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Visiting Scholars at UCI: Nicolas Maigret & Maria Roszkowska

Image provided by Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska

Art and technology are constantly evolving. However, Nicolas Maigret and Maria Roszkowska are consistently part of the ever changing conversation. Beginning on January 2019, Maigret and Roszkowska will be visiting scholars at the University of California, Irvine on the invitation of Geoffrey C. Bowker. As part of their stay at UCI, the artists will be working on The Museum of Failures

Since 2015, Maigret and Roszkowska have been working on their project The Museum of Failures. This project is primarily online with intermittent appearances at conferences, pop-up exhibitions, performances, and publications over the last few years. Part of a digital age, The Museum of Failures is dedicated to the excavation and dissemination of the dark and underrepresented narratives about technology. As the artists say, "We aim to question dominant techno-positivist ideologies and to stimulate post-growth technological narratives." 

Both artists have extensive experience in digital art. Maria Roszkowska is an associate researcher at EnsadLab Paris and joined Intégral Ruedi Baur, a cultural graphic design studio between 2010 and 2014. In 2013, she designed and coordinated Don't Brand my public space for Lars Müller Publishers, a 3 years research on the issue of cities applying branding strategies.

Likewise, Nicolas Maigret teaches at Parsons Paris and develops a research on "Black Box" technologies with V2_ Rotterdam and UCL Louvain. Maigret is a recipient of the Award for Research in Artistic Technology (2015), the First Prize for Digital Arts from Arte Laguna (2016), and a Design Trust Grant, Hong Kong (2018). With Maria Roszkowska he co-edited The Pirate Book, an anthology on media piracy.

Together, Maria Roszkowska and Nicolas Maigret initiated DISNOVATION.ORG, a working group based in Paris. At the intersection of contemporary art, research and hacking, the collective develops situations of disruption, speculation, and debate, in order to question dominant techno-positivist ideologies, and to stimulate post-growth technological narratives. Their research includes artworks, curation and publications.

Be sure to keep an eye out for future events as part of the DISNOVATION.ORG collective's artistic research.