do is bring an object that can be pushed, pulled or carried, and can, in some way, house or attach to a plant - think old rucksacks, handbags, boots, shoes, pull along toys, tea pots, prams and bikes. We will show you how to turn these objects into mobile gardens, and then we will take to the streets to turn the city green!
INTERACTIVOS '12 - BEHIND THE SCENES
Ahead of the INTERACTIVOS '12 exhibition tomorrow evening (details here), we've giving you a sneak peek at some of the goings on behind the scenes here in Science Gallery.
INTERACTIVOS '12, an initiave of StudioLab, is a collaborative work by more than thirty architects, artists, scientists, hackers and engineers from across Europe. Over the past two weeks, the participants have taken a creative approach to solving real world problems, and have collaborated on developing ideas ranging from planting guerilla gardens with 'seed bombs', to turning recycling bins into public art, to creating a mobile app to crowdsource information about dangerous areas for cycling, to building a mobile kitchen prototype.
Join us in Science Gallery tomorrow evening (Wednesday 25th July) from 6pm to see the results of the workshop, and to meet the scientists, artists and hackers behind them. In the meantime, feast your eyes on these exclusive snaps...
The participants meet each other on the first day
Jane Chadwick (right) of Science Gallery, leader of the Studiolab project
The participants get planning
The Cocook Kids' Workshop in Carmelite Community Centre
Seed bomb ingredients
Guerilla Huerta's seed bombing workshop in Whitefriar's Comunity Centre
Our seed bombers take a break
Cocook's 'home made' kitchen
The Cocooking gets underway
Seed bombing station in our HACKLAB
Hard at work ahead of tomorrow's exhibition
For more information on any of the projects seen here, INTERACTIVOS '12 or StudioLab, please visit sciencegallery.com/interactivos.
RESULTS OF SUBMAP WORKSHOP
SubMap is a new visualisation methodology for cities that draws on subjective data, and can be used to express factual, location and time-based data in a dynamic way.
The workshop took place in our HACKLAB and was led by Kitchen Budapest, a new media lab based in Budapest for young researchers who are interested in the convergence of mobile communication, online communities and urban space.
During the two day long SubMap workshop the participants created their own private map of Dublin, which Kitchen Budapest then animated. Each video contains a story of its creator and sound recordings from around the city of Dublin.
The method the videos were made is a true mixture of high and low tech. The contributors were asked to create key frames by marking points on a see-through film with a red marker that was on top of a map of Dublin. The size of the dots determined the magnification of those areas, while blue markers were used for text and additional graphics. After the films were scanned and processed using open source software the participants went around the city to collect sounds for their story.
The end result is six videos that tell six unique stories that shape the map of Dublin accordingly.
You can view those videos here.
Below are some pictures from the workshop, and some of the the resulting 'submaps'.