Art-A-Hack’s Open Call for Its Special CYFEST11 Edition in 2018

For 2018, Art-A-Hack™ partners with CYLAND MediaArtLab to present new collaborative project during CYFEST11 in St. Petersburg. Art-A-Hack™ Special Edition CYFEST-11 (2018) is a collaborative creation between groups of artists/engineers, designers/makers, or whatever combination arises based on open project proposals.

Previous years of Art-A-Hack included inventions, installations, collaborations, performances, which you can read about in the report, watch in the live-streamed video or see in these blogs and videos.

Are you interested in taking part? To apply now, please read the Open Call below and send your ideas to We really want to work with you!

Make sure you are available to take part on the dates of January 20-21, 27-28. If you cannot commit to those specific dates then please reconsider your application. Send us your ideas, we’ll team you up with like-minded souls, and you can blast off into the stratosphere together.

The deadline for applications is December 20, 2017 – early applications are very much appreciated.

Open Call

Here’s the deal: we will provide space for two weekends (10am-6pm) in January (January 21,22,28,29), equipment, facilitation and advice, and stellar showcase opportunities.

During two weekends we will co-create at a site provided by the festival. There will be a pre-event social on January 17, as well as presenting finished prototypes at CYFEST 2018 in February.

How to apply

To apply, send your ideas now to This year’s topic is “Weather forecast: digital cloudiness”. Describe a project idea you want to try, the technologies you’d like to get into, or the skills you have to contribute. If you are an artist and do not have tech skills, that is ok. Conversely, if you are a programmer and don’t have any compelling ideas, that is ok as well. If you have any special equipment you can contribute, we welcome you to tell us. When we receive your applications, we will match you up with others to help you achieve your ambitions.

Please include info on any technical tools or programs you know, or a project proposal you have. If you want to focus on a subject area or social issue, let us know. Each year we group people together around the most compelling proposals. This means your specific idea may not be selected, in which case we will try to find you a team and a project which matches your skills and interests.

This is an ad-hoc process, and we can’t always match everybody to teams, but we work hard to create aligned teams and have had great results from the process.

Dates for your calendar

Here’s a list of scheduled dates to mark off in your calendars. Please make sure if you are going to apply that you are available for all of the listed dates!

December 7 (midnight)— Deadline for applications

December 20 – Announcements of participants

January 17 (6pm-9pm)— Pre-event Social

January 21 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 1

January 22 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 2

January 28 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 3

January 29 (10am-6pm)— Co-creation Day 4

February 3 (6pm-10pm)— Presentation at CYFEST 2018

3D Printer

Body Interface

  • Kinect 1, Kinect 2
  • More on request


  • Arduino (LilyPad, Uno, etc)
  • Various shields, sensors, actuators, components (we can order more if required)

Presentation Facilities

  • Projectors
  • Plasms
  • PA/Sound system

This is just a partial list, and we will be adding more equipment before the start of Art-A-Hack. We look forward to hearing from you!


Anna Zavediy

Production coordinator


CYLAND MediaArtLab


Ellen Pearlman

Director ThoughtWorks Arts Residency –

President Art-A-Hack –


Fulbright World Learning Specialist in Media, Art and Technology


Andy McWilliams

Director ThoughtWorks Arts Residency –

Director, Art-A-Hack –

Director – Hardware Hack –