Saturday, February 28, 2004

The beauty of hacking

Every Bit Is a Work of Art

Almost everyone can and should be a hacker, according to the curators of a new exhibition on the fine art of hacking at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain.

Alongside the museum's collection of masterpieces by Picasso and Dali, Hackers: The Art of Abstraction explores the connections between hackers, artists and anyone engaged in any kind of creative work, an idea that the curators of the show say was inspired by McKenzie Wark's The Hacker Manifesto ...

"I have been always fascinated by the invisible world of hackers and the notion of hacking as a tool to understand the world's workings and to reconstruct it in a personal and creative way" ...

"I believe that hackers are the great intellectual adventurers of our time, but in mainstream culture hacking often has negative connotations," Sichel added. "With this show we hope to refute the negatives and make people aware that in an age of increased surveillance, hacking can be a vital countermeasure and a commendable act of self-defense."

Makes me smile and think of the fine work of the Critical Art Ensemble.

Update 1/03/04: Paul Graham on Hackers and Painters.

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