Data science is often treated as hard fact whilst art tends to look at the world in shades of grey. In our new project AXNS Collective is exploring how art can inform the way data shapes our lives.

AXNS are staging a series of hacks to bring together designers (visual, interactive and sound), artists, scientists and developers to find new methods of data representation that push the boundaries of how we see, experience and use data.

The series of hacks form the R&D stage of a wider project about data representation, for which we intend to commission a multi-channel and multi-sensory art installation that represents one data set in multiple ways. The overall aim is to interrogate the illusion of the ‘neutral interface’ and explore how data can be brought closer to human experience. We are looking to find an artist or a group of artists to carry out the commission.


The challenge

Bringing together traditional visualization techniques with design, sound, movement, hardware, interfaces, apps and services we can find new perspectives on how we interact with our own data. We do this by ‘hacking’, finding low-key methods to create, combine, manipulate and transfer data across platforms, services, software and hardware.

Can you take that data and present it in a new context or medium that demonstrates an insight?

How do we create new ways to interact with and experience the data that defines us more and more?
Some areas for exploration in the hacks include (but are not exclusive to):


Privacy and ownership issues

  • How in control are we of our own data? How easy is it to access?

The individual and Big data:

  • How are people characterised in data sets about personal habits? How recognisable are these ‘character’ to us?
  • Can we empower people to use available data, personal and otherwise, in a way that is meaningful to them?

Perception of data:

  • By experiencing the same set of data in a multi-channel way, do we perceive it differently?
  • Does experiencing data in a new medium and context change the insights we get from it?


Who should apply?

Hackers, makers, coders, artists, games designers, interaction designers, illustrators, musicians, data scientists, developers, dancers. Anyone with a passion for data and creating, regardless of whether that stems from a technology or an art perspective, is welcome.You don’t have to be an expert with data manipulation, but data literacy will be required.

The name of the game is collaboration. You will be ‘set up’ with other practitioners with similar interests to you to work together and create ideas and prototypes for an artwork exploring data representation. We will be looking for ideas to take forward and commission but the hacks will more importantly be fun and creative opportunities to meet people with similar passions.


When and Where?

The first event will take place on 18th July from 10.30am – 7.30om at The Cube, London.
(Studio 5, 155 Commercial Street, London, E1 6BJ)



Snacks will be provided throughout the day and we will end the day with drinks at a local watering hole.

[column size=one_quarter position=first ]10:00
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[column size=three_quarter position=last ]Grand Opening & introductions
Intro and demos of data and other projects
Team building & start hacking!
Resume working
Show & Tell
Move to ***next location*** for drinks, networking and feedback on ideas
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How to apply

Get in touch and tell us about yourselves. Complete the short application form at the link below. The events are free.







In partnership with The Cube, London



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