Post Growth Toolkit (The Interviews)
DISNOVATION.ORG (Nicolas Maigret, Maria Roszkowska), Baruch Gottlieb, Julien Maudet, Clémence Seurat, Pauline Briand
video installation, 2020
In order to better understand the foundations of today’s political and ecological crises, the artist collective set out to meet researchers, theoreticians and activists, and collected a number of stories and operational concepts in the form of video interviews. Focusing on notions such as planetary limits, the rebound effect, ecosystem services and the seventh-generation principle, these videos are published online to help cultivate a community and a set of theoretical and narrative tools that re-examine the utilitarian vision of nature conceived merely as a standing reserve for human industry, delegitimizing the logic of resource optimization, and technological solutionism. These proposals seek to encourage the prototyping and envisioning of radically different modes of living in relation with our environment.
DISNOVATION.ORG is a group working at the crossroads between contemporary art, research and hacking, which develops situations of disturbance, speculation, and debate, challenging the dominant ideology of technological innovation (from techno-solutionism to techno-escapism) and stimulating the emergence of alternative narratives. They edited the pirate book, an anthology on media piracy. Their research includes artworks, curation and publications. In 2018 they received a design trust grant (Hong Kong) for a research about China’s Shanzhai culture. They are currently visiting researchers at the University of California, Irvine.