Rewriting the Hack is curated and produced by digital artist Shelly Knotts and curator Suzy O'Hara. Part of Inhabiting the Hack a Communities and Culture Network project.
Shelly Knotts collaborates with humans and computers to make live coded and network technology facilitated music.She presents her artistic work internationally and has attended several residencies, think tanks, seminars and workshops including a number of hack events. In 2015 she participated in A Yorkshire Hack (Digital Utopias, Hull), Uncanny Valley (Inhabiting the Hack, Peak District), Digital Media Labs (Cumbria) and ODI Summit Creative Labs (BFI, London). She has taught coding workshops for women at female focussed tech events including MzTEK and FLOSSIE conference.
She was recently Performance Chair for the 1st International Conference of Live Coding and has worked on several projects developing communities in technology focussed music making including Network Music Festival and SOUNDKitchen.
Suzy O'Hara is a freelance digital curator and researcher who works across the UK and internationally. Her doctoral research is exploring collabroative commissioning and production models emerging between the arts and creative digital and technology industries at CRUMB, University of Sunderland. She has presented her research internationally. She has founded and curated Thinking Digital Arts (2014), a digital arts programme that supports collaborations between the arts and creative digital industries.Suzy has curated and produced a range of art hacks which explore the potential for creative co-creation.She curated and facilitated the Thinking Digital Arts Hack, which brought 24 artists and commercial, creative technologists together from across the UK and Europe to create projects over eight hours. Devised and delivered The City The City (is The City), a one-day workshop that critically explored simultaneous networked perspectives with a group of artists, designers, curators, students and journalists at BALTAN Laboratories, Eindhoven, Netherlands. And is co curator of Rewriting the Hack, the North East's first, female only art hack event, part of Inhabiting the Hack.
Suzy is co-founder of Nomadic Salon, a discussion platform investigating interdisciplinary, artistic strategies in different contexts and co - founder of the new media based curatorial collective Into Practice.
This hack has been funded by RCUK Digital Economy. Materials and equipment kindly provided by our wonderful partners Attaya Projects and House of Objects. Many thanks The Core, Science Central for hosting us. Tyne and Wear Museums, Mining Institute and Newcastle City Library for supporting us through their expertise and access to online archival resources.
We would also like to thank our speakers Jennifer Hillyard (Mining Institute) and Aude Charillon (Newcastle City Library), as well as Kathryn Beaumont for her performance of Wor Lass