Una Mullally

Society, life and culture on the edge

Hacking the city

Last Thursday saw the launch of Hack The City, the latest exhibition from Dublin’s Science Gallery, which expands beyond the Science Gallery’s Trinity base across the city. David O’Dwyer has written about the Capel Street Idealab, and the exhibition will also host …

Tue, Jun 26, 2012, 17:17

   

Last Thursday saw the launch of Hack The City, the latest exhibition from Dublin’s Science Gallery, which expands beyond the Science Gallery’s Trinity base across the city.

David O’Dwyer has written about the Capel Street Idealab, and the exhibition will also host the capital’s largest TEDxDublin to date, a Mini Maker Faire, a HACKLAB, augmented reality billboards, robotic buskers, a series of Ignite talks and a return to the Electric Picnic.

For many people, the term hack has negative connotations, but the Science Gallery is taking it beyond the traditional idea of an invasive and destructive one, and into a realm of creative disruption that aims to transform ideas, spaces, and buildings and tackle themes such as street art, surveillance, dead space, and how we can positively interfere with the very fabric of the city.

My favourite piece from the show is Loitering Theatre, by Caroline Campbell and Nina McGowan. Wired writes about the project, which sees drones fly into hard to access or unseen parts of Dublin. It’s a compelling piece of work. Here’s a clip:

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