About the Book
Inside the bowels of the third industrial revolution—where industry 4.0 meets crowdsourcing, where digital requests meet physical labor—lies the so-called "sharing" economy. In the revelatory space of so-called sharing, our laundry is done at the tap of a button; our groceries are delivered from the corner store; we hire others to wait in ticket queues; and we have finally learned how to carpool—or rather, to use the properly commercialized term—to Uberpool.
But what is the future of work? Can we know which tools we will need for work in the future, and which tools will become obsolete? Can we postulate on the shifting landscape of work inside the current accelerationist, neoliberal paradigm of labor? The two-person artist collective Anxious to Make sees a thing called “sharing,” but is not sure of its implications on our share of wealth distribution.
In The Future of Work, Anxious to Make aggregates over one hundred results from a survey asking participants about the sharing economy, labor, bosses, and the future. Some questions are simple, such as: do you consider yourself a worker in the so-called “sharing economy?” Others are more complex, such as: do you ever feel like algorithms are your boss?” This survey was distributed at two different galleries: V2_ in Rotterdam, NL, for the show “The Gig is Up--How New Technologies Are Reshaping The Future Of Work”; and B4BEL4B in Oakland, CA, for the show “Side Gig--Anxious To Make’s solo show”. Responses to the suevey were also commissioned from cloud workers on Fiverr.com and Amazon Mechanical Turk.
While the future of work is unknowable, The Future of Work take a stance which speculates, postulates, and and begins to offer potential answers. One thing is certain: the future won’t be a single-authored entity, but a swelling aggregation of the many.
Liat Berdugo is an American-Israeli artist whose work focuses on the strange, delightful and increasingly ambiguous terrain between the digital and the analog, the online and the offline, and the scientific and the literary. Her work has been exhibited in galleries and festivals internationally, including The Simultan Festival in Romania, STIGMART/10 in Italy, Athens Video */ Art Festival, and DysTorpia Media Project in New York. She is the 2012 winner of the Anomalous Press Chapbook Competition and her book, The Everyday Maths, was published in 2013. She holds a BA in mathematics from Brown University and an M.F.A. in Digital + Media art from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her recent work explores the totemic and fetishized sides of technology and the gestures surrounding its condensation to the surfaces of touch-screens. She lives and works in Tel Aviv. More at http://digikits.ch.