11 feb. 2017
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; all of my writing has been produced under the paranoid influence of Coyote: searching for him, asking for him, looking for his traces and parallels all over the Internet and other Media.
This book is NOT a scholarly work; and this work is NOT theoretical: it only experiences theories like hallucinogenic formulas running through the textual body, and dreams up a wrestling ring for a carnavalesque encounter between our mercurial character and the unmasked reader. This work is a somewhat chaotic blending of ideas, mythologies, short stories, facts and factoids, and it has been imagined following the logic of Coyote himself, aping those wordly and virtual acts that challenge rationality, sensing the deep essence of his tricky arts of deceit and tomfoolery.
For Coyote's genius is all about the art of stealth, the art of meaningless meaning, the art of ruthless predation: and rest assured, just at this very moment, Coyote is silently lurking around your selfies, your likes, your private data, your self-tracking devices, and our whole Netflix footprint.
Coyote is stalking all over our Internet and Social Media experience. Let's look for him.
Hacking Coyote is available as E-book and in print version by the Berlin-based publishing house mikrotext.