OpenLab, in Treasure Hill Artist Village, Taipei
17 April — 1 May 2019
Hackers are commonly recognized as criminals who spread computer virus for ransom or for fun, but they could also be heroes when they hack to punish governments or enterprises who act against human ethics. Hackers become representative of justice for people who live under the anxiety of environmental disaster, horror attacks, or the expansion of financial and technological capitalism.
In fact, the term “hack” refers to acts not just in the field of computer science, but in broader contexts too. Back in the 1960s, it was used to describe any acts with creativity. Here comes the concept of “life hacking”, which refers to the ability of transforming or renovating ordinary, handy objects into something that make life easier and more convenient.
There is diversity of the word ‘hack’ in many different uses, this exhibition is trying to ask: How do art and hack co-exist in a work? How to imagine an art exhibition as a place full of hacking and producing by artists? The artists attempt to do life hacks with their keen sense of awareness, to tackle their daily life problems head-on, also unzip the meanings of hack by their works with technology, writing and playing tricks.