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<nettime> Tactics & Practice #8: AUTOMATE ALL THE THINGS!

Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, is proud to announce:


Tactics & Practice #8: 


14 January 2020 at 11 AM
The Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana
Erjavčeva cesta 23, Ljubljana

Domenico Quaranta: Portraying the Invisible Crowd

15 January 2020 at 5 PM
Moderna galerija Auditorium
Cankarjeva cesta 15, Ljubljana

Speakers: Elisa Giardina Papa, Sanela Jahić, Silvio Lorusso, Michael Mandiberg, Sašo Sedlaček, Sebastian Schmieg

In the framework of year-long programme Hyperemployment, the symposium AUTOMATE ALL THE THINGS! wants to explore a contradiction implicit in the increasing automation of work: is this process, which should apparently open up a new age of free time, no labour and universal basic income, instead turning humans into software agents, invisible slaves of the machines? Welcomed as a curse by the Luddites at the very beginning of the industrial age, throughout the 20th century, automation did not destroy human labour, but profoundly changed its organisation on a global scale. In the late-20th century, technological innovations brought automation to a brand new level, accelerating the shift toward a post-industrial economic model. Today, with many jobs previously run by humans becoming fully automated, the dream – or nightmare – of a post-work society seems closer than ever; and yet, at a closer look, automation in its current form isn’t destroying human labour. Rather, it is making it invisible.


More about Hyperemployment programme: 






Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana and La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse are pleased to present the new work by Italian artist Elisa Giardina Papa, The Cleaning of Emotional Data, which will premiere in Slovenia as a solo exhibition at Aksioma | Project Space, Ljubljana, in the framework of Hyperemployment, and in France at La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse within the group exhibition Algotaylorism (13 February–26 April 2020), curated by Aude Launay.


Elisa Giardina Papa

The Cleaning of Emotional Data


15 January-7 February 2020

Exhibition opening: WED, 15 January 2020 at 8 PM


Aksioma | Project Space

Komenskega 18, Ljubljana, Slovenia


Most of the discourse about post-work focuses on the relationship between automation and free time and is grounded in a separation between automation and labour and, thus, between machines and humans. What seems to be missing here is an acknowledgement of the human infrastructure that sustains automation – that is, the invisible, precarious, alienating, low-skilled and low-paid labour that automation requires of humans in order to function properly. In this new video installation entitled "The Cleaning of Emotional Data", Elisa Giardina Papa presents the third instalment of a series of works exploring how labour and care are reframed by digital economies and automation. The new work focuses on the human labour involved by microworkers in categorising massive quantities of visual data used to train emotion recognition algorithms. The show also includes a series of large-scale textile pieces that prods and subverts normative and historical understandings of emotions.


More about the project: 


More about the group exhibition at La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse:





Production: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, 2020

Part of the conference series Tactics & Practice /

Coproduction: Museum of Modern Art Ljubljana and the Academy of Fine Arts and Design of the University of Ljubljana
Partner: the Italian Cultural Institute, Ljubljana
Supported by: the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana.



Co-produced by: Aksioma – Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana, and La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse, 2020
The solo exhibition at Aksioma | Project Space is supported by: The Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Slovenia and the Municipality of Ljubljana
and it is part of the programme Hyperemployment, a year-long series of events focused on post-work, online labour, AI and automation, co-curated by Domenico Quaranta and Janez Janša.
The textile pieces were developed in collaboration with Michael Graham. 
The group exhibition at La Kunsthalle, Mulhouse is supported by: DICRéAM
La Kunsthalle is a City of Mulhouse cultural establishment supported by the Regional Cultural Affairs Office of Grand Est - French Ministry of Culture and Communication, Department of Haut-Rhin.
Algotaylorism will continue with Algotaylorism: Rage Against The Machine curated by Aude Launay at Espace multimédia Gantner in Bourogne (F) from April 19 to July 11 2020.    




Marcela Okretič

Aksioma | Institute for Contemporary Art, Ljubljana  

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