INTRODUCING GLASS TECH-HACK
Glass Tech-Hack is an innovation project in collaboration with The Glass Factory, Boda glasbruk, Sweden and other collaborative partners. It runs from 2018 - 2020 with the second live making event running from 15th March - 17th March 2019. We believe this project will be of particular interest as it is specifically focused around the practicalities of the scientist and glass practitioner working together.
The project arranges events of live streaming direct from the researchers office or laboratory to the studios of The Glass Factory. There the scientists will be able to talk and work practically with some of the world’s leading glass makers, technicians and creative innovators. We firmly believe this is the future of making for science and technology research. The project is a collaboration between Matt Durran and The Glass Factory. Project leader: Matt Durran.
Glass Tech-Hack is an innovation project focused on the development of interdisciplinary collaborations between glass practitioners and researchers in science and technology.
Its objectives are to: advance understanding of cross-innovation between researchers in science and technology and glass practitioners; to increase awareness of the skills available to researchers from glass practitioners who are capable of making imaginative leaps as well as demonstrating and utilizing new technologies, crafts, materials and applications; to investigate and clarify the differing methods of communication i.e. language, used by both researchers and glass practitioners.
THE CORE PROGRAMME
The core programme comprises a series of events taking place in The Glass Factory, Boda Glasbruk, Sweden from 2018 - 2020. The main elements:
1. Live making events where researchers from science and technology will be able to talk and work practically with some of the world’s leading glass makers, technicians and creative innovators.
2. Residencies encouraging artists to expand and diversify their art practice and communication skills in order to best serve the needs of science and technology researchers.
3. Seminars focused around the development of a shared language and the future potential for live making spaces – also to include discussions on what’s already happening in both the science and maker spheres and how we can use this knowledge to better inform future making and researchprogrammes.
4. Documentation of project/learning outcomes and anticipated influence of the project.
We anticipate that the programme will influence current thinking on the kinship between glass practitioners and researchers in the fields of science and technology and that it will achieve recognized impact within the professional practices of both communities. We will challenge the common misconceptions surrounding the current materials and techniques available to the glass practitioner and by focusing on the seriousness in play, will influence alternative perceptions of their value within the science and technology industries.