Open Call: Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2018: Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!...

Open Call: Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2018: Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!...

Hackers & Designers

Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2017. Photo: Jorge Bakker.

April 24, 2018
Open Call: Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2018: Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!...

Hands-on workshops: July 21–August 2, 2018, 10am
Hackers & Designers
The Netherlands

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Are you interested in exploring the boundaries of technology, programming platforms, online/offline networks, and user experiences? (e.g. webware, hardware, software, internet, IPFS, darknet, peer 2 peer, blockchain, bot networks) Are you thinking through making? Are you looking for new challenges and cross-disciplinary collaboration? Submit a workshop proposal for the 4th edition of the Hackers & Designers Summer Academy, HDSA2018!

In the summer of 2018 Hackers & Designers brings together an international group of ambitious hackers/designers/makers/artists to learn by creating. During the 10-day Summer Academy tutors and mentors become participants, participants become workshop leaders—everyone will be taken on the collective venture of shared responsibility, bringing in one’s own expertise, urgencies and experience. The program concludes with a public presentation in which the participants will be able to show the results created during the Summer Academy.

Rethinking truth
In recent years our use and understanding of notions such as truth and reality have been heavily challenged. “White Lies,” “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” are buzzwords that illustrate how truth might have become obsolete, and needs to be reconsidered. The notion of truth must be questioned as much within discourses of journalism as within the digital humanities, computer science, engineering, art and design practices. What are the technologies we are building, using and updating, and therefore constantly reaffirming—capable of? Do we really know? Do we need to know? By calling to Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!..., the 4th edition of the Summer Academy, H&D promotes to take things into our own hands.

The workshops will function as satellites reaching a wider audience posing questions such as: Who owns information? Who directs data flows and who enables or limits access to information? Can we (re)build independent environments that shape our future practices? Shared moments of learning will invoke participants to discuss and create projects about topics related to information politics, distributed networks and algorithmic publishing. Investigating decentralized models for developing technology such as flat hierarchy wiki’s, IPFS, non-standard communication protocols and information networks such as the darknet, and bot networks, the summer academy participants will be stimulated to practice decentralized and self-determined organizational structures and publishing methods.

BYOW (Bring Your Own Workshop)
This year’s edition of the Summer Academy focuses on self-organisation and self-initiation, while promoting ‘hands-on learning’ to enable critical design and developer’s practices.

–Spoken language will be English
–Both the tech- and design-savvy as well as the newbie nerds are welcome to give workshops*
–We ask all applicants to review proposals of peers
–HDSA2018 is free of charge, which means: by contributing with a workshop you will be able to attend all workshops and other activities of the program.

*Organizing and leading workshops can be quite intensive, therefore we advise to collaborate with 1 or 2 people on proposal submissions.

To sign up for the HDSA2018 visit the H&D website
The deadline for workshop proposals is May 10, 2018
Peer reviews will be done between May 14–20, 2018
The final program will be announced on May 30, 2018

Location: DEK WEST

Hackers & Designers (H&D) is a non-profit cross-disciplinary community of programmers, engineers, designers, and artists. H&D has been experimenting, researching and developing new and controversial technology and learning processes with artists, designers, (software) developers and hackers in Amsterdam and abroad since its founding in 2013.

With kind support of Creative Industries Fund NL

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