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Every tool is a weapon if
you hold it right - Ana DiFranco
Ljubljana, Haip 2008.
by Lievnath Faber, Tim van der
Heijden and Rosa Menkman
1. We are not goal-oriented 2 we do have a goal, but we are not
goal oriented. To us, there is no
The dominant goal is progress.
This goal is always at the horizon.
2. We react to the Spirit of our Time Therefore, our goal lies within the
here now: we aim to develop a
consciousness of the mechanisms
(Zeitgeist) of this goal oriented society.
3. We celebrate the perceived accident
[via the destructive qualities of the void]
4. We make meaning through our imagination
[via the constructive qualities of the void]
the Zeitgeist of Flow
In the in-between manifesto we argue Today we are back to the quest of the
against: Renaissance: reality through immediacy. holy
grail is Holodeck of Star Trek.
We take a stance against the binary and linear
approach to life. In the binary and linear system,
technology is no longer a means but has
eventually become a goal in itself.
- The linear approach to life We feel that today, one is, without
realizing, caught up in a linear ﬂow of
technology and its content.
Flow is constructed within the capitalist
world and the ’Society of the Spectacle’. In
this preprogrammed, patterned ﬂow, one
- A pre-patterned flow of technology has lost control and ones active
choices are being suppressed by political
and its content powers at work.
A characteristic of the ﬂow is the freshness
fetish, through which we perceive the need
(Society of the Spectacle) to be on top of every development.
We want to recapture our agency and
regain the power of choice again.
In order to recapture our agency, we must
create an awareness of the ﬂow.
- The freshness fetish
Silly example of flow
Speedrunning: 5:00 by Andrew Gardikis
Virilio: Conventions establish
themselves over long periods
The computer is programmed
to work perfectly, this is why
Every technology has its own accidents. deviation is often perceived as
an error or an accident
These accidents also have positive
consequences; they are necessary to
knowledge because they open up possibilities
for discussing a systems internal politics.
Therefore, we need to systematically distort
We celebrate the perceived accident via
the destructive qualities of the void
In the void one is triggered
to reﬂect upon the
conventional frames, to
The void is a lack of meaning: criticize the ﬂow, which we
have taken for granted and
it is the place where the message of the medium
through which we are
conditioned to take part of
the spirit of our time.
One way is the technique of the glitch
Hard to define with words that follow a certain
My definition of digital glitch art:
a sign of a break of the conventional flow in a
system, which often results in a perceived
accident (in a technical, social and/or economic
Knowledge is often conveyed in
predeﬁned, pre-formatted ways.
Jodi shows that blogger is an assemblage
of discourses and that the error is socially
<$Blogtitle$> resides at the boarder of
sense and nonsense, system and non-
system, truth and interpretation. Therefore,
it is on the “Line of ﬂights”
Jodi: <$BlogTitle$> (2007) It show the interior politics of the medium
and gives us a way to reterritorialize
environment and ourselves.
Gijs Gieskes: Sega-Mega-Drive-1 (2007) The works of Gijs and Goto80 can both be
understood within the lines of
Goto80: HT Gold (2008) detournement: they repurpose parts of the
This generates a form of machine poetry
Sven König: Download finished! (2007) that redeﬁnes the hardware or software.
The sublime is a counter form of aesthetics; a
John Dennis 1693
quot;delight that is consistent with reason mingled
with Horrors, and sometimes almost with
The sublime is the feeling that something
will happen, despite everything, within this
threatening, disastrous void.
Caspar David Friedrich
Wanderer above the Sea
of Fog (1818)
“the mist represents
the uncertainty of the
future, created by the
tension between the
institutions and the
Main question of Haip:
Hacktopia: an utopia or dystopia?
is there a to glitch art: utopia or dystopia?