New Cold War

The metaphor of the “cold war” encourages us to imagine that the world is easily divided into opposing forces, black and white. Throughout the “old” Cold War, chess was an important part of diplomacy, competition and strategy on “both sides” of the “Iron Curtain.” The idea of a “New” Cold War risks inviting us back… Continue reading New Cold War

The Wretched of “the East”

In this digital exhibition we explore episodes of what we call “the East”. The stories you will see here are fragmented and unfinished, somehow connected with each other because they all talk about experiences of migration, racism, gender and exploitation, yet they remain chaotic and disorganised. This virtual mess may be frustrating at first sight,… Continue reading The Wretched of “the East”

Politics of Liberty

We approached these questions by starting from our own understanding of “liberty”. We discussed biographical experiences that shaped our ideas of liberty. These included experiences of crossing the border to East Germany in Berlin, the Romanian Revolution and the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Our ideas of the meaning of “liberty” are influenced… Continue reading Politics of Liberty

Shouldering the West

Your “5- EUR-per-hour-plumber”. Or the unknown mother who leaves behind her kids 2.000 kilometers away, to take care of your elder. Or your “Shawarma boy”. You know that nothing would function in the West, without the constant and cheap supply of humans from the East.  During the Berliner Gazette 2021 conference “Black Box East”, ten… Continue reading Shouldering the West

Post-Covid-19 States

Both, in the so called “First World” and “Third World”, the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic registers at many levels, from the still-growing death toll and health-related issues, to an increase of inequality and other political-economic effects. However, while all kinds of reporting try to account for those impacts, it is noteworthy that the “Second… Continue reading Post-Covid-19 States

Photo Album: Black Box East

“Post-Communist” States As Laboratories Of Neoliberal Globalization · Photo Documention of the Berliner Gazette Conference 2021. Fotos by Krystian Woznicki | | cc by nc.

Work, Care, and Invisible Organization: Mapping Power and Resistance in 2030

For our contribution to SILENT WORKS our group began with a science-fiction scenario 10 years into the future where the world had been profoundly reshaped by AI capitalism and where most workers were both providing and relying on the fruits of its (no longer quite so hidden) labor. We imagined that, as titanic AI-driven platform… Continue reading Work, Care, and Invisible Organization: Mapping Power and Resistance in 2030

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I swear I’m not a robot!

When CAPTCHA was invented in early 2000, it was, and still the idea behind its usage is, to ensure that humans use critical infrastructure and web services. But, in its basic principle, Shweta Ganjoo has briefly summarised the logic of CAPTCHAs, is similar to machine learning “all about identifying patterns”. While digitisation, machine learning technologies… Continue reading I swear I’m not a robot!

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The Human Labor Behind Artificial Intelligence, or: The Politics of AAI

The term Artificial Intelligence (AAI) has been chosen to shed light on the fact that AI only appears to work autonomously. In reality, human labor is required to create this magical appearance. To this end, millions of micro tasks are distributed to workers via platforms such as Amazon Mechanical Turk. Their flexible ‘daily work’ forces… Continue reading The Human Labor Behind Artificial Intelligence, or: The Politics of AAI

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What if Invisibilized Workers Reclaimed the Future?

The Dull, Dangerous & Dirty workshop demystified the world of silent work and delved into an exercise of the imagination. Participating researchers shared findings of current challenges facing workers in the care sector (particularly during COVID), content moderation, and micro-tasking fields.

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