Digital Labour

A series of my artistic research address the question of digital labour using care informed artistic practice. The question of how we ‘do’ data with bodies in the context of everyday life resonates with the starting point of my research, to understand how the increasing demand for producing and accumulating data affects bodies that labour as a part of the broader digital economy.  When does the body begin and end, if data produced from the taps of the fingers travels to become profit? Where does the economy begin and end, if the engagement with digital technologies settle in your body as ‘mouse hand’, stiff neck, or lower backpain, does such hardware count as a part of the body? In the research explore how the field of embodiment can facilitate for such questions to be addressed by giving language to the way that bodies come into being through material, technical and emotional relations, which can sometimes be experienced, sensed, felt, or used. More specifically, the research seeks to understand how such relations are being defined in current forms of digital labour that takes places across human, non-human and technical sites. Projects include:

Accumulative Care” is an ongoing research project that explore how feminist and care-informed artistic methodologies present new ways to conceptualise the relationship between bodies and technology. The project examines the concepts of social and bodily risks associated with new forms of digital labour omitted in a digital discourse that forefronts shiny technical products, but nevertheless relies on exploitative chains of production that range from data producing child gamers, prosumers, influencers, and online sex workers, content moderators, data entry workers, metal miners, and hardware assembly workers. Using the format of care as the basis for the installation, the artistic practice present digital labour as a question of mental labour which frames the viewers body. Created from collection of individual testimonies from data workers that identify the body parts in which the pressure, stress, or pain of digital work is experienced, a series audio body relaxation exercises that address the collective experiences of digital work form the basis for  the installation Accumulative Care.

Life Drawing the Attention Theft” (2018-2019) is a ongoing project hosted by Deptford Community Cinema. The drawing class is a part of Deptford Drawing Collectives programme, where drawers are invited to explore how smartphone usage and the associated production of digital data choreograph the body in certain ways. The drawing class is based on a custom-made posture series which is created from images that people have donated of themselves using their smartphones in everyday life. The work explores how we see the body is changes as the habit behaviours of typing, tapping, starring, and slouching comes to the fore.

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