"Turn On, Boot Up, Jack In!”
Have you ever tripped on technology? Traveled to another world in your own head? Lost all sense of reality? We’re not talking about dropping acid–just the coded kind–and tripping out on virtual reality, holograms, mind control and more… We did, along with the other tech enthusiasts and future pioneers at #Hackstock, with whom we partnered up to showcase the latest technology innovations and beyond.
60’s psychedelic guru, Timothy Leary, updated the infamous acid-test phrase “Turn on, Tune in, Drop out,” at the turn of the internet age into “Turn on, boot up, jack in” to reflect the power of technology to give us out of-this-world, mind-tripping experiences. Get ready to leave the real world behind... faaar behind... and boot up and jack into the virtual space of Hackstock.
In collaboration with Sci-Fi Film Festival, Hackstock is giving us just that by making science fiction a reality.
Holograms, virtual reality, mind control… sounds like creations of Matrix and Star Wars proportions… but they exist. Hackstock is bringing these mind-blowing sensory stimulating experiences to you first hand.
So what is Hackstock?
Hackstock is the cyberdelic brain child of an Alt. state pioneers of tech dreamers, creators, and hackers transcending the limitations of perception and reality.
Does all of this sound new to you? You’re not alone, but it’s as easy as pressing a button or putting on a VR headset, and letting your mind explore. Inside the virtual realm, you lose complete contact with the real world, like entering inside a video game within a seemingly endless space where anything is possible.
But we’re talking about so much more than just VR: Holograms, augmented reality, 360 social video and live experiential, Time Run (role play), Haptic Technology (wearable tech), drawing within a virtual space…. there will also be workshops, panels, pop-up hacker experiences, and Talkoake, a spontaneous pop-up talk show and participant-led discussion around the ‘UFO’ of chat…. all under one roof for four days.
So we’re calling all hackers, geeks, creatives, tech enthusiasts, aliens, alternate reality seekers… ANYONE intrigued by this new wave of powerful technology… Come find each other and experience the future.
Who is Behind Hackstock?
#Hackstock is the brain child of Cyberdelic guru James Edward Marks. James is the mastermind behind #HackthePlanet virtual reality app recently selected for the 20th annual Webby Awards, and is executive producer of the upcoming film The Banksy Job about “art terrorist” AK-47, known as the villain to Banksy’s hero, and which is set to premiere at Tribeca Film Festival. From #HackthePlanet to #Hackstock, James’s vision brought to life alongside his team of Alt. state pioneers of tech dreamers, creators, and hackers are offering a virtual reality portal into an immersive cyberdelic universe for tech lovers and space cadets everywhere.
Where is Hackstock?
In this case, location is just as much a key player as the other #Hackstock partners. The four day tech marathon will take place at the Trampery, a private London-based club and creative laboratory founded in 2009 by Charles Armstrong at the heart of “Tech City”. Specialising in strategy, design and management for innovation facilities, the Trampery has launched a collective of sector-focused incubators in software, fashion, retail, digital arts and travel. With HRH the Duke of York as Patron, the Trampery partners include the Barbican Centre, the London College of Fashion and Groupe Publicis.
Who Was There
Hackstock was a melting pot of some of the most innovative and creative technologies already at our fingertips and a window into what the innovators behind them are striving for. There were workshops revolving around Context Engineering (CE) and investigating hybrid transformative technologies and techniques that combined the affordances of the analogue with the digital to enable a new era of Hyper Function, Sensory Augmentation and Perceptual Adaptation. The questions posed at this round table were endlessly fascinating… How adaptable is our perception? How neuro-plastic is the brain, what are the biological risks of CE? How can hybrid technological devices help us to reconnect to ourselves and to the surrounding environment? How important is immersion for over coming and subverting the human condition? To what extent can content create context? How can we find an appropriate balance in this hybrid environment?
And then there was mind controlled VR Cinema. You heard that right. Brought to #Hackstock by MyndPlay. We experienced mind controlled videos and games inside our own private VR viewing room. We literally took control of the content and narrative with just our mind and emotions while watching our brainwaves in real time on the wall. The result was watching your mind alter the story made of over 30 games and interactive movies to choose from.
And then there were the VR experiences… #Hackstock founder, James Edward Mark’s, latest webby award winning app #HackthePlanet VR, we turned on and plugged into the world of cyberdelics, tripping on VR to the tunes of cyberpunk music.
And then there was Viens! (Come) VR, the sensually playful, live-action VR, three women and four men, all naked, appear out of nowhere in the white sunny space of a bright room outside of time and part of the Sundance New Frontiers & Kaliedescope Selection.
And then fabulous.wonderland VR, also part of Sundance New Frontiers Selection, was the psychedelic Alice in Wonderland inspired by wonder.land, the National Theatre’s new musical, and given life in virtual reality. We tumbled down the rabbit hole and landed in wonder.land’s Sunshine Garden and as multicoloured brilliance of wonder.land unfolds, the Cheshire Cat hovers above.
And on the real world side, Richard Watson had a signing of his latest book Digital vs Human: How We’ll Live, Love and Think in the Future alongside a panel taking a look at the moment between science fiction and science fact: Who is influencing whom here? Can sci-fi be used as a serious forecasting tool? What major themes are sci-fi writers writing about now that might be a guide for the technologies emerging in the years ahead? Where do sci-fi writers get their science from and are sic-fi writers prophets or just good guessers?
Mybryonic (Fish Island Labs Alumani), the digital design studio working at the intersection of art and technology, brought us Amplify VR, the new technology platform that allows artists to create amazing musical experiences in virtual reality easily, opening up the possibilities of musical expression.
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