The following constitutes the first public statement on the history, formation and development of the Bureau of Inverse Technology.
The Bureau was formed in Melbourne Australia in 1991 by engineer/theorist Natalie Jeremijenko and radio journalist Kate Rich, in addition to artist Daniela Tigani; and incorporated in the Cayman Islands in 1992. It was originally constructed as an anonymous group, a guerilla technical intervention into some of the emergent techniques and technologies of the Information Age.
BIT works with Information Technology as its primary material, re-engineering technical systems to address the hidden politics of technology. The anonymity of the Bureau was in part a strategy to reflect on the anonymity of technical production - the diffused accountability and ethnographic anonymity in which information technologies and software are generally produced.
(BIT: Bureau of Meteorology Melbourne 1992)
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The following is a preliminary history of the first decade of projects of the Bureau. This document is a preliminary text for the forthcoming Bureau book, The Decade Report, the Bureau the First 10 Years; and will be further developed at this site.
For audio recordings related to this information see the FYI recordings
Produced with moral, political and financial support of the Research Fellow programme of Media Design Research, Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academy Rotterdam. http://pzwart.wdka.hro.nl