ADILKNO / BILWET (Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge / Stichting tot Bevordering van Illegale Wetenschap ) was founded in 1983 as a collective of five artists/authors, Geert Lovink, Arjen Mulder, BasJan van Stam, Lex Wouterloot and Patrice Riemens.
They rose from the squatters movement and illegal radio in Amsterdam, about which they published their book Bewegingsleer (1991). Their main interest is in Media and Media theory, about which they write from a critical, speculative and often humorous perspective.
Ever since their first piece in Mediamatic, back in 1988, about The Occult Traffic Sign, BILWET/ADILKNO have been contributing to virtually every issue of Mediamatic Magazine. A collection of these small manifestos - BILWET/ADILKNO calls them UTO's (Unidentified Theoretical Objects) - was published as Media Archief in Dutch and in German translation as Medien Archiv (Bollman Verlag). Due to this publication and their successful Data-Dandy tour, BILWET/ADILKNO has become extremely popular in Germany and Austria.