What would you do if you were granted the power of invincibility? It’s an age-old question and one that game developers have been playing with since the early 80s by incorporating a feature called “God Mode” which offers players unlimited strength, seconds of invulnerability, a change in camera perspective, or access to previously unreachable areas. Since then, God Mode has reached beyond gaming and become pervasive in digital life. It’s the secret backdoor embedded in all our electronics, it’s the jailbreak, it’s how phone companies know where you are, it’s how ISPs know where you surf, and it’s how the NSA can eavesdrop on your communications.
Between February 28–March 2, sixty artists and hackers will inhabit 319 Scholes to explore the idea of God Mode and produce new, collaborative projects. Visitors are invited to engage and interact with the works as they are uploaded online throughout the hack (http://arthackday.net/god_mode) and join the teams on Saturday March 2nd starting at 7:00pm for an exhibition, live performances, and party.
Participants include: Ken Amarit, Erik Berglin, Will Brand, Allison Burtch, Crystal Butler, Paul Christophe, Sougwen Chung, CHiKA, Alejandro Miguel Justino Crawford, Jonathan Dahan, Heather Dewey-Hagborg, Yu-Ting Feng, James George, Pablo Gnecco, Alexandra Gorczynski, Leonard Grey, Adam Harvey, Nick Hasty, David Huerta, Jason Huff, Chris Hunt, Wu Jiashan, Quin Kennedy, Katie Koepfinger, Ben Lacker, Greg Leuch, Daniel Leyva, Olof Mathé, Lauren McCarthy, Sean McIntyre, Joe McKay, Aaron Meyers, Jonathan Minard, Dan Moore, Aurelia Moser, Ramsey Nasser, Igal Nassima, Susan Ngo, Forrest Oliphant, Eszter Ozsvald, Luisa Pereira, Alexander Porter, Reed + Rader, Natalia Radywyl, John Resig, Chanpory Rith, Ivan Safrin, Toby Schachman, Alan Schaffer, Travess Smalley, Clement Valla, Addie Wagenknecht, Nick Yulman, and Jamie Ziegelbaum.
This event is sponsored by MailChimp, Google Chrome, Artsy, New Hive, Open(Art) by Mozilla/Eyebeam, 3D Systems, Fabricators Guild, and Sticker.fm.
Art Hack Day is an internet-based nonprofit dedicated to hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is tech. We bridge the gap between art, technology and entrepreneurship with grassroots hackathons that demonstrate the expressive potential of new technology and the power of radical collaboration in art. We believe in non-utilitarian beauty through technology and its ability to affect social change for public good.
“It’s a matter of our DNA trails.” – Fast Company
“It was just really interesting designing that system where you could talk in this very dramatic language but it would still be parsable and understandable by the machines.” – Fast Company
“Amazingly clever, rebellious, interactive and visually stunning art happenings ensue…..Just fantastic. Where is this stuff in the galleries? ” - Art Berlin
“Art Hack Day has established itself as an annual event of wonder in NYC.” – MAKE
“A giant crackling neon Cat God head is interesting. So is, literally, **everything** else.” - ANIMAL New York
“We are being watched” - New Hive
“I felt like a bona-fide hacker, intruding into a space where I knew I shouldn’t be.” – The Creators Project
“Someone Finally Made A Cat God For Us To Worship” – The Creators Project
“Place 60 artists and hackers over a strong God-inspired fire. Boil frantically for 72 hours. Serve in party mode for only one night in 27 distinct servings.” – Bushwick Daily
“For on the internet, we are all gods by the glory of our own code. Amen.” – The Verge
“It’s kind of like that scene in a movie where a guy puts a fake sticker on his thumb to trick a fingerprint scanner—but better.” – The Creators Project
“We just met, we’ve never worked this fast, and we can’t really believe something came together so well, something that we both want to keep working on. We went on a speed date, and three days later we have this weird baby that people think is cute, and we have to take care of it together. Strange but exciting.” – Hyperallergic
“It’s amazing to think about what artists can do in such a short time when they have to” – The Brooklyn Paper
“Long live IDDQD (pun intended)” – MAKE
“The big shebang — and the best time to see what the artists and hackers have come up with — is Saturday night.” – Hyperallergic
“Art Hack Day…where hackers will collaborate on projects exploring the idea of invincibility.” – L Magazine
“This time around, Art Hack Day has a theme—one that geeks, nerds and technophiles of all stripes are sure to appreciate…” – Core 77