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Designing Crowbars

‘In civilizations without boats, dreams dry up, espionage takes the place of adventure, and the police take the place of pirates.’
- Foucault, Of Other Spaces, 1967.

‘For everything that is hidden will eventually be brought into the open, and every secret will be brought to light. Anyone with ears to hear should listen and understand.’
- Mark, 4:22.

In a security context an ‘exploit’ is a tool or method that takes advantage of a vulnerability in a system to achieve a desired goal. In my project I define an exploit as a method of re-addressing or re-stratifying the social perceptions and hierarchies of access and privacy which surround technological networks.

The project concerns building on top of and intervening in existing networks to create new uses, experiences and interactions – in order to subvert the original intent and meaning of them. The ultimate goal is the development and actualisation of tools which facilitate an act of exploitation or subversion over an existing technological network. These physical objects take on the role of metaphorical ‘crowbars’, applying leverage onto specific parts of a network in order to cause this cascade.