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Hack the Barbican

The Barbican has been hijacked…

In a new collaboration between artists, technologists and entrepreneurs, we have joined forces with The Trampery and opened up our public spaces to become a playground for technologically minded enthusiasts and creatives for the month of August in Hack the Barbican.

From games and performances to installations from theatre performers, computer scientists, sculptors and hardware hackers, Hack the Barbican is an experiment in cross-disciplinary collaboration. Expect coding, soldering, painting and fabrication in specially created hack-spaces throughout our foyers, strange appearances on our plasma screens and unusual sounds from our audio system – nothing is what it seems!

Organised without any central curation, Hack the Barbican prides itself on its community ethos, taking inspiration from hacker culture to develop this expansive project over the last six months through weekly open sessions. With a community of 300 people from all disciplines, ages and backgrounds, each project is entirely self-resourced with its creators securing the materials and skills they need to bring their vision to life.

Hack the Barbican is a taste of what can happen when we unleash the entrepreneurial energy of a new generation of artists and innovators.’
Charles Armstrong, Director of The Trampery

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Highlights of the programme include Penthouce 4C, a half-size replica of the Barbican Estate’s largest apartment, now on display in our central foyer and host to workshops and performances throughout Hack the Barbican; Unmoored transforms the Barbican into an airship in motion as a weather station on our roof projects images to screens within the centre; meanwhile our cloakrooms are taken over by data-loving Ministry of Measurement whose bureaucratic functionaries need your help to collect data from around the centre to be filed and processed.

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Members of the public are invited to visit Hack the Barbican, see work in progress, experience the projects, watch performances, join talks and meet the makers, seven days a week during our usual opening hours.


We’ll be speaking with some of the Hack the Barbican organisers and artists on the Barbican Blog throughout August.

Hack the Barbican takes place until 31 August 2013.

Hack The Barbican is produced by creative workspace engineers, The Trampery in association with the Barbican