Artists, scientists, researchers, activists and journalists present and discuss ways and strategies to explore, unveil and unmake ignorance and its political, legal and social uses in everyday life.
The second event of the “Art & Evidence” series by Disruption Network Lab 2016 investigates the political, social and ethical dimensions of ignorance, manifested as different forms of what has been termed “non-knowledge”. It sheds light on how, why and when knowledge does not come to be, disappears or is suppressed, the possible advantages and disadvantages related to the creation or maintenance of ignorance and doubt, and how the underlying strategies and dynamics can be unveiled and unmade.
Especially in the context of the current political scenario that we are witnessing, the study and closer look at strategies behind the deliberate creation and spreading of ignorance has gained more importance than ever if we want to understand the reasons for the growing success of populist campaigns. At the same time, the creation of doubts, suppression or selected publication of facts, and nourishing of controversies is building a constant background to the debates related to the discussions about climate change, carcinogenic products, conduct and publication of scientific research results and the role and influence of the media in it.
A program of keynote lectures, panel discussions and a film screening presents artists, scientists, researchers and journalists who will discuss mechanisms and reasons behind knowledge that does not come to be or is suppressed. Discussions will center around the political, strategic and social uses of creating ignorance in social and everyday life through the manipulation and suppression of facts, the creation of doubt and uncertainty, biased reporting of the media, or even forbidden knowledge that is too controversial, sensitive or taboo to be studied.