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Hack the Barbican: Bazaar

On the last weekend in April 2013 we will take over the Barbican's Pit theatre for a new kind of community event: a bazaar of inter-disciplinary collaboration, exploring the boundaries of technology, the arts, and entrepreneurship. We want to shorten the distances between disciplines, make many introductions between curious participants, and encourage collaborative project work over the course of the weekend.

Over the last few weeks we've been focused on planning discussions for our big summer event in August. As a welcome break we're now looking forward to bringing everyone together in a more social setting: to meet, chat, to show off our secret superpowers, and to make a few things together. We hope to end up with many new open threads, new friendships, and many starting points for projects that we can pick up later.

This is not a public event, and we will not promote it widely, instead we are focused on getting together the initial founding group. However this is also a great opportunity to invite new collaborators, so by all means tell others who you think may be interested in such a setting.

The Hack the Barbican Bazaar is a free non-profit event, and we want to be as inclusive as possible. This also means that we're aiming to keep costs low, and instead build on the resources of all participants. Bring equipment and things to play with, but do check with us in advance if you intend to bring very large or power-hungry things. We also appreciate your donations so we can cover a few basic venue costs.

See below for further event details.

Hack the Barbican: Bazaar

Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 18:00 - Sunday, 28 April 2013 at 21:00 (BST)

Ticket Information

Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee
Project participant (all weekend) Ended Free £0.00

Event Details

This is a private event, and you need to register in order to attend. However places are limited, so please only register if you actually intend to come!

Do let us know in advance if you plan to bring very large equipment, equipment with large power requirements, or have other special needs. 

Event Schedule

These times are preliminary. We will email you with a more detailed schedule before the event.
Evening of Saturday, 27 April (6pm-11pm) 
Opening event, introductions, project formation, project kick-off.

The kitchen in the Green Room will serve affordable food and drinks until 8pm.
The day will close with a social gathering of all participants.

All day on Sunday, 28 April (11am-9pm)

We will start the day with a shared brunch at 11am, so bring food and drink for a communal food table!
The rest of the day will be focused on project work, socialising, and presentations, with a closing event in the evening.
Note that the kitchen in the Green Room is closed on Sundays, but Costa and the Food Hall upstairs will be open.

Event Space

 We have access to three large rooms:

  • The Pit theatre, a stage with theatre seating and a projection surface.
  • The Green Room, a cantine where we can eat, drink, and socialise.
  • The Rehearsal Room, a bright and quiet space with a large wall mirror.

Event Programme

We will provide space for people to come together, to talk and to work on projects. Bring things to play with, such as your own projects in progress, workshop ideas, interesting devices and materials, pens and pencils, things you are mesmerised by and that others may appreciate too. If you prefer that others don't play with what you brought: just label it accordingly.

To give you an early glimpse, these and other projects have been proposed so far:

  • Nervous Music: Handheld lie detectors are hacked to create individual musical instruments.
    Responding to changes in moisture on human skin, the output of the instruments is directly
    affected by how nervous the performers are. The more anxious the musicians become the less control they have and the more uncontrollable the sound becomes.
  • The Hackspace Ensemble: We will be working on the interactive sound installation we're preparing to show at the summer event. Hopefully we'll be at a stage where we're able to get others to test out the different musical interfaces of the work and provide us with some feedback.
  • Playlab London (& anyone else who wants to play about): Using the impact game framework to build fun experiences around live pulse data. Methods outlined in this blog post:
  • ...


We aspire to make this event as inclusive and accessible as possible. Please do let us know when we fail to meet these aims, and let us know how we can do better.

The Pit theatre is fully wheelchair accessible.

About "Hack the Barbican"

This weekend is part of our preparations for Hack the Barbican in August 2013. For one month we will take over the Barbican's foyer spaces to create an experimental playground of technology, art & entrepreneurshipThe core of the event will be a series of residencies hosted in specially-constructed studios and workshops spread throughout the public foyer spaces in which a range of practitioners will develop new work across disciplines. Alongside these residencies a constellation of public workshops, performances and talks will showcase their creations and explore the heritage of inter-disciplinary thinking. The event is being curated through an experimental process based on collective debate and decision-making.

If you're new to this group and want to get involved: follow @hackthebarbican for infrequent announcements, have a look at the Hack the Barbican wiki with further documentation (you need to create an account before you can get access), subscribe to our Hack the Barbican mailing list, and come to one of our weekly meetings!

Do you have questions about Hack the Barbican: Bazaar? Contact the organiser
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When & Where

Silk Street, stage entrance
(Between main entrance and car park)
EC2Y 8DS London
United Kingdom

Saturday, 27 April 2013 at 18:00 - Sunday, 28 April 2013 at 21:00 (BST)

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