What the Hack?! vol. 1

A Few Words About the Workshop

On May 15th, 2019, Revekka Kefalea (Inspirer and Curator of GLAM Hack) was invited by the Biennale of Western Balkans (BoWB) to offer the workshop “What the Hack?!” in the context of the Conference: “Tradition anew! Documenting cultural heritage and artistic creation -interdisciplinary approaches, contemporary media”. The Conference was organised by BoWB along with the working group “Cultural Heritage and Contemporary Media” of the History of Art Laboratory of the School of Fine Arts in the University of Ioannina, in light of the International Museum Day and that year’s subject, “Museums as cultural hubs: the future of tradition”, which was chosen by the International Council of Museums – ICOM

Revekka accepted the invitation with great joy, and travelled to Ioannina (Greece), to offer the first GLAM Hack workshop to a small group of very kind and welcoming, digital culture enthusiasts.

First, the Participants Got Introduced to the World of Open Content…

During this workshop, Revekka introduced the participants to the concepts of open access and open content, as well as to the possibilities that open access provides to all of us to retain, reuse, revise, remix and redistribute cultural works. In addition, she presented the Creative Commons licenses and their basic terms — a presentation that led to an informative discussion in relation to intellectual property rights, in the context of which both the participants and the attendants of the workshop were expressing their questions and concerns, and were exchanging their knowledge on the subject.

…Then They “Hacked” the GLAMs

Afterwards, Revekka helped the participants familiarise themselves with some main cultural heritage websites and platforms (such as Europeana, OpenGLAM, and SearchCultutre.gr), and presented some examples of creative reuses of digital cultural heritage to trigger their inspiration. Consequently, with the use of online image processing programmes and tools, the participants created and licensed their own derivative artworks, which you can see below.

Special Thanks and Congratulations

Special thanks to the BoWB team for inviting us to offer this workshop, and especially to Elli Leventaki for her kind support along the way. Also, special thanks to Georgia Angelaki (Research Associate at National Documentation Centre) for contributing her knowledge and experience to the workshop. And of course, congratulations to all our GLAM Hackers for their interesting creations!


The support of both GLAM Hack and Biennale of Western Balkans for the creation of these artworks does not constitute an endorsement of the contents, which reflect the views only of the creators. GLAM Hack and Biennale of Western Balkans cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of both the artworks and the information contained in this webpage.