Dancing Grüezi – of hack-no-teching in Switzerland

Bringing Hack-No-Tech to the Theater der Künste in Zürich was a big pleasure: we were welcomed by lots of open arms and hearts. Were we just lucky or is it possible that Swiss people like the combination of memory and movement? Like watches and ski? Or is a culture, that is so rich in traditions, just more curious about ways that change the relationship to souvenirs? Or did we benefit from an open-minded mentality that wishes always to find out about the newest inventions and techniques?

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Whatever might be the reason – it was a good frame work to discover some new aspects of hack-no-tech. This was mainly due to the participants of our workshop. First thing the inscription list revealed to us: hack-no-tech seems to be more attractive to men than to woman.  Is it simply linked to harsh consonants in the name? Let’s hope not, don’t let us be caught up like this, so research to be continued.

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In the workshop itself we tried to attack some very new dimensions: for example passing from individual hack-no-techs to collective ones. When we often wonder how we can share memories, we might have found an answer to it. But let’s see in some years, if it works for all the participants and if our hack-no-tech will have had reached its eternalizing effect.

We also appreciated the very open-minded feed-back culture. A special thanks to Mathias who enriched us with the idea to work also on micro hack-no-tech: by doing very small movements it should be possible to adapt your hack-no-tech to all kinds of situation in daily life. Like always with hack-no-tech, it is all a matter of practice.


Hack-No-Tech on stage!

Catalina Insignares and Miriam Coretta Schulte for hack-No-Tech by Mouchacha








“First the Hack-No-Tech was a social movement, then it turned out to be a technique, today it has become one more method to allow the recording of human bodies through human bodies. For eternity.” (Mouchacha, Mai 2014)

Mouchacha is back in… Gießen! How many hack-no-techers will we meet there? Let’s see on Thursday 19th June at 21h30, Friday 20th June at 20h50, at Schiffenberger Weg 115.



Let’s talk about hack-no-tech!

Catalina Insignares and Miriam Coretta Schulte for Mouchacha


Since a while we have been hearing about „Hack-No-Tech“. Can you tell us what is it about?

Answer: „Hack-No-Tech“ is a mnemotechnique that allows to save informations in the body. It is the acronym for the French „hackers-non-technologiques“, non-technological hackers : we move informations without technological support.

Answer: Primarily „Hack-No-Tech“ is a social mouvement. But when we work on it, we are mostly interested in its value as a technique. We think that in the hands of the right ones hack-no-tech can be an egalitarian tool: we will remember not only those who are rich, famous, or those who deserve it, but also the banal ones, the unlucky ones, the boring ones.

Catalina Insignares and Miriam Coretta Schulte for Mouchacha


But for how long can you remember something with the body – when the body is not only facing death, but also Alzheimer…

Answer: There is no romanticism about an eternal body for us, but we allow ourselves to believe in the utopia of gestures that outlive us.

Answer: To quote McKenzie Wark, the author of the Hacker’s Manifesto : „Information has to be materially embodied. It has no ideal essence outside of its embodiment. But its relation to its materiality becomes increasingly abstract. It can escape any particular materiality, but not materiality.“ Gestures can be considered as information, this is how hack-no-tech treats them, in their fully informational materiality.

Answer: Yes! This brings us close to Milan Kundera who wrote (in The Immortality) : „Car on ne peut considérer un geste ni comme la propriété d’un individu, ni comme sa création (nul n’étant en mesure de créer un geste propre, entièrement original et n’appartenant qu’à soi), ni même comme son instrument ; le contraire est vrai : ce sont les gestes qui se servent de nous ; nous sommes leurs instruments, leurs marionnettes, leurs incarnations.“ We don’t create gestures, they don’t belong to us – but they use us as a moment of materialization!

Answer: We have to transmit gestures, like we transmit informations.

Catalina Insignares and Miriam Coretta Schulte for Mouchacha


You call the „Hack-No-Tech“ a technique. Isn’t the idea of keeping gestures something very common in the history of dance?

Answer: I think you misunderstood the concept. „Hack-No-Tech“ is not a dance. It is therefore interesting, but not entirely helpful to look at it from the perspective of dance. Maybe it can be easier for dancers to use it, because they already have a trained experience on body memory, so their tools can be very developed. But we should see it more in a popular context, more as a way of sharing without passing through already known social platforms.