Category Archives: Tech & Art

Announcing our inaugural Unknown Territory Fellows and Artist-In-Residents

The Hacktory is excited to announce it has selected 4 Fellowships and 6 Philadelphia-based Artists-In-Residence for our inaugural Unknown Territory Fellowship and Artist-In-Residency programs. Both programs offer the selected artists the opportunity to learn and explore at the edges of technology and art, literally in unchartered territory, to create new experiences and new possibilities with […]

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Great start to tech week with light sabers

We had a blast over the weekend kicking off Philly Tech Week with tons of light hacking! From kaleidoscopes to a room-size camera obscura, we had lots of activities to explore optics and learn about the tools some artists have been using for centuries to create more realistic images. A major favorite were the light […]

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Light Hacking workshop this weekend

Let there be light hacking! In conjunction with Philly Tech Week, Join us for a two-day exploration/build session/make-a-thon that explores optics, light,and interactivity. There will be a variety of projects each day for you to play with, and some for you to build and take home with you. Day 1 (Saturday): learn how the Old […]

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Call for Applications

We are pleased to announce that we are now accepting applications for our Unknown Territory Residency and Fellowship! We won a generous grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation as part of it’s Knight Arts Challenge to make this project happen, and with the help of 262 kickstarter backers, we were able […]

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Backing up your Raspberry Pi boot images on your Macintosh

You’ve got your Raspberry Pi computer running smoothly. It does exactly what you want it to do with timed cron jobs and crafty python code. You’ve installed countless new apps via apt-get, and now you’re admiring your work as it hums along using a mere trickle of power compared to your aging desktop. You think […]

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Circuit Bending Music Hack Workshop

Saturday March 1, 1-3 pm Circuit bending is an experimental and creative way to modify audio electronics and discover unique and unusual sounds and functions within the original piece of equipment. In this workshop, you’ll be introduced to the basic techniques of circuit bending using an Atari Punk Console noise maker that has already been […]

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8static Festival – October 17, 18, 19

8static is celebrating 5 years of amazing live chip music shows and, having outgrown their most recent venue at PhilaMoca, they are moving on to bigger and better things, including their own label. Their upcoming festival, which showcases around 30 artists over three days, is the perfect way to celebrate! It all starts on Thursday, October 17th […]

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Firefly Prototyping

Firefly Prototyping from The Hacktory on Vimeo. We did a whole lot of soldering this past weekend, in preparation for our series of events where we will Light Up the Grays Ferry Crescent. There’s quite a bit more to do, but we’re pretty excited about our fireflies. We put together this quick video to show […]

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New Event: Max Project Session

Have you started messing around with Max (previously known as Max/MSP/Jitter), only to find yourself frustrated and confused? Feel like you’ve exhausted what you can learn from the tutorials, or that you’ve just hit a wall? This class is for those who are familiar with the Max environment, and have a specific project they need […]

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Manic Machine: Artists Wanted!

This post comes from Lyric Prince, who’s recently contacted the Hacktory about her next round of Manic Machine participatory art events. Artists who want to make some large interactive art with crowd participation: read on! Manic Machine, an interactive art installation series that travels around the city of Philadelphia, is currently looking for artists and […]

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