Interactivos? is a research and production platform for the creative and educational uses of technology. Its main goal is to expand on the use of electronic and software tools for artists, designers and educators, thus contributing to the development of local communities of cultural producers in this field.
Hacking has always been associated with innovative appropriations of existing resources, re-engineering, working below the radar, and modifying structures to reap new benefits. This approach will be taken for Interactivos?'12 Dublin, which sees Medialab-Prado and Science Gallery work together to set up an experimental production laboratory as part of Science Gallery's flagship exhibition HACK THE CITY, 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 urban communities in Dublin and worldwide. Over 17 days, participants will collectively develop creative interventions and responses in relation to themes including open data services, wellbeing and crowdsourcing public data. The workshop participants, project developers and collaborators, have been selected by open call and the entire production process is open to the public from beginning to end. After the workshop, documentation of Interactivos?'12 will be on display in the hacklab for the duration of the exhibition.
Photograph: Charlie Gross