POST GROWTH TOOLKIT (THE INTERVIEWS)
[INTERVIEWS & GAME ON THE FRICTIONS BETWEEN ECONOMIC GROWTH AND ENVIRONMENTAL CRISES]
In order to better understand the foundations of today’s political and ecological crises, the artist collective set out to meet researchers, theoreticians and activists, and collected a number of stories and operational concepts in the form of video interviews. Focusing on notions such as planetary limits, the rebound effect, ecosystem services and the seventh-generation principle, these videos are published online to help cultivate a community and a set of theoretical and narrative tools that re-examine the utilitarian vision of nature conceived merely as a standing reserve for human industry, delegitimizing the logic of resource optimization, and technological solutionism. These proposals seek to encourage the prototyping and envisioning of radically different modes of living in relation with our environment.
Conception: DISNOVATION.ORG, Clémence Seurat
Contributors: Dasha Ilina, Yubo Dong, Macha Savykine, Camille Martenot
Production: Imal (BE)
Sénamé Koffi Agbodjinou, Independent researcher in architecture and anthropology
Geoffrey Bowker, Science and technology studies, University of California Irvine
Rose O’Leary, PhD candidate, University of California, Irvine
Valerie Olson, Environmental Anthropologist, University of California, Irvine
Ernesto Oroza, Cuban artist and designer
Bill Tomlinson, Professor of Informatics, University of California Irvine
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).