Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathon

The performance of “HOME” at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts is providing the inspiration for PYGHACK, the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon. Hackers will propose solutions to issues related to the concepts of home and an inclusive community. Photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey

SEP 24, 2019 8:00 AM
JODI HECKEL

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. — The inventive and interactive new performance piece “HOME” considers how a house becomes something more to its occupants, and features the creative construction of a home onstage as the piece unfolds at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts. Meanwhile, hackers just outside the theater where the performances are taking place this weekend will propose how to make the Champaign-Urbana community a more inclusive place to live.

PYGHACK – the culture festival Pygmalion’s hackathon – will be held at Krannert Center for the first time, and the themes for the hackathon were inspired by the concurrent performances of “HOME” on Sept. 27-28.

“We’re very pleased to be the venue for PYGHACK,” said Krannert Center director Mike Ross, who noted the center has had a connection with Pygmalion’s musical programming since the festival’s beginning. “Krannert Center has been the venue for many kinds of creative endeavors, and this feels like a very natural fit.”

The hackathon is about creative problem-solving – asking participants to look at a community need or issue and come up with a proposal to address it. They’ll have 24 hours to develop their concept. PYGHACK has much in common with the performing arts in that both are collaborative enterprises, Ross said.

PYGHACK was hosted for its first two years by the University of Illinois Research Park, one of its collaborators in designing the hackathon. The move to Krannert Center for the Performing Arts gives PYGHACK more space and provides a showcase of the combination of technology, art, innovation and design.
Courtesy Pygmalion
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Krannert Center performance “HOME” provides inspiration for Pygmalion’s hackathon
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The inventive and interactive new performance piece “HOME” considers how a house becomes something more to its occupants, and features the creative construction of a home onstage as the piece unfolds at Krannert Center for the Performing Arts.