At The Space launch event last summer at the Tate Modern over 150 coders, hackers and digital artists were challenged to take any dataset and turn it into a work of art over the course of 24 hours.
With participants camped out overnight for the art hack, Tate’s cavernous Turbine Hall was transformed into a vast coder’s paradise, replete with the kind of creatively charged atmosphere that only a looming deadline can provide.
Backed by the likes of Sir Tim Berners Lee and the Oscar-winning visual effects teams behind both Gravity and Inception, the event also had the support of dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei, who donated data that he and thousands of bloggers had collected for those at #HackTheSpace to use.
This data consisted of the names of over 5,000 children killed in the 2008 Sichuan Earthquake – information initially obscured by the Chinese government following a scandal over…
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