Author: Chris

Chris Turpin has been fascinated for computers as long as he can remember. He studies the rhetoric of cybersecurity, hackers and hacking, and experimental digital media forms.

In my teens I dropped out of high school and got involved in the hacktivism scene. I did a lot of stuff during this time, but the thing that probably says the most about me is an art project called “Anonymous vs. Art.” In this project I used some half-borrowed, half-handwritten software to temporarily knock the websites of a few of the world’s largest – and most problematic – art galleries offline (the Tate, the Met, etc). The idea of the art project was that the medium is the message, but in hyperdrive; the internet can be a container of…

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