Data Production Labour

How can we make ourselves useful and get paid for it in a job market where humans are rapidly being replaced by technology? At the Institute of Human Obsolescence, artist and activist Manuel Beltrán investigates how the data we produce is already a form of productive labour. Data Production Labour offers you the chance to visualise your contribution to the Big Data economy just by scrolling through your social media feed. A sensor records your hand movements as you scroll your Facebook timeline, while emotion-recognition software registers your visceral response to what you see. This system makes valuable correlations between what you read and how you feel about it. And, unlike the current systems, it will help you to get paid for that profitable labour. Could this be the future of work?

This project is produced as part of the Summer Sessions Network for Talent Development in a co-production of Master in Technology and Aesthetics of Electronic Arts – National University of Tres de Febrero and V2_ Lab for the Unstable Media, with support of the Creative Industries Fund NL.