Hato with Childwall Academy, Hello Future Me, 2016. Photo: Gareth Jones

Hato, Dazzle Island, 2015 at Childwall Sports & Science Academy. Photo Pete Carr

Hato, Pick Me Up, 2015 at Somerset House. Photo courtesy of the artist.

Hato, States of Mind, 2016 at Wellcome Collection. Photo courtesy of the artist

Hato with Childwall Academy, Hello Future Me, 2016. Photo: Gareth Jones

Hato are a design practise based between London and Hong Kong. They have been working since 2009 across the fields of art and design. Their working practise specialises in collaborative approaches, working with a wide range of audiences including schools, institutions and community groups to develop creative experiences that inspire inquisitive thought. Their projects give people the tools to play, collaborate and express their ideas through design.

For Liverpool Biennial 2016 Hato have been commissioned to work together with Year 7 pupils from Childwall Sports & Science Academy to transform an Arriva double-decker bus into a functioning artwork. It contains coded messages from outer space for the future of Liverpool, to be interpreted by its citizens. This ‘space bus’ pays homage to messages taken on board NASA’s Voyager spacecraft in 1977, which contained sound and images depicting life on Earth.

Hato have recently worked with the Wellcome Collection, London, UK (2016); Somerset House, London, UK (2016); Arts on the Underground, London, UK (2016) and M+, Hong Kong (2016). They have been part of the Serpentine Galleries' Edgware Road Project, London, UK, since 2012.

Hato at Liverpool Biennial 2016

Hello Future Me, 2016
Painted Arriva bus
Commissioned by Liverpool Biennial in partnership with Arriva
On view at select Arriva bus routes in the city

Supported by

The Granada Foundation
Hemby Trust
P H Holt Foundation