für bildende Kunst
Series of events: On Bots, Labour and PoliticsSaturday, 19 January 2019, 16:00 – 20:00
Organized by: neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
Bots and the Political (EN)
The scandal about the worldwide influence on elections has brought the topic of 'bots' into the mainstream media. But do we only understand bots as political when they influence the outcome of elections? The voices of digital language assistants or the algorithmically schematized classification of data which is produced by the usage of digital services also have political implications: Values, rights and conditions of existence are under scrutiny. What types of accountability, actionability and recourse are necessary or even possible in a world increasingly organized by algorithms? Is it ultimately (or not?) a political task to regulate the use of new technologies through legislation?
Bots and Labour (DE)
Opposed to the efficiency and comfort that the use of bots promises for repetitive workflows there is a whole series of questions: Do machines take away our work? Does an algorithm make personnel decisions that are more reasonable? Does one communicate with a person or with a machine in a customer service? Is a (ro)bot an assistant or a competitor? The state of development of artificial intelligence is still far from making human work redundant. But who trains the self-learning systems and under what premises? What about working conditions in the huge sector of so-called “human bots” (both economically and in terms of employed people)?
Varoon Bashyakarla is a statistician/data scientist and researcher at Tactical Tech Collective. He investigates how personal information is used for political influence in the 21st century. He is particularly interested in questions of ethics that are embedded in data, in algorithmic discrimination, and in ensuring our digital technologies respect and preserve the dignity of democratic process.
Anna Bromley, artist, develops exhibitions, installations, performances, texts, radio conversations, and radio plays. Her primary interest is in breaches and interruptions in representative ways of speaking and talking.
Egemen Demirci is an artist whose practice embodies a critical approach to the notion of reality in algorithm-based environments. He works with a range of media to investigate the conceptual boundaries of abstraction, space, and exhibition making practices.
Jun. Prof. Dr. Ulrike Klinger is a junior professor for Digital Communication with a special focus on Gender Aspects at the Institute for Journalism and Communication Studies at the Free University of Berlin and the head of the research group “News, campaigns, and the rationality of public discourse ” at the Weizenbaum Institute for Networked Society.
Sascha Pohflepp lives and works in Berlin and Southern California. He is an artist and researcher whose interests extend across both historical aspects and visions of the future. His practice often involves collaboration with artists and researchers, creating work on subjects ranging from synthetic biology and artificial intelligence to geopolitics and space exploration.
Dr. phil. Dipl.-Des. Florian A. Schmidt is a Professor of Design Concept and Media Theory at the HTW Dresden. He is co-author of “Crowdwork––Back to the Future?” (2014) and author of “Der Job als Gig––Studie zur Gig Economy in Berlin” (2017) together with ArbeitGestalten. He is currently researching the role of human labor in the production of training data for autonomous driving.