Demystification Committee

The Demystification Committee [newsletter]


Hello _____ ________,

Greetings from the Demystification Committee, a collaborative framework co-chaired by Oliver Smith & Francesco Tacchini. Set up in 2015, the Committee investigates the globalised, extra state, covert systems and technologies that shape society.

The Demystification Committee undertakes a mix of artistic intervention, custom-made tools, public engagement and experimentation. Following this ethos, and after a year or so of workshops, conversations, performances and experiments, its co-chairs would like to share with you two recent projects: Offshore A—Z and Network Studies.

PROJECT: OFFSHORE A—Z

Offshore A—Z is an endless public index of companies registered in a number of tax heavens. Offshore A—Z takes the form of a website: each company listed on Offshore A—Z is real – scraped from a mixture of public sites and leaks – but its entry represents a mix of public facts and fictional factoids, automatically generated in an attempt to both inform and speculate on the nature and role of offshore companies.

Feeding the database is a Twitter bot that reveals a company every ten minutes: @offshoreAZ.

PROJECT: NETWORK STUDIES

Network Studies are ever-changing audiovisual pieces. These are territorial explorations wherein physical walks, virtual fly-overs and airborne network forces collide. In Network Studies, patterns of WiFi data found while wandering in the city are represented as sound, graphs and distorted visuals.

A series of studies was recently produced, and presented in Rome, at the Deleuze Studies Conference.

For a limited time, watch the full series (IV – IX) on Vimeo. These, and further walks, will have an official release towards the end of the year.

FINALLY: LA MACHINE INFORMATIQUE
The committee makes music. La Machine Informatique Dub, the first track produced by the Network Ensemble, is available as digital download and as a vinyl. The track was included in the book Moneta, Rivoluzione e Filosofia dell’avvenire (Obsolete Capitalism Free Press, 2016) as a form of experimental ‘sonic writing’.

Listen to it on Soundcloud

THANKS FOR READING
For more, see the Committee’s website, Twitter and Instagram, or send an email to chair@demystification.co.

Love,
Demystification Committee

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