ABSTRACT

141Whereas the governance mode of Sensing aspires to manage, modulate and respond to emergent effects on the basis of homeostatic regulation, the mode of Hacking seeks to develop a more open and future-oriented framework of governance. As analysed here, and in the following chapter, Hacking develops in reaction to the perceived limitations of the rigidities of Sensing and its Big Data frameworks of automated responsivity. Hacking is much more open and experimental and, in this way, can be seen to offer a distinct mode of governance in the Anthropocene. Hacking does not have the fixed separations of earlier modes and therefore cannot really be grasped as either autopoietic (there is no adaptive process, no telos towards problem-solving) or homeostatic (there is no aspiration to maintain the status quo, rather an ontology of interactive fluidity). In the analytic framing proposed in this book, Hacking is best grasped as sympoietic: in the ontopolitics of Hacking there is little distinction of fixity of subject and object, involving a much flatter relational ontology. Hacking could be understood as a relational and interactive process which itself constitutes subjects and objects in ever changing ways. Thus Hacking reveals new capacities and attributes or enables the recomposing or repurposing of aspects and relations as the basis for further incremental changes and possibilities.