Oranienstraße 25
10999 Berlin

Exhibition space:
Daily 12–19h
Wed-Fr until 20h

The Influencing Machine

Bot: abbrev. robot, Czech: robota "socage, forced labor"
24 November 2018 – 20 January 2019
Exhibition, Events, Publication

At a time when women were not being educated or hired as engineers so easily, working as a computer provided an entry for women into the field of aeronautical research. Fig. Working with IBM type 704 electronic data processing machine, Langley Research Center, 1957, Photo: NASA
At a time when women were not being educated or hired as engineers so easily, working as a computer provided an entry for women into the field of aeronautical research. Fig. Working with IBM type 704 electronic data processing machine, Langley Research Center, 1957, Photo: NASA

Opening: 23 November 2018, 19h

Based on digital codes, bots carry out repetitive activities autonomously. They simplify, complement or supplant human actions and operations, thus shaping both virtual and analogue structures. "The Influencing Machine" examines the invisibility and apparent normalisation of these processes by combining artistic positions and research on the socio-political and economic realities of such “human” labour. Taking the form of a visual essay it investigates the conditions of digital interference and the resulting dependencies, asymmetries and fractures.

nGbK project group: Vladimir Čajkovac, Kristina Kramer, Bettina Lehmann, Sophie MacPherson, Tahani Nadim, Cornelia Wagner