HeK – Basel, Switzerland
10 / 11 / 2020 – 08 / 12 / 2020

Every month, HeK shows a net-based project created especially for digital series HeK Net Works. The series began during the lockdown period at a weekly pace, and now goes on with a monthly contribution. This month would like to introduce you to IOCOSE.

Founded in 2006 by four artists (Matteo Cremonesi, Filippo Cuttica, Davide Prati, Paolo Ruffino), IOCOSE investigate how the narratives surrounding the future of society and technology leave traces on the present. Using a variety of media, they take a special look at media culture and digital communities. They have created fictions that critically comment on existing phenomena, such as videogame-induced pathologies (Game Arthritis, 2011), the collective creation of conspiracy theories (A Crowded Apocalypse, 2012) or online services to sell personalised protests (Instant Protest, 2017). Their recent work, Moving Tasks Forward is part of a series of works focused on the idea of moving the world forward, which often play ironically on the double meaning of the concept of moving forward.

Moving Tasks Forward is available from 10.11 to 8.12.2020 here for the web-based Trello application.

Statement by IOCOSE about their work Moving Tasks Forward (2020): 

Moving Tasks Forward is a script that can solve the long list of tasks that flood our daily to do lists. Online to do lists are a common tool to organize any kind of work activity in a given time frame. Usually, a list with the name “To Do” containing tasks still to be done is placed on the left side of the screen. When the user completes a task, they move it forward, on the right side of the screen, usually under a reassuringly named column such as “Done”, “Erledigt”, “Fatto”. The Moving Tasks Forward script automates and streamlines this process.

Once launched in the browser, the script moves the tasks forward automatically at regular intervals, whether they have actually been done or not. The result is a twofold positive effect: the drastic reduction in stress generated by unfinished tasks, coupled with a priceless sense of satisfaction at having done our part, helping to move the whole world forward, one task at a time. With Moving Tasks Forward IOCOSE continue undaunted the movement of the world forward, one object at a time.