11 feb. 2017

Hacking Coyote

Hacking Coyote is my attempt to make a little bit sense out of the current situation of the Internet, through a poetic approach able to depict the dreamlike and spiritual trials that we, the contemporary World Wide Web users, must undergo for surviving under the 'tyranny of the Google and Facebook's algorithms'.

The main figure or character I follow over 90 pages is a kind of a postmodern mutation of the North American Indigenous myth of Coyote, the trickster.

As you may know, Coyote is a hero and an antihero; he is good and evil; he crosses boundaries and yet, at the same time, he slips traps and sets hindrances in our virtual or material path.

Coyote would work, then, as the animal mask we all need to portray if we want to learn how to cope with the predatory digital superpowers: the hope is that mirroring this ever-changing identity we'll get to embody some coyote-esque ancient knowledge and finally prevail in the Cyber-underworld.

That mask could also be related to important figures, such as the old British rebel Guy Fawkes, or the Guatemalan folk saint Maximón, both troublemakers and transdimensional explorers. My essay revolves around this sort of similarities, analogies and associations, somehow applying, say, a creative interpretation of the baroque model as stated by Ecuadorian philosopher Bolívar Echeverría, or surfing between the "episteme of the resemblance" and/or the "episteme of representation", in Michel Foucault's words. On the other hand, it could also be argued that my essay applies Salvador Dalí's paranoiac-critical method.

Hacking Coyote is available as E-book and in print version by the Berlin-based publishing house mikrotext.

"Science only moves on if it receives an infusion of something out of the blue, something unpredictable and miraculous. The poetic impulse is the life-blood of natural science, not its nemesis. Poetry is the way of the voyager open to the unexpected and always prepared to make unexpected links between places and things. The form that these links take is of course influenced by technological developments; information technology transforms the senses, for example." 
John Lechte (on the concepts of Hermes and Harlequin by Michel Serres).