Per Capita

Social Turkers

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
  • Lauren McCarthy [US]

What if we could receive real-time feedback on our social interactions?


Lauren McCarthy developed a system like this for herself using Amazon Mechanical Turk to explore such a phenomenon in the form of a performance. During a month of going on dates with men McCarthy met on OkCupid, she discreetly streamed video of the date to the web. MTurk workers were paid to watch the stream, interpret what was happening, and decide what she should do or say next. These directions were communicated to her via text message, and she had to follow them immediately.

This piece is a provocation intended to question our intimacy, privacy, and emotional labor in an increasingly surveillant and automated society. However, the work is not meant to be only critical -- embedded in it is an idea of a networked humanity, a hive mind, that uses its collective wisdom to improve people’s ability to interact and form relationships. Most importantly, the piece is meant to question how we define our identities, and what might come from opening this up to the public.

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