March 3, 2004

Hacker Art

by Michael Mateas · , 10:06 am

Following on our discussion of code as art (Fear of Code), I came across an annoucment for the show Hackers: The Art of Abstraction currently on display at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía in Madrid, Spain. The show emphasizes the connection between hacking and creative activity in any medium. The Wired News article links to an interesting Marxist description of hacking, A Hacker Manifesto by McKenzie Wark.

3 Responses to “Hacker Art”

  1. andrew Says:

    And more generally, there is also the Read_Me 2004 “Software Art and Cultures” Conference, which I’ve been meaning to post a link to for some time. This year it’s in Denmark in August.

    More info on Read_Me, plus lots of links to projects, can be found at the website

  2. michael Says:

    Yes, I’ve been meaning to post about the Software Art and Cultures conference for awhile as well.

    On runme, I’m particularly intrigued by the programming languages category, which includes “art languages”, like Whitespace, the language whose syntax consists of only spaces, tabs and newlines, and INTERCAL, which is as messy and obscure as possible, designed as a parody of other programming languages. Interesting, INTERCAL was first implemented in 1972 by Don Woods, the co-author of the first Adventure game (yeah Nick, I know the real history – co-author is close enough),and Eric Raymond, known for his article The Cathedral and The Bazaar on open-source development.

  3. Michael Says:

    The Harvard University Press has recently published a greatly expanded book version of The Hacker Manifesto. Looks like an interesting read…

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