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were many energies being used and information and knowledge being used which were, for particular reasons of safety, withdrawn, shall we say, to prevent complete catastrophe, to prevent total destruction of your planet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.
2013 A Crowded Apocalypse - S.T.E.P.S.
STEPS displays the stages in the generation of the crowdsourced consipracy theories, and how the final photos were commissioned.
2013 If The Kids Are United
A Crowded Apocalypse - If The Kids Are United investigates further the themes already presented ACrowdedApocalypse.com. A 'crowdsourced protest' happened live during the days of the opening of Venice Art Biennale 2013, where the protesters displayed a series of slogan's placeholders, ready to be substitute by crowdsourced contents.
Curated by: Giada Pellicari, Claire Tancons, Enkeleyd Doja - Cake Away
Video by: Matteo Sandrini
In Partnership with: Universita' IUAV di Venezia, Fondazione La Masa Bevilaqua, Laboratorio occupato Morion
2013 How To Make a Bomb
In this further expression of the project, IOCOSE has commissioned a step-by-step guide on how to assemble a bomb. This work has been developed in collaboration with the students of the New Academy of Fine Arts in Milan, Italy.
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]
Ghedini, M. (2013) On The Upgrade, Wysiwyg editions [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
Far Festa, 1 juny 2013, Giardini della Biennale, Venice, Italy