FUTURS NON-CONFORMES — [NONCOMPLIANT FUTURES]
ONLINE EXHIBITION - APRIL — OCTOBER 2016
WITH NICK BOSTROM, BUREAU D'ÉTUDES & EWEN CHARDRONNET, STEPHANE DEGOUTIN & GWENOLA WAGON, DISNOVATION RESEARCH GROUP, LAUREN HURET, MANU LUKSCH, GIORGIA LUPI, PETER MOOSGAARD, ERNESTO OROZA, JULIEN PRÉVIEUX
Curator: Nicolas Maigret
EXHIBITION LAUNCH — APRIL 12, 2016, 7PM
JEU DE PAUME, PARIS
WITH EWEN CHARDRONNET, MANU LUKSCH, PETER MOOSGAARD & NICOLAS MAIGRET
NONCOMPLIANT FUTURES ventures the hypothesis that a form of 'propaganda of innovation' exists and that this propaganda has become, in turn, the focal point for a series of artistic counterstrategies which are critical, experimental and speculative in nature.
Following on from the apology of progress that has existed since the Renaissance, today's vocabulary of innovation is a rhetorical tool par excellence. It inundates dominant discourse, spreading from the field of politics into the sectors of work, education and art. This phenomenon has played a key role in establishing the techno-sciences as the default belief system, making the consumption/innovation duality the global economy's principal driving force and acting to perpetuate the myth of infinite economic growth.
However at the heart of the prevailing techno-positivist context, numerous critical, alternative, deviant and speculative artistic practices are emerging. NONCOMPLIANT FUTURES brings together a selection of artists, theorists and activists who question and challenge the discourse of innovation and utopian technological solutionism. This online exhibition is organised into three six-month cycles and it will question, in a variety of different ways, how we imagine and have imagined the future (dated, near and distant). It attempts to highlight cross-disciplinary trajectories and multiple strategies in order to expose the cult of innovation and to disrupt or even corrupt it. This is an invitation to reinstate such notions as imperfection, deceleration, inefficiency and the opacity at the core of our visions of the future.
PART #1 MYTHOLOGIES: This first cycle represents a retrospective analysis of the machine 'progress/innovation' as seen through the eyes of artists who collect, archive and criticise the myths and contradictions of a technological utopia that has developed over the decades, since the industrial revolution to our current post-media era.
DISNOVATION – RESEARCH BLOG
DISNOVATION RESEARCH GROUP
The Disnovation research blog compiles occurrences of the propaganda of innovation on a daily basis, as well as providing a platform for those discordant voices whose intention it is to deconstruct the arguments of this propaganda, to shine a light on the underlying ideologies, or envisage other possibilities. It is an archive of emerging issues and a place that brings together the various tools to evaluate and put into context changes in the field of innovation since the 1940s.
By studying how Cubans invent and manufacture objects to overcome economic restrictions, Ernesto Oroza showcases models of behaviour and reactions to technology itself, but above all to the authority and veracity that these capitalistic products supposedly embody. These practices and gestures are grouped together under the concept of « technological disobedience ».
A cargo cult is a practice amongst indigenous populations that consists in imitating western culture and technology with the hope of arriving at the same effects. Since 2013, Supercargo has been the means by which Peter Moosgaard has collected ritual appropriations and subversive imitations of technology and products of mass consumption.
According to Nick Bostrom, the invention of the atomic bomb marked the creation of a new category of risk, one that is global in scope and fatal in its outcome, but unlike the danger of a possible meteorite impact, these new risks have a much higher probability. We must therefore take a proactive approach to foresee and prevent those risks that are subjectively estimated to be probable.
THE FUTURE, AS FORETOLD IN THE PAST
Giorgia Lupi tries to visualise the long history of the future as it was predicted or feared in works set in the future. Here she depicts the future as a timeline presenting the scenarios that have come true, those which are no longer possible and those for which we still have to wait and see.
BUREAU D'ÉTUDES, EWEN CHARDRONNET
The 5th issue of The Laboratory Planet will aim to shed a different light on the current catastrophe. It will notably envisage the devastation of the Earth as being part of the preparation to abandon it in the future, as a symptom of alien capitalism. The term 'alien' here refers to someone who leaves behind his/her terrestrial origins to become 'other', to adopt other corporal forms and experience other futures.
SMART CITY ABC
The vision of the « Smart City » was introduced by some of the largest tech corporations to address population growth, political instability and resource scarcity. SMART CITY ABC aims to decode a topic that has produced a specialist vocabulary, in order to promote accessibility to the debate.
WHAT SHALL WE DO NEXT?
Julien Prévieux projects us into our corporal future with an inventory of gestures designed for future interfaces. His animated short film defines itself as an « archive of gestures to come. » It is based on patent applications for new man-machine interfaces that were filed at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) between 2006 and 2011.
STÉPHANE DEGOUTIN & GWENOLA WAGON
World Brain describes the planetary network that surrounds us and provides theoretical tools to understand it. The interactive website is an online resource centre for finding one's way around the world brain: it is a documentary, a work of fiction and a how-to handbook.
ARTIFICIAL FEAR, INTELLIGENCE OF DEATH
Lauren Huret travelled to San Francisco to carry out a field study in the form of conversations with philosophers, publishers, engineers, programmers and historians. The resulting artist's book bears witness to the diversity of viewpoints she encountered and the complexity of trying to define the contours of what is at stake in terms of AI.
Produced by Jeu de Paume Paris — http://jeudepaume.org
This project follows 'Disnovation', a project made in collaboration with Bertrand Grimault.
With the support of access-s festival and DICREAM.