The Spaces of Hacking Symposium


Notman House, 51 Sherbrooke Street West, CA


They seem to be everywhere, landing headlines in the news, founding companies in Silicon Valley and hacker spaces around the world, and at times, facing years in jail. Despite this presence, they are everywhere misunderstood. Spaces of hacking, the first of three events seeking to demystify the hacker, will contextualize the acts of hacking in light of the spaces and places where it unfolds: the hacker space, the free software project, the biolab, the media, the law, and the server. To spatialize hacking is to orient our questions to those of travel and translation: why and where does hacking descend and take root? Where are the limits and boundary waters where hacking cannot go? How do we conceptualize the act of travel and translation: as accidental errantry, calculated translation, acts of mutation? What impels movement and change?

Bringing together a diverse set of scholars and practitioners, we will hold two panels that explore the spaces of hacking followed by a reception. The first panel will probe physical spaces: the hack lab, the bio lab and the art-bio lab, and the second panel takes a more thematic approach examining how hacking has interfaced with gender, with the media, and with digital dissent. Each panelist will limit their presentation to five minutes and orient remarks toward a key word to guide the conversation.

Interested in attending? Register here.

2:15-3:15pm - Panel One: Hacker Spaces and Labs

Alessandro Delfanti, Biohacker Contamination(McGill)
Tagny Duff, DIY, bioart and the science lab (Concordia)
Johan Soderberg, Precursors to Open Hardware inthe Czech Republic (Laboratoire territoire, techonologie et société (LATTS))
Suparna Choudhury, Hacking the Brain (McGill University)
Denisa Kera, Mobile Labs for Open Science in the Global South (National University of Singapore)
Commentator: xSmurf, Foulab

3:30-4:30pm - Panel Two: Unraveling and Raveling

Gabriella Coleman, Trust in Anonymous (McGill University)
Anne Goldenberg, Hacking with Care (UQAM)
Molly Sauter, Disruption (McGill University)
Lisa Lynch, Journalists on/as hackers (Concordia)
Commentator: David Mizra, Subgraph

4:30-6:00pm - Reception