Enviado por Pablo Santa Olalla el Lun, 03/02/2020 - 10:06
Tipología del caso de estudio


What does the word mean to you? Chances are, whatever it means to you, it means just the opposite to the person next to you. Isn’t that curious?

Hack_Curio is a place for anybody curious about hackers. It features short video clips about hacking: public talks, documentaries, film, art, advertising, archives and more. Every clip is paired with a short entry written by scholars, journalists, hackers, or authors who have something smart and interesting to say about the material.

Why video? Because usually, the image of the hacker is either a hoodie-wearing criminal mastermind or a hoodie-wearing activist bringing down capitalism; either a maniacally typing savior or a maniacally typing villain. In short, maybe you have never seen a real hacker. But now you can: Hack_Curio goes beyond these narrow tropes to show you these technologists in a new light. It’s difficult to change cultural perceptions—but not impossible. Instead of merely writing about hackers, we add video—a more memorable, compelling, and persuasive medium than text alone. Combined with short explanations from the people who know best, Hack_Curio can help us chip away at simplistic conceptions and stereotypes of hackers, offer new perspectives on what hackers have done, and preserve bits and bytes of hacker history.

Spend some time watching—you can hear and see what hackers think about their craft; learn about where and how they labor; discover their quirks, foibles, and accomplishments. Watch a few videos and it might become a bit harder to slot the hacker into a single category or type. Hackers are dynamic, diverse, and they change over time. There is no single way to hack. But look closer: hacker practices, ideas, and ideals also cohere into stable nodes like free softwareanti-securityhacktivism, and piracy—just some of the rich and diverse categories that you can explore through this project.


There is no single definition of hackers, but many forking paths and twisty little passages. Linger a while and you will come to appreciate just how central hackers and hacking are to contemporary life.


E. Gabriella "Biella" Coleman

founder, editor, and curator

In an effort to get her students to pay attention to her (damn you Internet!), Gabriella amassed a large collection of videos to show in her classes. Eventually, she decided to transform her personal collection into a public resource. Daunted by the magnitude of the endeavor and inspired by hacker collaboration, she enlisted many many others to help (thanks to everyone!). After a year of conceptualizing, trying & failing, hemming & hawing, tweaking & editing (so much tweaking & editing), you can now learn a thing or two about hackers and feel like you are being productive while watching videos on the internet (you're welcome). When not pestering others for their drafts, she can be found walking her dog on the Lachine Canal, biking the streets of Montreal, or Tweeting cute dog pics. She's also written a thing or two on hackers which you can find here.

Christopher M. Kelty

co-editor and co-curator

Christopher M. Kelty hacks somewhere in Southern California.  He has made bad choices in his life and must now, therefore, live with his dependence on emacs and python. At one point he wrote an ethnographic book explaining how free software hackers and internet engineers transformed the social relations among them recursively, which you can still download from a secure location. Currently, he is writing about participation, pest control, Los Angeles, and the end of openness, not necessarily together or in that order.  Fend him off at https://kelty.org/.

Paula Bialski

co-editor and co-curator

Paula Bialski, known to some as “the hacker-whisperer," prides herself in her sharp skill of befriending all sorts of technically-savvy nerds, which she has successfully done during her ethnographic stints with hippie backpacker-and-couchsurfing hackers in Montreal or, more recently, mapping and navigation corporate hackers in Berlin. She wrote a few books completely exploiting these friendships, and is currently struggling to write another in order to keep her job at Leuphana University in Lüneburg, Germany. Her favourite thing to do when not writing or befriending hackers is touring and composing with the incredibly-famous-in-Poland indie-pop sensation, Paula & Karol.

Nathan Schneider

co-editor and co-curator

After a physically disastrous year as a computer science major in school, Nathan switched to religious studies and found it just as useful for studying hackers. He has written books about God, Occupy, and co-ops, which he regards as more or less the same thing. Late at night he goes to /r/UnixPorn. Daytime stuff is at nathanschneider.info.  

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