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ACEcy / the Structure / Η Δομή

Project News

[06/11/2015] We found the materials for the first stage. We're transferring them to the site tomorrow! We start building on Saturday!
[13/10/2015] We found some money & are going ahead!
[28/03/2015] Got word from Burning Man Grant eh
[20/01/2015] Going for a making-platform rather than a full-blown junkyard per se (a matter of realism). Also H4C may be able to grant us a location. More soon.
[23/12/2014] Burning Man Arts is interested in funding this! Full proposal due Feb 1st, 2015.

The Project Βrief

[translations follow]
the Structure(aceCY: a project on transparency and do-ocracy)
November 11 - December 31, 2015

*Opening Event:
Bring Your Own Light
Wednesday, November 11, 20:30
Opposite Ledra Palace, in the parking lot next to Home4Cooperation

We are building a Structure, an open participatory workspace, a modular transparent makerspace, or a durational interactive public art installation (!) for/with techies, artists, makers, inventors, and all sorts of idlers or people who like to play. The idea for the Structure is based on the principles of re-use, recycling, and reclamation of materials, as well as on the principles of radical inclusion, gifting, de-commodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, “Leaving No Trace,” participation, and immediacy. The project’s politics are those of do-ocracy, of making, openness, freedom, transparency, and collaboration.

In this spirit we invite you to
- come join us in gathering tools and re-usable materials
- build a Structure and add to it gradually as new ideas and needs come up
- talk about relevant types of work / demos / prototypes
- party!

Opening Event: Bring Your Own Light, Wednesday, November 11, 20:30
The first thing is figure out how to light the Structure at night. Bring your own light source. Bring your own booze. Bring ideas. There will be some kind of music / audio output.

For the next two months we’ll be improvising with different types of making, and various actions, workshops, and parties at the Structure. You can take part, stay updated and suggest stuff to do at these links

Facebook project page:
Facebook event:

IRC: Freenode #hack66 |

*Lefkoşa Hackerspace

*ARTos | +357 22445455


*hack66 Comms dispatch 892222.01
Τhe idea was developed by the people at hack66 in conversation with friends from the Lefkoşa Hackerspace, and with the accumulated genius of the ARTos Foundation. The project received initial encouragement by Burning Man Arts, which called for experimental and radically participatory public art projects, but in the end it didn’t get funded. The concept was reformulated and is now taking place with the support of the Cultural Services of the Ministry of Education and Culture, and the Home for Cooperation, in collaboration with various Cyprus-based organizations, as well as any and all interested groups and individuals. This is a way for us to research and find tools and solutions in preparation for the zombie apocalypse and the changes of environmental conditions ahead. Get in touch if you have an idea about the kind of resources we should be working with.

*hack66 Comms dispatch 892222.14
The UN should also be mentioned. We’ll be relying on their help / permission / legal authority a lot. The principle of radical inclusion seems especially interesting to try and apply on the Green Line considering definitions of Cypriot citizenship, immigration policy, and states of exception.

*hack66 hack66 Comms dispatch 892222.15
Fri 6/11: Steel framework materials arrival
Sat - Tue 7-10/11: Design, tools collection, construction
Wed 11/11 | 20:30: Bring your own light!

Older Project Briefs

The idea is to build a transparent modular structure, that will serve as a temporary makerspace, a durational interactive public art installation (!), or a haven for techies, artists, and idlers of all sorts. This will run on the principles of radical inclusion, gifting, de-commodification, radical self-reliance, radical self-expression, communal effort, civic responsibility, “Leaving No Trace,” participation, and immediacy. This was initially developed by hack66 in response to a call by the Burning Man Global Arts Grants (a call focusing on experimental & participatory public space projects) and is now taking place with the support of ARTos and the RoC Cultural Services. Location: The Home for Cooperation has agreed to let us use a plot of land next to their premises which makes it easy to unite forces with the Lefkosia Hackerspace, and it also makes a great place to host a party!
Come join us!

Live doc here:
Catch up with the project development and join the discussion here [is this current?]:


Initial Concept

Part of hack66's Hackware Needed series
This picks up from the Functional Hardware Exchange Party v.1 which brought Loizos G. into the fold, kickstarted the mobile lab, and brought us into a new chapter of brainstorming around Ace's junkyard in SF.

Let's see now..

Preliminary brief
The project / durational interactive public art-work brings together a community of artists and techies in Nicosia, the divided capital of the island of Cyprus, to construct and creatively exploit a junkyard in the spirit of Bill Kennedy's ACE Junkyard, between April 2015 and April 2016.

Preliminary project description
The goal is to create a durational interactive art-installation in the form of a large, open, and openly managed space to collect junk and to work on all sorts of hardware. Its primary physical manifestation will be an actual junkyard to hold within it the potential for other unexpected manifestations, projects and works by the community. We visualise this as a haven for techies, artists, and idlers of all sorts, coming to share tools and resources and to learn from each other. As a type of “social sculpture,” this can be something especially powerful at a time when the country is hitting a deep financial crisis, and a lot of people are driven to innovation, or to creative madness, out of sheer need. The idea is to use the funds to gather equipment that would allow for tech projects and art-pieces (no distinguishing line from us here) to come together out of junk. Ideally we’d be able to find a space on the Buffer Zone in a location with easy access for people on both sides of the island. The junkyard would be managed by the community, a hackerspace - innovation centre hybrid in the South in collaboration with the Lefkosia Hackerspace in the North. On the side of the arts the project will develop in collaboration with and ACEcy would follow an open, do-ocratic, modified consensus process. We would start working on the junkyard in April 2015 and keep it going till April 2016, organising events on art and technology, creative hardware recycling, and hardware freedom along the way.

This project is proposed as one great piece of art, as a curated arts program and series of events, as a public-art project, a community-building project, a large-scale interactive installation, and a social sculpture, all at once. It brings together artists and technologists around the idea of hardware freedom and uses the organisational formats of do-ocracy and modified consensus to allow further projects and collaborations to develop. It aims to create an environment, that of a junkyard, with its own distinct and potentially transgressive aesthetics, an aesthetics that stays open with regard to further creative possibilities.
This is a project about the commons, and at the same time an experiment in participation that builds on a number of intersections: the coming together of two nascent Cypriot hackerspaces (hack66 and Lefkosia Hackerspace, based on either side of the divided island), the coming together of art and technology as distinct but connected fields of creativity, and the coming together of a local artistic and technological reality and the greater, distant, but ideologically akin context of Burning Man, and the openness it promotes.


nee, achilleas, loizos, Camerlengo

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