Hardbakka 2017 :: The Caring Economy

The Hardbakka Ruins Project is in its 5th and final year!  For this occasion, we invite participants to consider the relationship between the traditionally polarized public and private spheres, the political realm of the Greek ‘agora’ and the domestic ‘oikos’.


Following from last year’s topic ‘Memento Mori’, which focussed on accelerationist technopolitics envisioning a post-work society where waged labour becomes fully automated, we will consider how unpaid and undervalued care work (for children, elderly, disabled, domestic and emotional work) might be similarly repositioned.


The weeklong workshop will include a design-build component to create a series of ‘Care Machines’: prototypes for technologies that address burdens of care from a future-oriented perspective. Is it possible or desirable to automate care? What could that kind of automation look like? 


The Caring Economy aims to consider the costs and benefits of outsourcing domestic labour to technology. The workshop will be supplemented with theory-based readings on the topic.


We invite participants from all backgrounds - visual arts, architecture, design, urbanism, philosophy, carework and more - to apply for the 2017 Hardbakka Ruins Project workshop and exhibition, which will run from June 23rd - July 2nd in Bergen, Norway.

This year our site will be a hybrid one: both in nature and public space, at a popular intersection for locals and visitors.

Please send a selection of relevant work or website link to: hardbakkaruins@gmail.com


The deadline for applications is April 1st, 2017.


Organizing committee: Dan Dorocic & Alison Hugill (antiforum), Philipp von Hase, Maria Johnsson, Hidemi Nishida, Lars Tørressen


*Funding will be available for exhibition materials. Travel expenses must be covered by participants. No additional fees.


Terms and conditions





     June 23- June 30 (workshop)

     July 2  (exhibition opening event)


Application Requirements

- Portfolio or website of relevant work including images, videos, etc.




  Bergen, Norway



- limit of 15 participants

- open to all nationalities

- professionals and students

- no fee

- materials covered

- cover your own expenses

- assisted accommodation and lunch provided


Please contact us for any questions: