MINISTRY OF HACKING
The smart way to keep people passive and obedient, is to strictly limit the spectrum of acceptable opinion, but allow very lively debate within that spectrum. Noam Chomsky
Things can be thought differently. Luce Irigaray
The Internet is rapidly developing into a problematic space where individuality, subjectivity and identity are being played out with cutting-edge tools: the promise of a virtual sphere of freedom is juxtaposed with its dystopian counterpart-- control, perpetual availability, fugitive information, identity theft and attacks on many levels. The concept of connectivity is one possible counter position that focuses on practices of freedom in the net, and combines social and technical networks. In order to provide a visible forum for the concept of connectivity, the esc media art laboratory in Graz has been transformed into the subversive headquarters of a MINISTRY OF HACKING, with internationally connected "Departments": "Department of Trust", "Department of Shadows and Waves", "Department of Care and Wonder", "Department of Anonymity", "Department of Difference", "Department of Tactical Feminism". The networked Departments conceptualize guidelines and lines of flight that act as manifestos and spatial embodiments of connectivity.
Koproduktion mit steirischer herbst, Kooperation mit musikprotokoll