Dérives in the Digital: Avant-garde Ideology in Hacker Cultures

Juli Laczko

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Abstract

Picture this. It’s 2017, we are the character @observer on one of freenode’s IRC channels, while Tz4R4, dchmp and B_All are watching the newest !Mediengruppe Bitnik hack with awe: if you type the title of the the Swiss artist duo’s new book into the search bar of a seller’s website, it creates a popup window on the site with their name, blocking access. (The title is a code injection.) Nothing could express DADA better, exclaims B_All to Tz4r4, while dchmp is busy copy-pasting lines of script graffiti on Facebook in order to achieve a resemblance to the Gioconda on the (anti)social media platform’s feed.

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