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Algotaylorism: Rage Against the Machine



Espace multimédia Gantner, Bourogne (F)

With Zachary Formwalt, Sam Lavigne, Silvio Lorusso, Lauren McCarthy, Joana Moll, Julien Prévieux, Sašo Sedlaček, Cassie Thornton/The Feminist Economics Department

 sequel to Algotaylorism (Mulhouse Kunsthalle, Feb-March 2020)

With Simon Denny, Elisa Giardina-Papa, Sam Lavigne, Silvio Lorusso, Jonas Lund, Emanuele Braga & Maddalena Fragnito (MACAO), Michael Mandiberg, Eva & Franco Mattes, Lauren McCarthy, Julien Prévieux, RYBN, Sebastian Schmieg, Telekommunisten

Algotaylorism: Rage Against the Machine

‘In the past, the man has been first; in the future, the system must be first,’ wrote Frederick W.Taylor in The Principles of Scientific Management in 1911. 

From his scientific management of work to the algorithmic management of workers in platform companies such as Amazon, Uber and Deliveroo, the evolution has been mainly technological, while on the ideological level, one notices rather a continuity. 

What if our contemporary society was ultimately more hyper-industrial than post-industrial?

After having explored two facets of work in the globalized digital age at the Mulhouse Kunsthalle—on the one hand, a division of labor taken to extremes among click workers, and on the other, a persistent machinic illusion because many tasks believed to be performed by computers are in fact performed by human beings—the Algotaylorism exhibition continues to develop at the Espace multimedia Gantner.

Its second chapter, Algotaylorism: Rage Against the Machine, examines how machines have been trained to recognize and define work and workers, how they have been fed with ideas and images, how they reflect this training in their actions, but also how certain human beings try to resubjugate their artificial eyes and neurons to put them in their place as mere extensions of humans in face-offs between natural and artificial intelligence. 

Watch the exhibition teaser!



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