Summer Academy 2019: Coded Bodies

In the summer of 2019 Hackers & Designers brought together an international group of ambitious makers (hackers/designers/artists) to collectively engage with technology. During the 10 day program, consisting of workshops, public program, and publishing activities, tutors and mentors became participants, participants became workshop leaders – everyone took on the collective venture of shared responsibility, bringing in one’s own expertise, urgencies and experience. The program addressed makers who are not afraid to open, break and rethink software and hardware, learning by doing, and recognize the importance of researching the various consequences that arise in our contemporary information society.


The summer academy was rythmed by a series of public programs.

Extending, deconstructing, and reflecting on the (human, post-human, trans-human, non-human) body, the HDSA 2019 public program was spread out over the two weeks of the summer academy. Creating feedback loops between the activities of the academy participants and the public, the program included guided meditations focused on our relationship to artificial general intellgience, digital habits yoga, film screenings, conversations, morning raves, and more!


Coded Bodies

The 5th edition of the H&D Summer Academy focused on topics relating to the (human, post-human, trans-human, non-human) body and its interdependence with technology. By creating shared moments of learning and unlearning, H&D invited participating makers to get their hands dirty, all the while discussing topics related to ubiquitous computing, disappearance of interfaces, transhumanism, digitized bodies, biometric data, agency of user, representation and citizenship…

Participants of this year's summer academy were: Soyun Park, Ladipo Famodu, Bethany Crawford, Marianne Noordzij, Rogier Klomp, Chuck Kuan, Nezka Pfeifer, Ektor Theoulakis, Nadia Piet, Char Stiles, Ollie George, Dasha Ilina, Tanya Ermolaeva, Leon Butler, Lenka Hamosova, Pavol Rusnak, Maxim Safioulline, Zhi-fang Li, Andrea Valliere, Jonas Bohatsch, Ana Jeličić, Eurico Sá Fernandes, Stephen Fortune, Philip Ullman, Anja Groten, Selby Gildemacher, Heerko van der Kooij, Loes, Margarita Osipian and Juliette Lizotte


All the activities of HDSA2019:

Look back at the Video reports here!

Open call for workshop proposals

BYOW (Bring Your Own Workshop)

The participants and workshops were selected through an open call!

The H&D Summer Academy aims to create space for experimentation, self-organisation, self-determined learning, and peer2peer exchange, while promoting ‘hands-on learning’ to enable critical design and developer’s practices. We therefore open the possibility for participants to contribute to the Summer Academy with a workshop.

  • Participation in the H&D Summer Academy was free for workshop contributors.
  • Limited space for workshop contributions. We therefore made a selection.
  • All workshop contributors had to commit to the full program of the H&D Summer Academy. 

We had many applications and decided to combine some workshops. We therefor created some pairs to push every workshop further. This experimental approach turned out to be very fruitful, enriching technical workshops with a deeper theoretical backbone and some more speculative workshops with a real hands-on side!

Open call for participation

If you didn't feel comfortable applying with a workshop you could also participate to the Summer Academy was as a "participant"

The participation fee for the 2 week program was 300€, including all workshops, public programs, a collective welcome dinner and daily lunch catered by vegan magician Tara's keuken.

You could submit your motivation for joining the 5th edition of the Hackers & Designers Summer Academy 'Coded Bodies' before June 1 through this typeform!

The H&D Summer Academy is developed with the kind support of: