HACK THE CITY
Hacking refers to the re-purposing of resources, the customisation of existing tools and the infiltration of existing systems to create new possibilities. Applying the hacker ethos to city systems is a way to generate ideas for alternative, sustainable ways of living in the city that place common interest over private gain.
HACK THE CITY: Cultural activism in urban space is a critical and contextual studies course for students across the spectrum of Art and Design disciplines at Limerick School of Art & Design. The course is developed in partnership with FREE*SPACE, a project by Fiona Woods, to introduce 3rd year undergraduate students to the field of critical spatial practice, which includes urban hacking.
Working individually and in teams, students engage with forms of hacktivism and counter-mapping, exploring ways to activate publicness and usership in urban spaces . Working with the city-as-classroom model the course takes place across a range of public spaces in the city, including one public presentation of team research.
Students also respond to the question 'What do you understand by the term critical spatial practice?' in a written essay.