Screen shot 2014-02-18 at 17.16.45 Hack Circus stands for a number of things: quality independent publishing; hearing diverse voices and getting out of the London echo chamber; working without a commercial agenda; entertainment; profiling projects, people and ideas you won't hear about elsewhere; making, playing and exploring. You're probably here because those things sound good to you, and if you'd like to be involved there are various ways we can make that happen.

1) Pitch an idea We're choosy and well connected to the right kinds of contributors, but we're always open to hearing about new people and projects. Maybe you have an amazing idea for a regular feature you could send in, a graphic you could create, or an interview you feel would be perfect for the mag? Get in touch.

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2) Take an advert It's early days, which means that advertising is still absurdly cheap (for you) while being an incredibly significant contribution (for us). Hack Circus currently reaches proper conferences, major media outlets, individuals, agencies, arts organisations and businesses – and its reach will just keep expanding. If you'd like to be seen by some of those eyes, get in touch.

Preview of Hack Circus Issue Two (March 2014)

3) Talk about Hack Circus In some ways this is the most important one. If you believe in some of the things listed at the top there ^ please tell people about Hack Circus. Are you looking for content for your own website, podcast or magazine? Get in touch. We have a lot to say about ourselves. Press get into the events free, and review copies of the mag are always available.

It's not just a magazine and an event series, it's a community and, well... a philosophy. Thanks for all your support so far.

AuthorLeila Johnston

fatrabbitThe next issue of Hack Circus is almost ready to go to print, and will be available to buy on this site and on the Imperica Shop and a couple of real life places in Sheffield, by the 15th of March. If you've already subscribed, you should get your copy sometime in the third week of March. Issue 2 is themed on the nature of reality. Our explorations will include:

  • Why some people think the Universe is a hologram
  • How to find out for sure whether you are just a brain in a jar
  • How coding and dance are connected by perception
  • Why you can't even believe your own eyes
  • What scientist know about ghosts
  • The strange metaphysics of emulation
  • Why we like bots to be human
  • Real devices from fictional worlds

– and more.

As ever, there will be a tie-in event on the same theme. THIS IS REALITY will take place at the Site Gallery in Sheffield on the evening of Saturday, March 15th and speakers/performers will include scientists, historians, technologists and artists. Some of the contributors from the previous issue will be speaking (Sinead McDonald is flying in from Dublin again) as well as some people who've written for the new issue, and some who we've just invited because they're great.

Remember you can view videos of all the talks from the first (time travel-themed) Hack Circus event on our YouTube channel.



AuthorLeila Johnston

HCcoversmallTechnical ideas are often driven by a suppressed need to construct new, intelligent, interesting things – a burning, unfocused creative excitement disguised as something more commercially viable and socially acceptable. So our work begins life fuelled by a tremendous sense of potential, but we live in a world where technology holds huge commercial power, and the dizzy delight of the unknown is easily swamped by the dizzier thrill of making money.

Hack Circus is a step back from crystallising commercial forces and towards the initial power of thought; a step into the unknown. Innovations, inventions and concepts don't have to be useful, but nor do they have to declare themselves 'art' to be appreciated as meaningful or straightforwardly valued and enjoyed. There is another way.

In this magazine you'll find creators whose work might make you smile, but whose curiosity is absolutely serious and all-encompassing. What if the world was slightly different? What if impossible notions were treated with a smile, yes, but also a little reverence? Hack Circus stands for a love of performance, entertainment and demonstration – not necessarily to teach the 'important' stuff, but for the childlike joy of surprise, and for the vital recapturing of those first feelings that anything might happen. It's a place where ideas can simply amuse and impress.

Issue 1 is themed on time and time travel. Amongst other things, it features writers and makers discussing clocks, programming, the narrative tangles of time travel fiction, and a real time machine.


Sandy Noble Chris Farnell Bosley Fletcher Sinead McDonald Alex McLean Laura Wilks Jason Fitzpatrick Leila Johnston

Hack Circus is produced and edited by Leila Johnston, with branding and design by The Beautiful Meme. It's printed by Pressision.

AuthorLeila Johnston

A lot of copies of Hack Circus Issue 1 have arrived! Let's do this!brodieboxes

AuthorLeila Johnston