Online projects, AND Festival 2012: A Crowded Apocalypse / IOCOSE (2012)
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were many energies being used and information and knowledge being used which were, for particular reasons of safety, withdrawn, shall we say, to prevent complete catastrophe, to prevent total destruction of your planet.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
Conspiracy theories are, by their definition, neither ultimately refutable or acceptable. In order to hold true, they rely on the acceptance that the full evidence is not reachable. They are based on a shared belief: the idea that each one of us is an unaware piece in a mysterious master plan.
Crowdsourcing, instead, makes this more transparent. Each user contributes to the creation of something which is bigger than the sum of each singular production. The final plan remains unknown, but it is actively produced by a large crowd.
Between January and June 2012, IOCOSE drew on crowdsourcing to hijack the collective imagination, asking the “crowd” to assemble its own conspiracies and to protest against their protagonists and effects.
The results of the process are documented on acrowdedapocalypse.com, a new website which launched on 22 June 2012.
A Crowded Apocalypse was commissioned by AND Festival and Furtherfield.