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were many energies being used and information and knowledge being used which were, for particular reasons of safety, withdrawn, shall we say, to prevent complete catastrophe, to prevent total destruction of your planet.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.

If The Kids Are United from IOCOSE on Vimeo.


A Crowded Apocalypse was commissioned by AND Festival and Furtherfield.

Critical readings:
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