DISNOVATION.ORG is a working group based in Paris, initiated by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska. At the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking, the collective develops situations of disturbance, speculation, and debate, challenging the dominant ideology of technological innovation (from techno-solutuionism to techno-escapism) and stimulating the emergence of alternative narratives. They recently edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy. Their research includes artworks, curation and publications.
Through the hacking of surveillance techniques, machine learning, and big-data analytics, DISNOVATION.ORG’s trilogy of internet bots is uncovering and repurposing some of the influential and opaque operating systems of our online environment. Started in 2012 with The Pirate Cinema (exposing the dynamics of peer-to-peer media sharing and its materiality), followed by Predictive Art Bot (a disruption of the normative effects of social media on creativity), and continued with Computational Propaganda (a ‘system test’ of the online political influence apparatus), this series explores black box technologies and the algorithmic governance of our aspirations, decisions, and political views. From a non anthropocentric perspective, these three artworks aim to reveal emergent algorithmic imaginaries, expose the inner workings of these systems, and stimulate critical debate.