At #bcb13 I talked about #hackthebarbican

I gave people the lowdown on why we’re doing it, what we’re doing, how far we’ve got, what we need now:

why we’re doing it

  • The Barbican Centre approached Charles Armstrong to produce something for the month of August while the concert hall and theatre space are being refurbished. Charles sensibly asked some of his friends to come together to think about it and they invited more people.


  • during the month of August the indoor public areas of the Barbican Centre will be taken over by a self-organising, interdisciplinary experiment in creative collaboration – there will be residencies, events, talks, installations – the biggest limit on the list of things there’ll be is the law… and the fact that the Barbican is a Grade II listed building.

how far we’ve got

  • We’ve had an organising group meeting every week since the beginning of the year. We’ve run a Bazaar weekend to try out how it might work. We’re just about to start doing weekly social collaboration sessions to help people who want to get involved to get to know each other better and talk about things they might do in August.

what we need now

  • We need people to propose residencies and events. Those links are to pages with forms to submit ideas on the website. We also need people to get involved – take a look at the site and see what you think – you can join the mailing list.

Ideas popped up: Making a map of the centre in Minecraft, a Silent Disco, messing with the lights, messing with the plasma screen etc.