ADILKNO / BILWET (Foundation for the Advancement of Illegal Knowledge / Dutch: Stichting tot Bevordering van Illegale Wetenschap ) was established in Amsterdam in 1983 as a free association of five artists/authors, Geert Lovink, Arjen Mulder, BasJan van Stam, Lex Wouterloot and Patrice Riemens.
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.
In 1985 Adilkno published "The Empire of Images: Radiation Fear and Space Desire", with analyses of "Paris, Texas," "The Day After," and "The Right Stuff." In 1987 it translated into dutch a book of essays by the German critic Wolfgang Pohrt. "Cracking the Movement, Squatting beyond the Media" was published in Dutch by Ravijn Books in 1990, in German in 1991 by Edition ID-Archiv (Berlin) and in 1994 in English by Autonomedia. "The Data Dandy", a collection of essays on technoculture appeared in German (Bollmann Verlag) and Dutch (De Balie) in 1994. In collaboration with the Academy of Ambulantory Sciences, Adilkno has edited since 1989 the yearbook "Arcade."
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 known in Germany and Austria. Their latest articles for Mediamatic were about: Virtual Writing, Electronic Loneliness and Concept for a Post-human Nature.