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.


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.


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.

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

For more, see the Committee’s website, Twitter and Instagram, or send an email to

Demystification Committee

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