telematic hacking

DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together.

DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration


What is Telematic Hacking?

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

First meeting: 28 November 2017
11:00 – 17:00 (GMT)
And through Google Hangouts

Participating artists will discuss and workshop ideas for Telematic Hacking. Each artist is open to interpret the brief in their own way, develop ideas discussed in the meetings, or work collaboratively. The use of Periscope will allow for the public to drop in on the development of the project.


Exposition I (opening event):  29 November
PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ
19:00 (GMT)
Free entry

Artists will present ideas and prototype-based telematic performance.


Artists include:
Network Ensemble

Tim Shaw

Aram Bartholl

Dirty Electronics

Tim Ward
Yiannis Kotsonis
Orestis Plakias


Participants can be telepresent


Google Hangouts


Cleanfeed (Chrome browser)

The event will be streamed to the Interfaces Interfaces YouTube channel and shown ‘live’ to an audience at the PACE Building, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.


November 2017 - March 2018
Location: the Net/UK

First meeting: 28 – 29 November 2017

Streaming and broadcast:

organised by:
De Montfort University