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Hack Circus is about fantasy technology and everyday magic

Invention doesn’t have to be useful. Hack Circus is an artistic collective dedicated to celebrating the entertaining and engaging side of inventive thought, whether that manifests physically with wires and batteries, or conceptually in artistic or philosophical ways – as long as it makes us smile.

There's a lot of great virtual stuff out there, but we make things that can be enjoyed in the physical world; strange, unsettling things that shouldn't work in our commercial society – including a quarterly magazine and a live show, but also interactive art objects, prints, experiences, workshops and media.

So far, Hack Circus has addressed questions like:

  • How do you know you’re not just a brain in a jar?
  • What do particle physicists know about ghosts?
  • How do you communicate with the distant future?
  • How do you write about time travel so it makes sense?
  • Why do some people think the Universe is a hologram?

You can read about the quarterly Hack Circus events here and on the blog and watch videos of them on our YouTube channel. Each issue is launched at an event, and each Hack Circus is themed. The first event and magazine were all about TIME and the second were about REALITY. At the September 2014 event, a large team of us collaborated on an immersive experience, and we sent 50 people into space

Sign up to our newsletter for brief monthly updates, new issue previews etc. Check out our Purpose page to find out why we do all this. Our feet are in the real world, but our head's in the clouds.

The magazine and events are launched in December, March, June and September and locations change each time. It's a travelling circus.

Hack Circus doesn’t take itself too seriously. We value entertainment, invention and imagination. We believe some things are inherently interesting – and those are the things we’ll feature.

There is also an occasional podcast with its own subjects and guests. The theme tune is by Joseph Thorpe from Sheffield. Check out Joe's band or email him.

Hack Circus is designed and produced in Yorkshire and you can buy it in some shops here. It’s printed by Pressision in Leeds and designed by Matthew Keen and James Rogers in Sheffield, with additional illustrations from Matt Harrison Clough.

The Ringmaster is Leila Johnston: journalist, maker, and creator of numerous art/entertainment/tech mash-ups.

Hack Circus is a registered Trademark (2014).