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Brief Published: 4 Nov 2013

New Museum’s Art, Tech & Design Incubator


Slated as a first in the museum field, the New Museum’s incubator space for art, design and technology will open next summer in New York. The contemporary art museum’s not-for-profit initiative will offer an educational and professional workspace aimed at start-ups and creative entrepreneurs.

More than 60 creative bodies will share the 11,000 sq ft space in Manhattan’s Nolita district to create what the New Museum’s director Lisa Philips hopes will be a “vibrant interdisciplinary community geared towards collaboration and innovation”. The New Museum holds the discovery of new ideas at its core, and this initiative aims to expand its relevance by fostering innovation inside and outside its cultural field.

This ‘hacking’ spirit inspires collaboration for disruptive change and is being touted by industry leaders as the solution to many global problems. At the recent annual Wired event in London (see our full coverage), director of research at the Singularity University, Kathryn Myronuk, urged experts to share their insights with other disciplines in a similar manner; pooling skillsets to create new solutions for the greater good.

For more on hacking and start-up culture, see our Profile Klein: A Benevolent Hacker, Everyone’s An Engineer, Start-Up Thinking, Museum Hack, and NYFW Hackathon: Results.