Digital Workers’ Conference is a joint project by Garage Digital first season participants Anna Engelhardt, Sara Culmann, and eeefff group (Dina Zhuk, Nikolay Spesivtsev). The conference builds on and broadens the approach of each of the artists and covers topics beyond digital art, including questions of research into digital labor.
Anna Engelhardt, Sara Culmann, and eeefff describe the conference as follows:
“How is everyday work organized for people whose labor is managed by algorithms and distributed online: bloggers, artists, 3D designers, outsourcers, and couriers? As part of launching our projects for Garage Digital we, as digital artists, want to contextualize the results of our work and approach them as part of the broader phenomenon of digital production. The aim of the conference is to analyze possible ways of organizing digital labour and give a voice to the producers of the content we see on our screens.
We will try to reveal the laws behind glitchy platforms and algorithms. Which system is behind the wrong delivery time, social media posts that don’t show up in your feed, and the identical 3D-people that pack your purchases on the screens of self-service checkouts. Do glitches reflect class divisions and how does that affect the work of the influencers’ and couriers’ unions? Can we build interplatform solidarity networks, where ‘inter’ would remind us of ‘intersectionality’?”
March 19, Friday
Bloggers Barashek, Nika Vodvud, Lölja Nordic, and Alilouist exchange opinions on working with viral content, shadow banning (hiding posts based on platform algorithms), and political censorship. Moderator: Anna Engelhardt.
March 20, Saturday
Moscow Taxi Drivers Union, antijob.net, and Anya Isidis will discuss common production interests of the outsourcing platforms of Yandex, Delivery Club, etc., as well as the strategies for improving working conditions when your boss is an algorithm. Moderators: eeefff.
March 21, Sunday
Motion capture specialist Alena Danilova (ninjaneer at Mocap Expert), software architect danilaplee and artist and Unity/XR teacher Ellina Gennadievna will talk about the nature and production of digital content in the computer-generated image (CGI) industry and web development. Moderator: Sara Culmann.
HOW TO TAKE PART
The conference will be broadcast on YouTube, with commentary by technology researcher Liliya Zemnukhova.