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Hacker Poetics

Hacker Poetics

Fred Paulino / Brazil
Gambiologia
mail@fredpaulino.com

Ethics is a widely discussed concept in philosophy. It is related to the actions of man on the collective realm, guided by character and social rules. This article aims to discuss ethics through hacking. The definition of “hacker ethic” proposed by Levy1 allow us to compare a hack to an intervention. To hack is to transfigure any given system – inserting something not originally intended in it, subverting its original use, redefining its role.

“In the arts, poiesis refers to the fascination provoked at the moment in which, through multiple associative phenomena achieved by perception, the different elements of a set are interrelated and integrate themselves to generate a new entity, called aesthetic.”2 This is hacking defined as poetry and, therefore, as art. The hacker ethic becomes a poetics.