Copy of The Hacking Urban Reality Series: Hack #1

The Hacking Urban Reality Series: Hack #1

A system is articulated in formal relationships – functions, components, language, rules, definitions, exceptions, etc. – that in a way give its members identity and can be exclude those who are not part of the system. Systems are something that can be broken into, taken apart, rebuilt, exposed, manipulated or simply shut down. This is the starting point for The Hacking Urban Reality Series: it is a system that is hacked.

DIAS (Digital Interactive Art Space) takes public, urban space or reality as its basis. Exhibitions, initiatives and projects are presented 24/7 all year at Vallensbæk Station. The gallery has been abolished and art has moved into the realm of everyday life. In this way, DIAS is closely linked to the solid social system of Denmark, and also has a direct relationship to the members of that system as they pass through the station every day.

Blind Spots

The Hacking Urban Reality Series challenges the exchange between art and society. The idea is to expose the blind spots, errors and habits of the system that make it difficult to establish new public discourses. The hackers’ main motivation with the project is to investigate how critical, site-specific and exhaustive art in urban space can be. Can a new kind of art that has the capacity to retain its artistic significance and achieve genuine dialogue with its surroundings (i.e. not be rejected out of hand as an irrelevant artefact) be created? In other words, how can contemporary art penetrate a reality that in the context of DIAS has the dual role of being an everyday space and an art platform.

The hack is thus aimed at an artistic strategy where art intervenes, reinterprets, turns systems upside down and subverts established logic to line up new systems that incorporate chance as a guiding principle. The Indonesian curators Ade Darmawan and Alia Swastika use the logic of hacking to suggest ways of using this strategy. By representing an art practice that is different to that in Denmark and in coming from a different ‘system’ they hope to create new momentum. The hackers in their project are in this sense free of our system and therefore more able to get to grips with it.


– andreas siagian (lifepatch)

– arief yudi (jatiwangi art factory)

– arie syarifudin (jatiwangi art factory)

– mg pringgotono (serrum)

– farid rakun (institute ruangrupa)

– reza afisina (art lab ruangrupa)

The Hacking Urban Reality Series

02.-06.05: Hack #1 – curated by Ade Darmawan

10.-14.10: Hack #2 – curated by Ade Darmawan

07.-11.11: Hack #3 – curated by Alia Swastika



During Images 2016 nearly 100 artists from Africa, Asia and the Middle East puts the spotlight on global challenges and the artists role in society in 21 Danish art institutions. Behind Images 2016 is CKU, Center for Kultur og Udvikling, and the support and collaboration with CKU is imperative in DIAS realizing The Hacking Urban Reality Series.