FutureEverything and the British Council  hosted a weekend Art Lab at Strelka in Moscow from 27th to 29th September 2013. The event created a space for idea generation and exploration through rapid prototyping, creative experimentation and low risk play.

We invited interested and interesting artists, computer programmers, designers, creative technologists and cultural organisations to come along and take part.

The event was part of a pioneering programme that encourages open collaboration with people who have different skills to create something original. This process is about meeting new people, learning new things and changing the way you work, prototype and develop. It is a space to innovate and be creative.

The programme culminated in a showcase of prototypes developed over the weekend and a chance to win a variety of prizes, including the opportunity to show the prototype at MIGZ and money to develop the project further.

You can find out more about previous British Council Culture Shifts here.

We asked a handful of cultural organisations to open up their own data for the event. The cultural organisations released this data exclusively for the event and gave participants the opportunity to play and prototype with the new information.

There will be various activities taking place alongside the hack, including workshops and films. There will also be an opportunity for participants to use a 3D printer or makerbot, with mentors on hand if assistance is required.

Facilitating the event from FutureEverything:

Tom Higham  Tom is Executive Producer at FutureEverything. He led and facilitated the Art Lab.

Joeli Brearley – Joeli is Innovation Projects Officer of FutureEverything and Director of CultureCode. She worked with the local producer to pull together a really exciting and rewarding experience for all the participants.

For a full list of jury members and bios, click here.

Photo: David Barrie