About Disnovation.org's residency at iMAL
In order to prepare for their upcoming exhibition Post Growth, we invited DISNOVATION.ORG for a production residency at iMAL.
The Post Growth exhibition invites us to challenge the dominant narratives about growth and progress, and explore the radical implications of a speculative economic model based on energy emitted by the Sun. The exhibition looks at perspectives for a shift away from the overexploitation of fossil fuels, ancient sunlight, the force on which the reproduction of our societies depends today.
The series of artworks presented re-envision social metabolism through an understanding of the energy it requires, reconnecting human survival with the living, material qualities of the biosphere, drawing on ecofeminism, indigenous knowledge, envi- ronmental accounting and historical materialism.
In complement to the main exhibition, a series of workshops, discussions and filmed interviews will further explore the forms that a post-fossil society could take and the challenges we need to confront to get there.
Post Growth is an invitation to a collective and practical examination of the future of life on the planet, the notion of growth in all its facets and implications, the limits of technology, of politics and of our imaginations.
DISNOVATION.ORG is an artist led action-research collective founded in 2012 in Paris. They develop interdisciplinary inquiries and practices involving artists, anthropologists, philosophers, activists, engineers, architects, designers and hobbyists. At the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking, the collective creates situations of debate, speculation and disturbance, that challenge dominant ideologies such as techno-solutionism and infinite growth, and foster post-growth imaginaries and practices. Their research includes artworks, curation and publications. In 2015, they edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy. In 2018 they received a Design Trust Grant for research on China’s copycat and grassroots innovation culture (shanzhai). In 2019, they were visiting researchers at the University of California, Irvine for research on post-growth and eco-politics.
Their work has been presented internationally including: 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)… Their work has been featured in: Forbes, Vice, Wired, Motherboard, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Next Nature, Hyperallergic, Le Temps, Neural.it, Digicult, Gizmodo, Seattle Weekly, torrentfreak.com, and Filmmaker Magazine among others.