The Bureau of Investigative Practices (BIP) is an art collective whose purpose is to investigate the genealogy of knowledge production through discourse. BIP focuses on the way discourse has shaped and created meaning in systems that have gained the status of "truth," which in turn dominate the way we define and organize ourselves and our social world. By understanding the relationship between language and social institutions of diverse disciplines, BIP hopes to examine the link between subjectivity and power.
Projects by BIP:
How to Prepare for the Rapture is an infomercial sponsored by The Bureau of Investigative Practices (BIP). The parody informs viewers about: various products that may be helpful in preparing for the rapture, safety suggestions during the rapture, and organizations offering post-rapture services.
Sooner, Oklahoma is a dual-screen video about the tourism industry in the fictitious town of Sooner, Oklahoma. The mock television program is sponsored by 'Travel TV' and documents the experience of two sets of tourists traveling in Sooner for three days. The project explores the tourism industry not only as a cultural commodity but also as a vehicle for transmitting history, creating myth, and revealing a collective conscience. But do we ever unmediatedly experience the spaces to which we travel, or are they constructs of an industry that seeks to homogenize and commodify place? This video is part of a collaborative installation project by the Bureau of Investigative Practices. Visit Sooner, Oklahoma