H&D Summer Academy – Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!


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In recent years our use and understanding of notions such as truth and reality have been heavily challenged. “White Lies”, “Fake News” and “Alternative Facts” are buzzwords that illustrate how truth might have become obsolete, and needs to be reconsidered. The notion of truth must be questioned as much within discourses of journalism as within the digital humanities, computer science, engineering, art and design practices. What are those tools and technologies–that we are building, using and updating, and therefore constantly reaffirming–capable of? Do you really know? Do we need to know? By giving the 4th edition of the H&D Summer Academy (HDSA2018) the title: Fake it! Fake them! Fake you! Fake us!... H&D calls for taking things into own hands. By inviting hackers/designers/makers/artists to come together for 2 weeks in the summer we aim to establish a critical perspective on truth as such, and call for an informed dealing and working with multiple truths.

The new program

Tutors and mentors will become participants, participants become workshop leaders–everyone will be taken on the collective venture of shared responsibility, bringing in own expertise, urgencies and experience.

While H&D's aim has been cross-disciplinary exchange this year's summer academy focuses furthermore on the stimulating self-organization and self-initiation, while promoting ‘hands-on learning’ to enable critical design and developer’s practices. By creating shared moments of learning H&D invites to discuss and create projects about topics related to information politics, distributed networks and algorithmic publishing. Investigating decentralized models for developing technology such as flat hierarchy wiki’s, IPFS, non-standard communication protocols and information networks such as the darknet, and bot networks, we are eager to engage with the H&D community in practicing and stimulating decentralized and self-determined organizational structures and publishing methods. Thus this year H&D moves away from being a central facilitator to being an instigator. H&D aims to grow and inspire its community and helps developing tools and means of self-organization. Therefore the workshops of the 2018 summer academy edition will be organized from out the idea of a flattened hierarchy.

How to participate

If you would like to participate this will mean you will give a workshop too. This will mean you will be able to participate in the whole H&D Summer Academy program (for free:-). Find more information for the submission procedure on Summer Academy 2018: Open call for participation.


The HDSA2018 program lasts for 10 days, and includes a wide variety of peer-reviewed workshops, a public program, and an end presentation.


This year we will host the HDSA2018 at Dek West in the old habor district of Amsterdam. If the weather is nice there will be possibilties to swim!


This year the HDSA2018 is free of charge.
Free of charge means: by contributing with a workshop you will be able to attend all workshops and other activities of the program.