Reading Session 3: WORK
Robots may take over your job, but algorithms will change the way you work forever.
Algorithms don’t only change the way we perceive time itself, they change our work habits and how we view ourselves as workers. In the third reading group of Algorithmic inequality, you will learn how work has radically shifted in a world where platforms like Uber, Airbnb, and Upwork are rapidly growing. Even in social spaces such as Facebook and Instagram, you find yourself engaged in hidden labor where you aesthetically curate yourself; You’re the commodity, the brand, and the promoter.
Join us on a journey where we engage in readings about Algorithmic Time, the Platform Economy and Glamour Labour, covering everything from Karl Marx, Silvio Larusso, José van Dijck, Elizabeth Messenger and Aria Dean.
In this session, you will not only be engaging with a diverse set of texts, but you will also be part of a critical making session where we build new imaginaries of work and help reduce the inequalities of algorithmic labor.
Main theme of the Reading Sessions:
Text is adapted from the official event page and is courtesy of the authors.
“On algorithmic (in)equality, reading towards an exhibition.
The cyber space is a non-neutral space of constant contestation. Multiple dualisms ensue; the individual and the space, the individual and the platform and the individual with their own self-image. It becomes really important, then, to critically engage with the space, decolonize it and reclaim it. The hyper presence of the algorithm in our daily lives means our awareness and engagement need to be active as much as it is theoretical. This reading group ensures just that.
During the course of this reading group, we will look at the (in)justice which this contestation brings. Since the algorithm and its ensuing injustice are both ubiquitous, we will look at the various areas of human experience which they touch. The 10 areas detailed below grant us 10 sessions of discussion, and 10 opportunities to build a creative manifesto of the ideas discussed. The results of the discussion and the creative process will then be on display.”
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Graphics: Dana Dijkgraaf