Crowd 1, Work Marathon Press Image
Serpentine Work Marathon, Royal Geographical Society, 22 September 2018, Photograph © 2018 Plastiques Photography

On Work: Algorithmic Superstructures

How are algorithms shaping the world of work? We team up with IMPAKT Festival to explore how data and public space are interlinked + how sound is shaped by data. The Demystification Committee share sounds from the 2010 Flash Crash and we listen in on a discussion on data and public space between Judith Bihr, Charlie Clemoes and Albert Meijer, chaired by Marina Otero. Podcast produced in collaboration with Reduced Listening

The 2018 Work Marathon saw artists, sociologists, anthropologists, writers, musicians, architects, scientists and philosophers address cultural, political, physical and environmental debates on the complex and timely question of work, labour, automation and leisure.

Building on the 2017’s GUEST, GHOST, HOST: MACHINE! Marathon, which focused on artificial consciousness and machine learning, the 2018 Work Marathon explores issues including: technological developments leading to automation and its impact on the labour market; the political urgencies of coerced and invisible labour; and the role of non-human agents, including artificial intelligence, animals and materials, in the context of planetary ecologies.

Hosts: Victoria Sin & Lucia Pietroiusti
Production: Jessie Lawson & Jack Howson for Reduced Listening
Sound Design: Dane Law
Mixing: Rob Winter


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