This week, Merijn van Moll and me are exhibiting a series of work about Amazon Mechanical Turk at the Dutch Design Week.
Accept & Work consists of a pen-plotter which is remote controlled by Turk-workers, a table on how MTurk work can massage for your brain, and about 20m2 of floor on which we printed a diagramatic interview with a number of workers.
The works will be be in the Melkfabriek in Eindhoven until Sunday. Free entance. More info: https://ddw.nl/en/programme/6916/accept-amp-work
Excited to walkthrough my virtual studio with the audiences. This time I will talk about diagramming practice & coded images. #screenwalk is hosted by The Photographers’ Gallery, UK and Fotomuseum Winterthur, Switzerland. Come and join us 🙂
@l03s is also presenting about the terminology around practices of making alternative computing infrastructures which think about #energy and #ecology. What have they been called historically, what have they been called in academia and more interestingly, what have they been called in grass roots technology practices?
Her paper "has the goal of making the many counter narratives to the one of green capitalism visible, show the differences and similarities between them, create bridges between different fields and contexts and demonstrate the wealth this diversity of practices, and the thinking that informs them, brings"
She used a poll on mastodon and the subsequent discussion (https://post.lurk.org/@l03s/105713332161647316) as a way to surface the terms and she discusses some of them: #permacomputing #smalltechnology #lowtech and appropriate technology.
The paper really centers the diversity of approaches and the existence of alternatives not just by mentioning but also engaging with them. @viznut, @neauoire, and @calcifer are mentioned as are #gemini #LTM and #solarpunk.
The paper is useful for those that want an overview of current discussions on the topic because it points to the many places and ways these discussions take place.
"But Sierra, how DO you trick AI training algorithms and sabotage surveillance capitalism?"
It's easy! all you need is a pen and paper
So, after one year of read-write time about computers I thought of having a Mastodon première of The User Condition, a looong text on computer agency and behavior. Here's the link, enjoy:
Of course I'm profoundly grateful for the help that I received from all of you people here (check acknowledgements at the bottom).
Needless to say, I welcome feedback, criticism, bug/misspells reports and whatever else comes to mind :)
Now Live, music and performances from Het Kapitaal in Utrecht, in light of Ars Electronica: https://arselectronica.hku.nl/p/performancenight
The Guest Worker, an installation which automatically employs Amazon Mechanical Turk workers, is also there on exhibition for the next few days.
All the efforts of critical-tech artists to demystify 'the cloud' and counter the narrative that tech is magic... unnecessary.
Turns out data centres in Taiwan require a certain brand of crisps to magically keep them running.
We might think our servers and black boxes run on some weird fucking magic shit but we got nothing on Taiwanese Kuai Kuai (乖乖) reliability engineering rituals.
Small update! We start at 20:30!
Tonight in the LURK Echo Chamber #radio, I will prepare your cognitive state of mind with relaxing #pop #indie #rock #electronica #folk feels so as to maximize the creation of new neural #italo pathways under the guidance of @cmos4040
20:30-21:15 CEST: many relaxing feels
21:15-??? CEST: Italo hits live from burning hot wax therapy
Tonight: "We hope this email finds you well - a radio drama series"
Join us here http://varia.zone/en/pages/stream.html at 19:00 CEST
→ An audio adaptation of Pauline
→ Oliveros' Deep Listening
→ Radio voice warm-up
→ Angry voices
→ Annotating exercise
→ Corporate hook'em
→ Guided meditation to get the ball rolling
→ Women of Enron
→ Home-made canned laughter
PS: At 17:00 o'clock on the same day, the Experimental Publishing department of the Piet Zwart Institute will have a presentation of their work this trimester. Join them here https://www.facebook.com/events/175995320155871
#radio #streaming #icecast2 #darkice #emails #varia #xpub
selves-organised event spamming (on datasets and interfaces)
Coming Wednesday, March 11, will mark the release of our digital publication Plotting Data: Acts of Collection & Omission. In this light, we organise an evening of discussions at #FramerFramed in #Amsterdam.
The event will host three rounds of conversations that will introduce various #datasets and ways of interfacing them.
Plotting Data was a series of workshops held by Cristina Cochior & Ruben van de Ven in 2019, which explored the biases and tensions within datasets that underlie systems for automated decision making. Discussions, presentations and performances fed into the creation of digital interfaces starting from the particularities of the datasets.
Two tables will be hosted by invited artists Julie Boschat Thorez & Sami Hammana, who will speak on their recent work with image collections in relation to the Mnemosyne Atlas and Nicolas Malevé, who will speak on his practical research into ImageNet, while the third table will give an overview of the publication.
The evening starts at 19.30, is free and in English, more information and registration on the Framer Framed website:
“None of the people I photographed had any idea their images were being used in this way,” said Greg Peverill-Conti, a Boston-based public relations executive who has more than 700 photos in IBM’s collection, known as a “training dataset.”
Is sending images into a ML pipeline a form of publishing? If so, we might have some personality rights to prevent the publishing.
Data activism at the 1900 World's Fair: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/first-time-together-and-color-book-displays-web-du-bois-visionary-infographics-180970826/ All images are available trough the Library of Congress http://www.loc.gov/pictures/search/?sp=1&co=anedub&st=grid
We are an instance for discussions around cultural freedom, experimental, new media art, net and computational culture, and things like that.