Interview with DISNOVATION.ORG

by Disnovation.org and Switch (On paper)

Summary

DISNOVATION.ORG leads a reflection and a critical practice on the exponential use of new technologies.
This is a long-term research, whose working hypotheses are mentioned below.

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Nicolas Maigret exposes the internal workings of media, through an exploration of their dysfunctions, limitations and failure thresholds which he develops into immersive, ambiguous and critical artworks. He initiated disnovation.org, a working group which aims to disrupt, pervert, and complexify the narratives on technological innovation. As part of his research fellowship at V2_ (Rotterdam) and UCL (Louvain), he is critically exploring the ideology of technosolutionism, the politics of smart cities, and the black boxes of AI.

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Maria Roszkowska is an artist, designer and initiator of the DISNOVATION.ORG working group with Nicolas Maigret. From 2010 she conducted research with EnsadLab Paris, before joining Intégral Ruedi Baur, a cultural design studio based in Paris. She designed and coordinated “Don’t Brand My Public Space!”, a 3 -year research on the issue of cities applying branding strategies. In 2015 she edited The Pirate Book, an anthology of media piracy.

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Disruptive is used to qualify innovations that cause a rupture or radical change, as opposed to marginal or “incremental” innovation.

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Technological solutionism is a near-total faith that technology can provide a solution for any and all of our problems, from the most trivial to the social and metaphysical.

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Cultic: Whose objective is worship. That which is dedicated to the celebration of worship or cult.

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Hardware: All of the material equipment.

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Software: The instructions given to a computer.

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Wetware: A term referring to biochemical systems of various natures, from bio-implants to sound bugs and brain waves.

1. Identify past moments of failure in the history of technological utopia in order to better perceive shifts as they occur. 2. Analyse the power exerted by technological innovation and its multiple levels of influence on society, habits and the collective imagination. 3. Develop strategies to appropriate, subvert and corrupt technological infrastructure as a means…

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