Nicolas Maigret / DISNOVATION.ORG - Disobedient innovation
Presentation | Art Meets Radical Openness 2018
Festival dedicated to Art, Hacktivism & Open Culture.
Progress, innovation, disruption and endless growth are cornerstones of our contemporary economies, social systems, even personal faiths and belief. The very pervasiveness and prevalence of these values requires that we uncover, create and circulate counter-narratives and alternative accounts. How does the act of excavating the failures, aberrations and paradoxes of techno-science become a fruitful tactic to inform a better understanding of our technological society? What could be the performative powers of a popularization of divergent models and technocritical stances? How could this contribute to complexify our views and inform our choices as a society in an era of rampant techno-solutionism facing paramount challenges like those of the Anthropocene?
Nicolas Maigret exposes the internal workings of media, through an exploration of their dysfunctions, limitations or failure thresholds which he develops into immersive, ambiguous and critical artworks. He initiated disnovation.org, a working group which develops situations of disturbance, speculation, and debate, challenging the dominant ideology of technological innovation and stimulating the dissemination of alternative narratives. He teaches at Parsons Paris and co-edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy.
DISNOVATION.ORG is a working group based in Paris. 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 and stimulating the emergence of alternative narratives. They recently edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy. Their work has been presented internationally at venues such as the Palais de Tokyo, transmediale, ISEA, FILE and the Chaos Communication Congress.