Per Capita

Networked Optimization (300 wpm)

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00
  • Sebastian Schmieg [DE]
  • Silvio Lorusso [IT]

“Networked Optimization” is a series of three crowdsourced versions of popular self-help books.


Each book contains the full text, which is however invisible, appearing as white text on a white background. The only text that remains readable is the so-called popular highlights – the passages that were underlined by many Kindle users – together with the amount of highlighters. Each time a passage is underlined, it is automatically stored in Amazon’s data centers.

Produced for Sight & Sound, “Networked Optimization (300 wpm)” displays the books’ highlights through a custom speed reading software, adding yet another layer of optimization to both books and readers. Among the books with the most popular highlights, there is a striking number of self-help books. This points to a multi-layered, algorithmic optimization: from readers and authors to Amazon itself. Harvesting its customers micro-labour, the act of reading becomes a data-mining process.

Free

28 September - 2 October 2016

@ Eastern Bloc

  • Vernissage: 28 September 2016, 18:00 - 22:00
  • Opening hours: 29 September - 2 October, 12:00 - 20:00