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Art Hack Day Is Tomorrow at 319 Scholes

by Hrag Vartanian on January 27, 2012

Tomorrow, the doors of 319 Scholes open for the public unveiling of the 48-hour projects that were created during Art Hack Day at the East Williamsburg art/tech space.

Today, Hyperallergic got a guided tour by Nahana Schelling and Olaf Mathé of the behind the scene action that the invited team of hackers are producing as they realize their digital projects.

319 Scholes is a hotspot for the tech/art nexus that has a natural home in New York. Art Hack Day aims to bring “together hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is technology.” The space is rich with technological resources and Marko Manriquez of Fabricator’s Guild showed us their Trotec Speed 300 laser printer, which is hooked up to cut into almost any surface you can image. His work on the outside of the 319 space, using moss and an adhesive, was pretty lovely. I liked the idea that a sign can grow and change, transforming a brick wall into a home for a living organism, though they’ll have to replace that soon enough, no?

Here is a small and incomplete visual tour of some of the evolving projects that should whet you appetite and encourage you to visit their big party tomorrow night, Saturday, January 28 (7-9pm), which will be followed by a DJ event.

For those outside Brooklyn, there will also be a virtual tour of the show tomorrow (Saturday) that you can watch online. Follow @319scholes or @arthackday for information on when that will occur.

The mossy "graffiti" is part of a project called "Ecology Without Nature" (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

These two programmers were working on "One Hole Punch" which will punch holes in your environment (aka collects circle forms using your iPhone camera).

The teams in the front room hard at work at the halfway point in their 48-hour marathon.

F.A.T. Labs is creating a notation language for turntabling. Just think, their invention will ensure that turntablers will be able to share information about new scratches and tricks or transform their art into a new level of abstraction.

A view of the busy programmers in the backroom area.

For their contribution to Art Hack Day, Reed and Rader are cooking up "Pizza Machine" which will allow visitors to digitally feed pizza to trippy looking models by pressing a pizza-like button.

Keith from Makerbot showed us a half skull he printed using the newest MakerBot, known as Replicator.

Some of the hackers in the basement were gold foiling sculptures and making video games using mirrors and LED lights.

Marko Manriquez showed us a few detailed pieces that the Trotec Speedy 300 laser printer can produce.

The Art Hack Day exhibition is open to the public Sat Jan 28 7pm-9pm at 319 Scholes (319 Scholes Street, East Williamsburg, Brooklyn)

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