In a time of unprecedented access to information, knowledge and wealth production, how do we account for the failure and inability of our systems to produce remedy or political alternative?
Even when we know?
We already know.
For many of the most pressing issues of our time…we already know.
How is it that our knowledge appears to produce fewer alternatives rather than more?
How do we confront a paradigm that appears more and more entrenched—even when we know that knowing does not seem to matter. In example after example, knowledge alone has shown minimal effect on the structure, maintenance and regulation (and lack thereof) of our world.
We don’t know.
Is this constraint on knowledge a neutral condition or one subjectively produced to limit regulation and the production of alternative?
What are the subjective powers of misconstruction, misalignment, maintained inaccuracies and maintained ignorances that construct our world faster than knowledge can effectively remedy or regulate?
How does the pursuit of objective “knowing” guide us to see less?
An age of no remedy.
How do we account for an “age of no remedy” where knowledge has limited bearing on effect? Where few corrections or exertions of public will are great enough to overcome the ability of post-sovereign powers to organize, circulate and coordinate beyond (and through) sovereign regulation?
How do we account for a failed rhetoric which appears to be either misaligned or disconnected from the reality it is meant to navigate? What is a rhetoric that, even if accurate, is irrelevant?
Uncertainty Labs is an artist-run think tank for non-knowledge. Conceptualized and initiated by Kenneth Pietrobono, Uncertainty Labs centers on research and proposals for understanding our world, in which there is often little objective to know.
Beginning in 2016, Pietrobono observed in hundreds of texts, articles, media segments and think-pieces that attempted to explain the failure of liberal democracies an inability of expert culture to say “we don’t know.”
Uncertainty Labs is based on the premise that the relevant power of the artist is the ability to not know without risking legitimacy. By sharing this ability to “not know,” Uncertainty Labs offers a collaborative space to interrogate the rhetoric we “know” and produce new knowledge of the subjective powers we don’t.
By realigning the abstractions we use to more accurately understand our world, Uncertainty Labs aims to produce knowledge that is as dynamic, flexible and relative as the current ability to evade it.