POST GROWTH PROTOTYPES
[A SERIES WHICH PUTS PROVOCATIVE ACADEMIC MODELS TO WORK]
“All models are wrong, but some are useful.”― George Box. Post Growth Prototypes invites us to question dominant narratives of growth and progress, and to explore speculative environmental accounting models at the limits of the quantifiable. Post Growth Prototypes is a series of critical case studies, which puts provocative academic models to work. This video essay addresses biosphere work, solar income and energy transition in the Anthropocene. Over nine chapters, we will attempt to highlight, through the necessarily distorting lens of scientific models, some of the facets of our contemporary environmental condition which are often obscured, unquantifiable, imperceptible, entangled complexities, and known unknowns.
Video essay by DISNOVATION.ORG and Baruch Gottlieb, 2021
3D models: Jules Barton | Voice Over: Baruch Gottlieb
Production: STRP (NL), iMAL (BE), Chroniques (FR)
Quotes adapted from: Geoffrey Bowker, Vaclav Smil, Thom Hartmann, Onofrio Romano.
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).