HAck the archive
Saturday, 24th March, 2018
What was “hack the archive”?
A digital content production and archive hackathon lab project funded by the Arts Council England as part of BMAG’s plan to release an image and sound archive for use by others. Working to ‘hack’ the contents through spoken word, writing and technology responses over a short period of time.
We started with workshops with Beatfreeks: Free Radical and Writing West Midlands which produced around 15 new works, ranging from spoken word and poems to snippets and essays.
We then invited hackers, technologists, artists and museum enthusiasts to get involved for a day with the writers, where we would build and imagine projects that were built using the archive as inspiration. These could be for visitors, volunteers, digital or physical purposes.
The workshop at BMAG was run by Julia Higginbottom and the wirters were then able to work over the next week on their initial pieces and use them to inspire their team members at the hack day.
Free Radical Workshop
BeatFreeks: Free Radical handpicked a small number of emerging artists for a workshop in the BMAG This work led to some of those being filmed and performed at the Hack Day.
At the 1 day hack in March, we had 35 attendees ranging from writers, performers to technologist and museum enthusiasts. The worked over the day to plan and prototype or even build some working models.
Writing West Midlands Workshop
BeatFreeks: Free Radical Workshop
At the end of the event, 12 ideas formulated and presented at the show and tell. These ranged from a twitterbot which used the archive to tweet pictures and writing to a prototype for an archive object that recited words from the writer.
The core purpose of Birmingham Museums Trust is to showcase their outstanding collections and venues to inspire learning, creativity and enjoyment.
Free Radical (Beatfreeks Collective) fundamentally believe there is space to craft a new world whilst working to improve the one we have. That’s why we’ve created a collective of companies using creativity for good; platforms for the art activists and the entrepreneurs..
Rebel Labs is a an innovation organisation run by Comutiny Ltd, and is committed to helping individuals, communities and organisations understand how they can harness the potential of digital to power-up and improve their future.
Writing West Midlands
We support creative writers and creative writing in the West Midlands region. We run workshops, conferences, residencies and networking throughout the year