As a few talks at HOPE will discuss, art and hacking share methods. They consist of looking at things sideways, for potential uses orthogonal to the usual.
These days, such unorthodox ways of seeing are prized by entrepreneurs and industrialists (or so they say). Innovation, disruptive technologies, creative destruction. But technological change has unforseen consequences. It is never fully in the control of those who would harness it.
The exhibits at HOPE this year could be seen as suggestions of ways to live, work, and play, from our own timeline or others. Like the lyrics of the song "In The Future," part of David Byrne's The Knee Plays, they present conflicting views of what is possible, and what will happen, when listed side by side:
- Scriptable-Scalable-Species-Beings on Graphene & OOO Paintstrusions (Shane Hope): In the future, object oriented ontological living will be scalable, scriptable and transubstrational.
- VORE (Andrew Lloyd Goodman and Kelly Egan): In the future, computers will prefer the flavor of certain files.
- EEG (Kevin Carter): In the future, we will control art with our minds.
- Darkening of Spaces 2.0 (Andrew Cameron Zahn): In the future, art will remember how you looked at it.
- Mesh4LYFE (Sean McIntyre): In the future, routers will play games to alleviate the boredom.
- Laser Harp (Kevin Carter): In the future, music will be made by breaking beams of light.
- Imaginary Landscape No. 4 (Tamara Yadao, Joshua Kopfstein, Nicole Carroll): In the future, music will be made of the static between radio channels.
- Apophenia (Wil Lindsay): In the future, people will use radios to communicate with the dead.
- OffPocket (Adam Harvey): In the future, your clothes will stop the government from spying on you.
- FlyBoy (Adam Harvey): In the future, your clothes will send a clear message to the government.
- Compile-A-Child (Shane Hope): In the future, mindchildren will be compilable.
- LOLdialer (David Huerta): In the future, all phone calls will be made by API calls and used strictly for prank calling.