Knowledge Hacking was an experimental research and exhibition project organized by the Department of Art Practice, UC Berkeley, and the Berkeley Center for New Media, as a parallel program with ZER01: The Art and Technology Network. Knowledge Hacking invited artists to use the university research environment as raw material for their work. The three projects selected demonstrated a range of ways in which scientists and artists might share their expertise, to better investigate how we understand and engage with our world.
Wonderarium is a proposal for a large-scale floating terrarium in Oakland’s Lake Merritt, for which the artists developed a small-scale prototype and innovated techniques for plant cultivation under extreme conditions. Energy Harvesting as Public Art included wearable objects, which incorporated nascent technologies in development at UC Berkeley to harness and make visible the kinetic energy of human movement. Limbique aimed to facilitate the development of a three-dimensional, topographical understanding of the brain's neural architecture, visualizing cognitive activity in three dimensions to create the framework upon which a deeper knowledge of neural function and regional intercommunication can be built.
Worth Ryder Art Gallery, University of California, Berkeley, CA. September 15-October 9, 2010.