#postgrowth, #degrowth, #ecosystem, #climatechange, #toolbox
In the context of current crises (ecosystem collapse, peak oil, climate change), the public sensibilities around these topics evolved. For some years now, we have observed a dramatic increase in the level of anxiety and concern around these issues, across different age groups, disciplines, regions, and political leanings. However, the degree of argumentation and deep understanding of the causes, dynamics, and societal values that may have fostered these crises are most often extremely reduced – such as in dominant media coverage, which is essentially attentive to the consequences of these crises, rather than to their various causes and motives.
Post-Growth Toolkit is a "toolbox for eco-political orientation" grounded in the context of these current crises, and their multiple geo-political and social consequences. This toolkit places special emphasis on collective intellectual preparation. It consists of an artistic influence campaign aimed at stimulating post-growth economic and social models, a necessary decline of fossil energies and imaginaries of socio-political transitions. The first specificity of this project is the ambition to increase awareness of the multiple root causes, social and political, of these crises, rather than their mere consequences. A second specificity is to give a central agency to the stimulating frictions and antagonisms between knowledge from the fields of critical theory, art, hard science, speculative fiction and indigenous knowledge.
Post Growth Toolkit is a project initiated by DISNOVATION.ORG and developed with Julien Maudet, Clémence Seurat, Pauline Briand, Baruch Gottlieb and Catherine Lenoble.
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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 (São 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, Wired, Motherboard, Vice, Libération, Die Zeit, Arte TV, Next Nature, Hyperallergic, Le Temps, Neural.it, Digicult, Gizmodo, Seattle Weekly, Torrentfreak.com, and Filmmaker Magazine among others.