Digital art project The Space opens with hackathon at Tate Modern

A digital arts collaboration funded by the BBC and Arts Council, The Space, opened at the weekend with a hackathon at Tate Modern.

The Space is designed to “promote freedom of expression and the combination of art and technology” and the initial event led to the creation of 40 projects. The hackathon also marked an open call from The Space for digital tech creative to submit an original idea. Winning entries will be developed into art works for The Space.

More than 140 artists were invited to the 24-hour hack launch event, and one notable contribution on the day came from international artist Ai Weiwei, who offered a unique set of data for the hack.

Weiwei said he wanted to encourage participants “to be ambitious, take risks and hope that they will create a meaningful piece of digital art with the data set”.

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