>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. https://marcgarrett.org/2013/07/27/hack-value/
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.