BuzzHouse x IMPAKT
A conversation with DISNOVATION.ORG
On 23 February from 17:30 – 20:00h we welcome the research collective DISNOVATION.ORG for an evening dedicated to disruption, speculation, post-growth prototypes, meme wars and online subcultures. The conversation is a collaboration with BuzzHouse (University of Amsterdam) and is a sneak-preview of the upcoming exhibition Post-Growth (Na de Groei), which will open at IMPAKT on 4 March. The event is moderated by Marc Tuters, Assistant Professor in the University of Amsterdam’s Media Studies faculty, and Arjon Dunnewind, director of IMPAKT.
DISNOVATION.ORG, short for ‘disobedient innovation’, is a research collective set up in Paris in 2012, whose core members include Maria Roszkowska (PL), Nicolas Maigret (FR) and Baruch Gottlieb (CA). They work at the interface of art, research and hacking. More specifically their recent artistic provocations seek to empower Post Growth imaginaries and practises by challenging the widespread faith that ‘economic growth’ and ‘technological fixes’ will solve the ecosystemic disruptions they produced in the first place.
For this special session at BuzzHouse we will focus on two themes that are central to DISNOVATION.ORG’s artistic and research practice: “online power structures” and “Post-Growth,” followed by an informal discussion and games.
All of you are welcome to join!
Online power structures
DISNOVATION’s work Online Culture Wars serves as a starting point to talk about Online power structures. The work consists of two parts: a map and a series of videos. The Map Online Culture Wars is an overlay of hundreds of politicised memes, along with influential political figures and symbols. It is designed as a discussion starter, intended to visualise and contextualise the ongoing online culture wars, and some of the main political references, actors, and influencers. The video Online Culture Wars (called THE PERSUADABLES) focuses on the political instrumentalisation of the tools, techniques, and infrastructures of the web, with particular attention to social media as an ecosystem of influence and online manipulation of opinion. It exposes some practises broadly used for online propaganda, as well as the creative responses they trigger in civil society.
How long can we continue pursuing economic growth? What ideological, social and biophysical factors precipitate the current environmental crises? What agency is available for transformative practises to avert large scale ecosystemic breakdown? The concept of Post-Growth is central to DISNOVATION.ORG’s practice.
Their new Post-Growth series, comprising installations, videos, interviews, and a board game invites us to challenge concepts of growth and progress, and explores the radical implications of speculative artistic prototypes, such as an economic model based on energy emitted by the Sun. This research encounters the vital challenges of a shift away from the overexploitation of fossil fuels on which the reproduction of our societies mainly depends today.
Post Growth Toolkit Game
To examine and challenge our ideas about growth in a more playful way, at BuzzHouse we will also propose a game: the Post Growth Toolkit Game: a tactical board game developed by DISNOVATION.ORG which invites players to explore a number of key concepts such as ‘geo-diversity’, ‘downgrading’ and ‘indigenous economics’ and revise their understanding of the world in a time of radical change. The card game will be the catalyst to debate and to trace out paths towards post-fossil futures, supported by alternative models for ecological and economic assessment.
Post Growth is the first Dutch solo exhibition of works by the DISNOVATION.ORG collective, on view from 4 March to 22 May at IMPAKT.
DISNOVATION.ORG is a research collective set up in Paris in 2012, whose core members include Maria Roszkowska (PL), Nicolas Maigret (FR), and Baruch Gottlieb (CA). They work at the interface between contemporary art, research and hacking, and compose tailor-made teams for each investigation together with academics, activists, engineers, and designers. Their recent artistic provocations challenge the widespread faith that ‘economic growth’ and ‘technological fixes’ will solve the ecosystemic disruptions they provoked in the first place, seeking to empower Post Growth imaginaries and practises. They recently co-edited A Bestiary of the Anthropocene with Nicolas Nova, an atlas of anthropic hybrid creatures, and The Pirate Book, an anthology about media piracy. DISNOVATION.ORG’s works have been exhibited, performed, published and reviewed worldwide including at the Centre Pompidou (Paris), transmediale (Berlin), the Museum of Art and Design (New York), Palais de Tokyo (Paris), FILE (Sao Paulo), ZKM (Karlsruhe), Strelka Institute (Moscow), ISEA (Hong Kong), Elektra (Montreal), China Museum of Digital Arts (Beijing), and the Chaos Computer Congress (Hamburg).
Arjon Dunnewind― Moderator
Arjon Dunnewind is director of the IMPAKT Centre for Media Culture in Utrecht, The Netherlands. He enjoys constructive controversy and sees art as the early warning mechanism that is essential to our current media-driven society. Arjon studied Fine Arts and Media at the Utrecht School of Arts from 1985 to 1991. In 1988 he organized the first IMPAKT Festival and in 1993 he established the IMPAKT Foundation. Arjon has curated exhibitions and screening programmes for amongst others the Museo de Bellas Artes in Buenos Aires, the NCCA in Moscow, RURU Gallery in Jakarta, transmediale in Berlin and Ars Electronica Linz. He worked as an advisor for the Dutch Film Fund, the Dutch Media Fund and the Mondrian Fund.