CARBON DEFENSE LEAGUE
"The is a collective of media artists, technologists, activists
and critical theorists working to explore the intersection between radical
theory, traditional activism, and technology subversion through the creation
of tactical media projects utilizing communication system technologies.
The collective began in Pittsburgh, PA in 1997 and now has international
membership with concentrations in areas including Michigan, New York,
Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Spain, Australia, Amsterdam, and the United
As an organization, the CDL has completed several larger scale tactical
media works including: Nintendo GameBoy reverse-engineering; cellphone
disruption; and several experimental interfaces. Hactivist works with
deviants of all sub-cultures to extend the learning capabilities for all
of its' project contributors through alternative perspectives on technologies
and their applications.
CDL does not see communications technologies as simply good or bad; it
is a pragmatic group that takes each system as a tool on a case-by-case
basis. CDL determines the functionality of a tool and creates an application
that might serve those groups or individuals that are traditionally kept
outside the boundaries of technology production ro uses satire and exploitation
to create points of reflection at critical junctures. Through its writing,
the members of the CDL also attempt to reach a new audience with details
of their practice and calls for action.
The CDL works heavily within the underground music scene to provide traditional
activists with an impetus to begin discussion about technology issues,
begin their own projects of subversion, and/or work with the collective
on an existing project. While the concentration may appear to be technology
based, the CDL's goal is to create environments and tools that promote
the growth of personal autonomy by whatever means."
(2003 - current, in collaboration with )
A web site that allowed users to enter information about products they
purchased into a database that was then publicly searchable. This inormation
included, name, brand, store, UPC ID number, price, and packaging material.
It used the UPC number of the product to generate a representative bar
code in real time on the user's screen..
Modification of a disposable camera to produce small projectors (or
(2002 - current)
Reverse Engineering Proprietary US [wind-up] single frequency radio
receivers and dissemination of instructional materials.
The Carbon Defense League’s first child audience/participant device
was constructed throught the reverse engineering of the Nintendo GameBoy..
by CDL and Critical Art Ensemble
by Nathan Martin with Carl D. and Hans M. for CDL
by Nato Thompson curator Mass MOCA