[artinfo] Open call: Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 2017

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Summer Academy 2017
On and Off-The Grid

July 30-August 11, 2017

Submission deadline: May 30

De Ruimte
Distelweg 83
1031 HD Amsterdam <mailto:’Äãinfo at hackersanddesigners.nlinfo at hackersanddesigners.nl


Hands-on workshops, exhibition, excursion, film night, lectures

Are you a designer, artist or developer? Are you 
not afraid to open, break or rethink software and 
hardware concepts and like to reflect and 
research the ethical consequences that arise in 
our contemporary information society? 
up for the third edition of the Hackers & 
Designers Summer Academy!

During the summer of 2017 Hackers & Designers 
invites an international group of ambitious 
participants to learn by creating, researching, 
and discussing. The program of the Hackers & 
Designers Summer Academy in 2017 includes a 
ten-day hands-on workshop program, talks and 
lectures lead by well versed talented educators 
and professionals skilled at teaching and sharing 
information of their own research and practice to 
groups of individuals who are self-initiators, 
curious and innovative in their fields.

The 2-week workshop program concludes with an 
exhibition in which the participants will be able 
to present the results created during the Summer 
Academy, next to works of curated artist, 
designers and makers. The Summer Academy will be 
accompanied by a public lecture program.

This year with: 
<https://www.thethingsnetwork.org/>Things Network 
(Netherlands), <http://www.ghai.xyz>Gottfried 
Haider (Austria), <http://sarahgarcin.com>Sarah 
Garcin (France), Bongani Ricky Masuku (Zimbabwe), 
<http://genomicgastronomy.com>Center for Genomic 
Gastronomy (US, Norway) & 
<http://www.sjef.nu>Sjef van Gaalen (Netherlands)

Investigating means of going on and off the grid
The HDSA2017 program focuses on the thematic 
thread and the process of going "on and off-the 
grid"-a crucial societal topic and ongoing 
discussion at stake in both design/art and 
developer practices.

By developing an elaborate hands-on program H&D 
invites participants to reflect and question 
dependence and obedience of our daily work and 
living environments. How can we, as modern 
nomadic workers, look critically at 
infrastructure, networks and systems we rely on? 
Are we as steadily connected networkers capable 
of disconnecting from existing grids? Can we 
rethink and build self-sustaining environments 
that shape our future practices in unexpected 

The program shall challenge and activate the 
participants to use and push the boundaries of 
existing technology and programming platforms 
(web, hardware, software), networks 
online/offline (internet, deep web, darknet, peer 
to peer, blockchain), and user experience, all in 
a practical manner while incorporating content 
matters and ethical consequences of the proposed 
technologies and processes.

DIY (Do it yourself) & DIT (Do it together)
In order to develop a deeper understanding of the 
qualities and disadvantages of technology we need 
to look inside the black boxes of the technology 
that we heavily rely on in our daily physical and 
digital, and our private and professional lives. 
Therefore a hands-on approach and the challenges 
that come with making stays central throughout 
the whole program. We urge the participants of 
the summer academy to collaborate in opening the 
box, look inside it, rummage through it or even 
make their own boxes.

-Spoken language will be English
-All workshops are accessible for both the tech-savvy and the newbie nerds.
-Full program, welcome dinner, daily lunch, free 
access to the public programs: 350 EUR (excl. 

up for the 2017 edition of the H&D Summer Academy 
The deadline is May 30, 2017. (First come first serve)

* If the HDSA2017 is not sold out, there is an 
option to participate in one of the program 
blocks. The price of one program block is 200 EUR 
(excl. VAT)

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.

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