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The Ten Theses on Life Hacks is a publication meant to provide a widened perspective on Life Hacks, a concept that is not taken too seriously. The criteria listed in the first thesis determine whether something is a Life Hack or not. The remaining theses present extended arguments, supported by examples, that identify specific features of Life Hacks, the environments they exist within, and the kind of culture they foster.

This publication’s format incorporates the Life Hack ethos. With the addition of a series of holes, each loose page can be seen as a hackable surface. During the launch of the publication in Varia, we invited the audience to collate and bind them, making an eclectic choice from a range of unorthodox materials.

Life Hacks was part of Het Nieuwe Instituut’s fellowship program around the theme of burn out, curated by Silvio Lorusso and jointly organized by HNI’s Research Department and XPUB.


Special Issue #07, XPUB, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, 2018.