Self-sufficient nodes is a mixed media installation, critiquing the abstraction of human labor that powers Artificial Intelligence. Through the subversion of the requester interface of Amazon Mechanical Turk, a crowdsourcing platform, affords us a view into the lived realities of “Artificial Artificial Intelligence”, the global, on-demand, 24x7 workforce that labels, cleans, organises the data that enables machine learning.
Still from "Self-sufficient nodes"
Deliberately ignoring the protocols of use of the platform, the workers are tasked with short exercises to relax their hands, 1 minute meditation breaks and drawing exercises. The platform is transformed into a tool of interrogation into the struggles of living and working in the recesses of the contemporary labor market, creating a space for conversation between isolated workers dispersed in the cloud through a collection of screenshots, shared google docs, excel sheets, found and recorded videos.
Aggregated drawings and responses from workers
...potentially creating a provocation for the viewers, along with an invitation to become entangled in this complex web.