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Workers Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Digital Programme

Workers' Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Rethinking the workshop / Rethinking work

Sat 22 Jul, 12.00-16.00

 Workers Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Workers Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines

Workers Education in the Age of Intelligent Machines

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What kind of work is photography, and how can a photographic worker be taught, in the face of increasing automation, precarious working and a saturated market? Thinking back to the beginnings of workers’ education in the nineteenth century, a historical emphasis on self-empowerment through creativity persists in contemporary creative education, but how does one empower an algorithm, and does the camera or digital network now play the role of ‘middle management?’

In this half-day workshop, educators and artists Adam Brown and Nicolas Maleve will experiment with ideas of photographic ‘work’ in the studio, hoping to collectively produce an image of the  contemporary worker – human or non-human. A role play with nineteenth century ideas of creativity in a 21st century setting, we will experiment practically with machine learning, online piecework, and photographic studio practice, in the context of a discussion about creative work and its value. This workshop would suit educators, students and anyone concerned with the politics of digital culture or creative practice. No experience necessary.

£15/£12 members & concessions

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Adam Brown makes work about time, permanence and process using collisions of old and new media.  He is Senior Lecturer in Photography at London South Bank University. Adam runs the tiny label Buncefield Records and Tapes. Buncefield currently produces very limited editions of vinyl discs containing photographs encoded to audio, which are played back in performance. By reviving obsolete means of data storage, the Buncefield project explores issues of performance, work and commodification with regard to photographic processes. http://www.centreforthestudyof.net/people/adam-brown/

Nicolas Malevé is a visual artist, computer programmer and data activist, who lives and works between Brussels and London. Nicolas is currently working on a Phd thesis on the algorithms of vision at London South Bank University. He is a member of Constant and the Scandinavian Institute for Computational Vandalism. In the Active Archives project, with Michael Murtaugh, he is experimenting with techniques to engage with large collections of visual materials and explore different ways to navigate and question them.

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