Science Gallery (Dublin) and Medialab-Prado (Madrid) are issuing an Open Call for projects to be collaboratively developed and presented during Interactivos?’12 Dublin: Hack the City. Current and Future Needs (July 11 – 26, 2012), with the participation of advisors and technical assistants.
The workshop at Science Gallery is part of Studiolab, a 3-year Europe-wide initiative that merges the artist’s studio with the research lab. Funded by the EC Seventh Framework Programme in 2011, Studiolab is a network that provides a platform for creative projects that bridge divides between science, art and design.
Call Open: April 19 – May 20, 2012
Selection of proposals: May 21 – 27, 2012
Call for collaborators: June 1 – July 5, 2012
Development of projects (workshop): July 11 – July 26, 2012
Exhibition of prototypes: July 27 – September 7, 2012
Interactivos?’12 Dublin: Hack the City. Current and Future Needs:
Hacking has always been associated with innovative appropriations of existing resources, re-engineering, working below the radar, and modifying structures to reap new benefits. What happens if you take the philosophy of hacking and apply it to the urban environment? When you consider innovative ways to harness the flows of energy, data and people that pass through the city every day?
Interactivos?’12 Dublin will see Medialab Prado and Science Gallery work together to set up an experimental laboratory to channel hacker culture, and allow artists, designers, makers, doers, data nerds, hobbyists, citizen scientists, tech geeks, activists, edgy engineers and DIY urban planners to take control over the resolution of problems that affect and link together worldwide ‘communities of concern’. Interactivos?’12 Dublin will move citizen science out of the garage/prototype stage and onto the street.
Interactivos?’12 Dublin is part of HACK THE CITY, Dublin’s 2012 flagship exhibition organized by Science Gallery that will engage and inspire participants to transform the city from the ground up, to rethink cities through the spirit and philosophy of the hacker ethos – to bend, mash-up, tweak and cannibalise city systems, to create possibilities, empower the citizen, illustrate visionary thinking and demonstrate real-world examples for sustainable urban futures. HACK THE CITY will capitalize on Dublin’s resources as a nimble multi-national, multi-lingual, rapidly growing European city, ideally placed to act as ‘laboratory’ for testing ideas and technologies that have a direct impact on citizens’ lives.
This workshop of collaborative production is looking for ideas that:
- Involve the design of objects, installations or other platforms that put the hacker ethos into practice.
- Utilise open and free software and hardware technology developed through “Do It Yourself” (DIY) and “Do It With Others”(DIWO) methodologies and working strategies.
- Address current and future city needs – Specifically we are calling for projects that address:
- Crowd Sourcing Public Data: Crowding sourcing is a means for cities citizens to improve services, however collating, mediating and providing meaningful feedback through crowd sourced data is a considerable challenge. We are seeking proposals that focus on how to crowd source data, visualize it in meaningful ways and provide feedback to both citizens and councils.
- Wellbeing: What constitutes our sense of wellbeing in a city? Is it the way in which your street is organised, or access to resources, green spaces etc. or is it how well you know your neighbour? Within this section we are seeking proposals that address ideas focused on wellbeing, social bonds, and cohesion and community reliance.
- Open Data Services: Over the last 18 months Dublin City Council and its local authorities have made significant advances in opening up their data. Between dublinked.ie and the Fingal Open Data (data.fingal.ie) there are now 200+ datasets online. We are interested in receiving projects, which utilise this data for artistic purposes and interventions on key areas of interest including projects that focus on transport and energy.