Winter School “Silent Works. The Hidden Labor in AI-Capitalism” November 7 to 28, 2020, Haus der Statistik, Berlin

From November 7 to 28, 2020, the Winter School “Silent Works. The Hidden Labor in AI-Capitalism” organized by our project partner Berliner Gazette will take place at the Haus der Statistik in Berlin. Consisting of an exhibition, a conference and texts, the project deals with the seemingly gradual extinction of labor – across classes and contexts – under AI capitalism. “Silent Works” aims to debunk this extinction myth while also inquiring how it obscures the wide-ranging restructuring of work.

More information about the full program, the online resources and the conditions of admission to the on-site Winter School can be found here.

In preparation for the Berliner Gazette‘s Winter School and the possibilities of reinventing a “school” along the lines of the “factory,” here is an interview with Tom Holert from the organizers Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki.

In cooperation with HaFI.

November 4th, 2020, Event / Projects

Sara Ahmed on the perfomativity of disgust (from The Cultural Politics of Emotion, 2004): “To name something as disgusting is to transfer the stickiness of the word ‘disgust’ to an object, which henceforth becomes generated as the very thing that is spoken. The relationship between the stickiness of the sign and the stickiness of the object is crucial to the performativity of disgust as well as the apparent resistance of disgust reactions to ‘newness’ in terms of the generation of different kinds of objects. The object that is generated as a disgusting (bad) object through the speech act comes to stick. It becomes sticky and acquires a fetish quality, which then engenders its own effects.”

November 7th, 2020, Tom

David Graeber (1961-2020) on What Would It Take (from his The Democracy Project. A History, a Crisis, a Movement, 2013, p. 193): “We have little idea what sort of organizations, or for that matter, technologies, would emerge if free people were unfettered to use their imagination to actually solve collective problems rather than to make them worse. But the primary question is: how do we even get there? What would it take to allow our political and economic systems to become a mode of collective problem solving rather than, as they are now, a mode of collective war?”

September 7th, 2020, Tom

T.J. Demos on why cultural practitioners should never surrender, via  “For artists, writers, and curators, as art historians and teachers, the meaning-production of an artwork is never finished, never fully appropriated and coopted, in my view, and we should never surrender it; the battle over significance is ongoing. We see that battle rise up in relation to racist and colonial monuments these days in the US, the UK, and South Africa. While the destruction of such monuments results from and is enabling of radical politics, it’s still not enough until the larger institutions that support and maintain their existence as well as the continuation of the politics they represent are also torn down. This is urgent as well in the cultural sphere, including the arts institutions, universities, art markets, discursive sphere of magazines and journals, all in thrall to neoliberalism, where we must recognize that it’s ultimately inadequate to simply inject critical or radical content into these frameworks, which we know excel at incorporating those anti-extractivist expressions into further forms of cultural capital and wealth accumulation. What’s required is more of the building of nonprofit and community-based institutions, organizing radical political horizons and solidarity between social formations.”

August 21st, 2020, Tom
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