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E C H O C H A M B E R Art Hack Event

Mar 25, 2017 12:00 AM – Mar 26, 2017 12:00 AM


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March 25-26, for 48 hours, artists and hackers will inhabit PNCA to create a flash exhibit on the theme “ECHO CHAMBER.” PNCA’s new research lab, Make + Think + Code, hosts Art Hack Day, an internet-based nonprofit dedicated to hackers whose medium is art and artists whose medium is tech. We bridge the gap between art, technology and entrepreneurship with grassroots hackathons & exhibitions that demonstrate the expressive potential of new technology and the power of radical collaboration in art. We believe in non-utilitarian beauty through technology and its ability to affect social change for public good.

Visitors are invited to join the teams on Sunday March 26 starting at 6:00PM for a closing exhibition, live performances, and party.

How many likes make a truth?

The Internet was originally hailed as an inherently democratic medium that would promote democracy, sweep away corrupt gatekeepers, and make it easy for anyone to create or access knowledge. From that would come better solutions, more transparency, and citizens with more power than at any time in history.

Now the basic assumption of a common truth has been disrupted by a technology that can offer any reality and alter any history, on demand, 24/7. Rather than heralding a peaceful global commons we find ourselves fragmented into echo chambers and struggling to find common ground outside of our friends list.

As the dream of a democratic Internet fades we are left to question what role it actually plays in our society and government. As hackers we have little time to mourn the loss of techno-utopian ideals as there is an urgent need to critically examine the impact of our creation and consider mechanisms for mediation.

As hackers, many of us were involved in the development and advancement of the very Internet that now seems to be working against us. What do we do now that the Internet has revealed many of our dreams to be illusory?


For more information including participating artists please see the event website at:


511 Building - Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Center for Art and Design
Make + Think + Code Lab
511 NW Broadway
Portland, Oregon, 97209   [map]


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