[NetBehaviour] Networking the Unseen Video

marc garrett marc.garrett2 at gmail.com
Thu Jul 7 11:39:05 CEST 2016

>Why has our working definition of ‘technology’ become so narrow? We have
such tunnel vision, sometimes…

For my PhD, in 2013 I uploaded a draft paper called ‘Hack Value’ where the
study explores aspects of technological and physical forms of hacking.

The paper argues that hacking is not only a special and mysteriously,
technical skill, but is a way of thinking around blockages by oppressors,
and has been used by grass roots cultures (in the UK) for hundreds (even
thousands) of years. The thesis refers the True Levellers and the Diggers
and other examples of imaginative dissent. Also, there has been writing on
the subject by Kathleen Kennedy in her book in 2009 called ‘Medieval
Hackers’- https://punctumbooks.com/titles/medieval-hackers/

The thing is, it’s not about the ‘little boy rebel’ thing, as some may
presume. It’s more about connecting up with people who share similar
values, whilst adapting to the forces trying to block such an very
emancipatory need happening. And thus, particular actions need to take
place which are grounded and not merely gestures that relate to: breaking
into and opening up closed systems, changing a context or situation,
highlighting an issue, finding ways around problems, changing defaults, and
restructuring things.

And this where I think my own and various peers who we’ve been working with
connect up. Way back, we realised technology was not the utopia that
certain ‘innovation’ gurus, either believed or pretended was true.

And, like you I think Jampijinpa’s pithy comment, when he said “…this
so-called technology”. As you say, is true.

This is what’s so amazing about working different people from places that
are completely different to our Westernised canons or sets of belief
systems. When their voices are heard, the context of what is learned and
rediscovered, resonates deeply beyond the traditional shallowness of the
‘art market’ dominated world, as well as the soiled sheen of corporate
nonsense that blinds us all from building real alliances with others on our
own terms.

Wishing you well.


On 6 July 2016 at 20:16, Gretta Louw <gretta.elise.louw at gmail.com> wrote:

> Thanks so much for this - a lovely summary! I especially get a kick out of
> Jampijinpa’s pithy comment about “…this so-called technology”. It’s so
> true. Why has our working definition of ‘technology’ become so narrow? We
> have such tunnel vision, sometimes…
> g.
> On 06 Jul 2016, at 12:00, furtherfield <furtherfielder at gmail.com> wrote:
> Networking the Unseen Video.
> This video was taken at Networking the Unseen opening event at
> Furtherfield Gallery (London) on Friday 17 June 2016.
> https://vimeo.com/173324435
> Featuring Artists: Gretta Louw, Lily Hibberd, Brook Andrew, Curtis Taylor,
> Jenny Fraser, Sharon Nampijinpa Anderson and the Warnayaka Art Centre.
> If you have not been to the show yet & wish to visit -- look here
> http://furtherfield.org/programmes/exhibition/networking-unseen
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