Art-A-Hack 2021 BeFantastic Together: Special Edition has begun. A cohort of over 60 artists, designers, and technologists from Singapore, Switzerland, South Asia, Germany, and the United States, have come together remotely to focus on the pressing issue of the global climate crisis.

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Exploring Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML), as well as data and networks, Art-A-Hack has brought together a diverse group of global practitioners to create collaborative artworks that amplify voices and rapid prototyping responses to the climate emergency.

With the support of the U.S. Embassy in Singapore, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia (New Delhi), Goethe-Institut / Max Muller Bhavan (Bangalore), and incubation from Thoughtworks Arts, and in partnership with Supernormal (Singapore), In The Wild (Singapore) and (USA), Art-A-Hack 2021 Special Edition is organizing across multiple hubs, functioning like an ‘online makers festival’.

Participants gained free training in strategies to tackle the climate emergency, AI/ML and tech and ideation during the month of August, and met an international group of like-minded people to discuss how to cultivate impactful, collaborative work, without borders. Participants have had the opportunity to form 11 teams during the month of September, developing prototypes and artworks, with the support of experienced mentors, including Andy McWilliams and Ellen Pearlman. Mentors also presented on how art and technology can intervene in the climate crisis, in the program series Dialogue: TechArt + Climate.

To learn more about this initiative visit the Art-A-Hack 2021 - BeFantastic Special Edition open call page.