Today, no matter if we are unemployed, self-employed or working at a regular full-time job, as “technology users” we are always working.
In November 2019, Aksioma started a one-year program of events entitled Hyperemployment – Post-work, Online Labor and Automation curated by Domenico Quaranta and Janez Janša. Now we are ready to wrap up this experience with a publication that bears the same title featuring words by Domenico Quaranta, Luciana Parisi, Silvio Lorusso, !Mediengruppe Bitnik and Felix Stalder, and the works of all the artists who were part of the program.
Leading up to the book release, Aksioma presents two streaming events with some of the artists whose works and/or texts are included in the book. The first event Laborious Relations presented a conversation between two of them: Silvio Lorusso and Sebastian Schmieg. The upcoming second event entitled #algoregimes is an informal discussion between artistic duo !Mediengruppe Bitnik and professor of Digital Cultures and Network Theory Felix Stalder.
The discussion will touch upon topics such as the invisibility of institutional processes, the functioning of infrastructures and logistics, and freedom and control in the data economy.
Felix Stalder is a professor of Digital Cultures and Network Theory at Zürich Universty of the Arts, and a cultural producer with groups such as Nettime, World-Information Institute and Technopolitics. He is the author of Digital Condition (2018). http://felix.openflows.com
!Mediengruppe Bitnik (Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) are contemporary artists working on and with the internet. Their practice expands from the digital to affect physical spaces, often intentionally applying the loss of control to challenge established structures and mechanisms.