The Experimental Publishing (XPUB) program of the Piet Zwart Institute organised the third event of the Life Hacks series at Het Nieuwe Instituut in Rotterdam. Following the launch of Ten Theses on Life Hacks, XPUB's 7th Special Issue is a further step of an inquiry into the meaning of Life Hacks. XPUB invited guests of the event to experience a personal session with Life agent: Iris, and discover their limitless potential to succeed.
A shady corporation is trying to take control of a fluid, chaotic global market. Workers surrender themselves to a seductive new device called Iris, which purports to enlighten them and unleash the real power of the entrepreneurial self. Iris is designed to help full-time, part-time and zero-time employees cope with the complexity of modern life, divulging secrets of the precarious worker, of autonomy and maximum efficiency through a new magic formula contained in the meaning of Life Hacks. But… anonymous cyber-pirates are exploiting the device to rouse a cry of rebellion against this oppressive society of self-management. Discover the paradox buried deep within Iris, where autonomy leads to subjugation, and subjugation appears as freedom.
Iris Version 0.5 was developed together with Simon Browne, Tancredi Di Giovanni, Paloma García, Rita Graça, Pedro Sá Couto, Biyi Wen and Bohye Woo. The project was a collaboration between Silvio Lorusso, the Research Department of Het Nieuwe Instituut and XPUB.