Bureau of Inverse Technology
Founded in Australia in 1992 and then developed
in the U.S.A. during the 90s, the Bureau of Inverse Technology
is an information agency servicing the Information Age, developing
strategic technoproducts to address contemporary technical and
Under the shape of a collective of artists-engineers
(supported for particular projects by economists and lawyers),
the Bureau of Inverse Technology (BIT) jumped over the scenes
for its projects of visionary engineering.
Among these projects BitPlane (1997) should be
mentioned: a small scale spy-plane developed by BIT from the "generous
residues of coldwar precision", that has been sent in mission
over Silicon Valley's off limits areas occupied by computer and
aeronautical industry labs.
Another controversial project by BIT is Suicide Box,
an installation which has been firstly conceived for the Golden
Gate Bridge in San Francisco, one of the U.S. top locations as
far as the suicide rate is concerned, where it had to detect and
video record in real time any person throwing herself down into
Finally, Autopirate Bit Radio is an automatized
system of insertion of short unauthorized messages in the FM frequencies
of the internal radio station of the 'World Economic Forum' meeting
(New York, 2002).
All the projects by Bureau of Inverse Technology
question the common idea of 'neutral' information and are willing
to dismantle technology in order to use it in unexpected ways.
BIT projects mirror the rhetorics of the hi-tech industry up to
deformation, casting unexpected light over the blind spots of
our technological society.