research and exhibition at MIT 2011
April 6th, 2012

Topology of Autonomy poster

April 6, 2012. Poster for a finishage of Disobedience. An ongoing video archive at MIT: a buss tour of community gardens in Boston and a talk by Sylvere Lotringer.

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December 6th, 2011

Exhibition at MIT 12.9.2011

an ongoing video archive
December 9, 2011–February 3, 2012

E14 Media Lab Complex Lobby

MIT program in Art, Culture, and Technology



Schedule of events:


Exhibition Talk:

December 9, 4–5 PM

E15-001 ACT Cube

20 Ames Street

Cambridge, MA, USA


Opening Reception:


December 9, 5-8 PM

E14 Media Lab Complex Lobby

75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA, USA


Curated by: Marco Scotini together with Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas
Assistant curator: Andris Brinkmanis

Display System by US: Urbonas Studio


Disobedience Archive brings together a series of practices and forms of individual self-representation just as they are finding the key to their strength in an alliance of art and activism: a transformation in the languages that society produces as a political subject and as a media object. What matters in Disobedience is not so much an ‘alliance’ between activist demands and artistic practices in order to achieve common goals: it is more that of a common space or a common base that is emerging. This space is not clearly defined, thus making it impossible to draw a precise line between forces and signs, between language and labor, between intellectual production and political action. It functions through a display of the archive format, in which all the materials on show share the same level of equivalence – without hierarchies and without exhibiting any preordained set of institutional rules. It is up to the public to choose and to organize their vision of the available material: turning the archive into a toolkit ready for use.


The Disobedience Archive has been organized and exhibited in many different venues across the World since 2005. In the installation at the Lobby of the Media Lab Complex at MIT the Disobedience will expand to include cases of political and artistic action that have manifested in the geographic and historical terrain of Boston. In addition to this, new student works that critically interrogate concepts of Disobedience (produced in the research seminars, Art, Architecture, and Urbanism in Dialogue and Introduction to Networked Cultures and Participatory Media), will be exhibited in conversation with the pre-existing body of works that comprise the archive.


Here, the archive itself will take the form of a garden “corridor” arranged on an axis that disrupts the traditional logic of the existing space and makes an allusion to the spatial and urban politics, from community gardens to self-reliant tent cities, that have characterized many instances of activism in the Boston area.


Material provided to the archive by:

16beaver group, Atelier d’Architecture Autogérée (AAA), Gianfranco Baruchello, Bernardette Corporation, Black Audio Film Collective, Copenhagen Free University, Critical Art Ensemble, Dodo Brothers (Andrea Ruggeri and Giancarlo Vitali Ambrogio), Etcètera, Marcelo Exposito, Harun Farocki and Andrei Ujica, Grupo de Arte Callejero (GAC), Alberto Grifi, Ashley Hunt, Kanal B, Margit Czencki/Park Fiction, Radio Alice, Oliver Ressler with Zanny Begg, Joanne Richardson, Eyal Sivan, Hito Steyerl, The Department of Space and Land Reclamation (with StreetRec., The Institute for Applied Autonomy, Las Agencias and AffectTech/BikeWriters), Mariette Schiltz and Bert Theis, Ultra Red, Nomeda & Gediminas Urbonas, James Wentzy, Dmitry Vilensky and Chto delat / What is to be done?


Additional contributions and material from:

Hans Guggenheim, Mel King, Juliet Stone, Richard Leacock, Sylvère Lotringer, MIT Museum, Paul Summit, Urbano platform, ACT UP and Food not Bombs amongst others.


For more information see:



MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology
The Media Lab Complex Lobby (E14)
75 Amherst Street
Cambridge, MA, USA




Disobedience Archive is produced in collaboration with ACT and NABA⎯Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano.


About ACT
The MIT Program in Art, Culture and Technology operates as a critical studies and production based laboratory, connecting the arts with an advanced technological community. (

About NABA
NABA (Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti Milano), founded in 1980, is an innovative Arts and Design Academy, the largest private Academy in Italy, and at the same time a dynamic artistic and cultural center. (

The Disobedience Archive research and exhibition project is produced in collaboration with the students from the ACT courses Art, Architecture and Urbanism in Dialogue and Introduction to Networked Cultures and Participatory Media:

Alex Auriema

Sofia Berinstein

Giacomo Bruno Castagnola Chaparro

Sumona Chakravarty

Joan Chen

Caleb Benjamin Harper

Ali Khalid Qureshi

Summer Stephanie Sutton

Hailong Wu


As well as with the assistance of  Anna Caterina Bleuler (NABA, Milano, Italy), and  Sung Woo Jang, Catherine McMahon, Slobodon Radoman (MIT, Cambridge, MA).


This exhibition would not have been possible without the help of many dedicated individuals and with the generous support from our sponsors.

Many thanks to:

The Office of the Dean at MIT SA+P

Council for the Arts at MIT

MIT’s Program in Art, Culture and Technology

NABA Nuova Accademia di Belle Arti, Milano

Deborah Douglas and the MIT Museum

Julian Bonder

Mel King

Juliet Stone



Funded by a Director’s Grant from the Council for the Arts at MIT. 

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