BL-NK moves to Curtain Road for new adventures.... come join us!

After an exciting & successful 15 months with BL-NK on East Road we have officially closed the doors on our East Road location and the demolition team are in.  Our amazing partners at Hackney Council Regeneration Delivery came up trumps and for Christmas delivered news of new & outstanding location for BL-NK for at least the next 2 years. 

The demolition has been done and the refit is due to start any day! The official BL-NK launch in Curtain Road is still to be confirmed but the end of March is the big goal...  

Watch this space for updates, photos & any big news on some exciting partnerships that are in the pipeline!

In the meantime we have a great opportunity to be a part of what is set to be one of the key openings of 2015!  BL-NK Business Memberships will enable companies to take advantage of this stunning venue, gain entry to a range of digital art shows, seminars, conferences and events as well as benefits on using the space for your daily meeting or event requirements.

Heres the deal:

2012 saw the launch of Hackney House - a stunning and unusual 10,000 Sq. ft. urban pop-up space in Hackney's Shoreditch district.  Created to act as a hub for new investment to Hackney and East London and to support local businesses with their plans for growth – the pop-up venue hosted creatively inspired events showcasing the innovative and pioneering talent of the area.
Following on from that success the London Borough of Hackney created an exceptional semi-permanent space - BL-NK – a stage for Hackney to continue celebrating and supporting what is rapidly becoming one of the most exciting creative, cultural, commercial and technological clusters in Europe, if not the world.
We now have a new venue to continue the work started at East Road with our mission remaining to take every opportunity to showcase Hackney’s business community, especially across our design, tech and creative sectors, with an aim of generating working links, new contracts, open up new markets and to present the area and our business sectors on the world stage as a business investment and partnership destination.
The BL-NK Business Membership is a cost effective way for businesses to have a
corporate presence at Shoreditch’s most innovative business and investment pop-up space.
The membership will enable you to take advantage of this stunning venue, gain entry to a range of digital art shows, seminars, conferences and events.
Last year BL-NK attracted some 40,000 visitors to product launches, seminars, networking events and social occasions.  With Hackney House events continuing to play an important part in attracting key players and business leaders to the venue:

The return of Hackney House and BL-NK to a new Shoreditch location is eagerly anticipated and will be one of the key openings of 2015.


• Full access to BL-NK funded events
• Access to BL-NK café and free WIFI during weekdays
• Access to all Hackney House Events
• Company Logo on the Business Membership page of the website and on site members logo board
Membership Price £1500.00 + vat

In the first instance please email if you are interested or wish to discuss further.

Seeing I : 28 days living only through virtual reality

Artist Mark Farid

Through our work at BL-NK in Old Street we very often get introduced to people doing extraordinary and creative things.  We delighted to be hosting the launch of a kickstarter funding campaign for Seeing I with artist Mark Farid & Arebyte Gallery on Monday 17 November. 

About the Seeing I project

For 24 hours a day for 28 days, artist Mark Farid will wear virtual reality glasses through which he will experience life through another person’s eyes and ears; who for this project will be known as the Input.

Mark has had no previous relationship with this person; he is only aware that the Input is a heterosexual male, who is in a relationship. The Input is required to wear a pair of glasses that covertly capture audio and video in an 180-degree field of view. Mark will inhabit a space consisting of a bed, a toilet and shower area that will be on constant display to the audience.

There was also be a projection on display, so that the audience can see what Mark is seeing. For one hour, once the Input goes to sleep, Mark will be administered the care of a psychologist with special training in neuroscience, whilst still wearing the V.R. Glasses. During this time, the audience will be asked to leave.

This project delves into the post-modern psyche, asking exactly how much of the individual remains inherent and how large a portion of ourselves is a cultural identity. Over the course of the project, it will become apparent whether Mark will begin to lose his own sense of self, and start to inhabit the reality of the Input. With no one to validate any of Mark’s thoughts because he is unable to speak to anyone, will his only source of validation - the Input’s life – become the life which makes sense to Mark? Equally, this may not happen: he may entirely retain his sense of self and exist in a strange no man’s land between his own identity and the Input’s.

The findings, whatever they may ultimately be, will be compiled into a documentary featuring discussion on what has happened from relevant academics, psychiatrists, psychologists, neuroscientists, philosophers and artists.

The reason for initiating this project stems from an interest in how much of the individual is an inherent personality and how large a portion of the individual is a cultural identity.

Over the course of the 28 days, Mark will have no human interactions to act as reference points to validate any questions, desires or thoughts he may have. Will the lifestyle of the input start to influence Mark’s characteristics, such as his mannerisms, memory, and personality, and if so, to what extent? Without freewill to determine and shape who we are, will the notion of consciousness be enough to counteract this?


Artist: Mark Farid

Curator: Nimrod Vardi

Director: John Ingle