In the Atlantean period there were many energies being used and information and knowledge being used which were, for particular reasons of safety, withdrawn, shall we say, to prevent complete catastrophe, to prevent total destruction of your planet
- David Icke, conspiracy theorist
IOCOSE has been drawing on crowdsourcing to generate a multitude of conspiracy theories. The group has commissioned a series of micro tasks, each of them being almost completely meaningless. However, when put together, the tasks collectively contributed to generate a series of potential paranoias. The results have been commissioned, collected, organised and exhibited by the artist group, showing the result of a process of mechanical and unemotional involvement of the participants in the process of writing and protesting against conspiratory narratives.
This website displays the stages through which IOCOSE has commissioned the generation of conspiracy theories. In the final stage online workers were asked to write one of the crowdsourced slogans on a board, go in the streets and take a photo of themselves, having their face covered, so as to simulate a crowdsourced global conspiracy.
Garrett, M. (2012), Crowdsourcing a conspiracy, interview with IOCOSE, published by Abandon Normal Devices [English]
Tanni, V. (2012), L’Apocalisse? E’ partecipata, parola di IOCOSE, Artribune [Italian]
Lechner, M. (2012), Le Complot carbure au pastiche, Liberation [French]
Sampson, T. D. (2012), Digital Milgram and the Spreading of Conspiracy Theories, Virality [English]
Events and exhibitions:
Invisible Forces 16 June - 11 August 2012, Furtherfield Gallery, London, UK
Abandon Normal Devices 29 August - 2 September 2012, Manchester, UK
FOTOGRAFIA. Festival internazionale di Roma, 20 September - 28 October 2012, MACRO Testaccio, Roma, Italy
Augmented Place. L'arte aumenta la realtà, 23 November 2012, Galleria Cavour, Padova, Italy
Transmediale, 2 February 2013, Transmediale Festival - Haus Der Kulturen Der Welt, Berlin, Germany