Image du film WORLD BRAIN de Stéphane Degoutin & Gwenola Wagon, © lrrévérence Films 2015
IN Exhibition

Digital labor

From communicating objects in the kitchen to the invisible work on the internet done during trivial activities on the web, and taking in the home as a space infested by work (sending professional e-mails from one's bed now being a common habit!), work is spilling into our private sphere from every direction.
Digital labor (which covers the daily digital activities of social media, connected objects and mobile applications) has the particularity of simplifying many a procedure thanks to the intuitive design of its specific interfaces and services. But at the same time, it involves a new organisation of work and tasks that is emerging before our eyes, without us grasping the mechanics behind it, such are the scale and complexity of the inventions: 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, often without our being aware of it, using applications and their notifications or various "reward" systems, we are encouraged to work for free in return for a service, or to complete a multitude of micro-tasks online for a paltry remuneration.

Work on demand, fragmented, with no defined workplace and no end... digital labour conceals behind its hyper-sophisticated platforms some primitive, even slavery-style working practises.

From content moderators to artificial intelligence trainers, the Digital Labor section introduce you to these invisible processes through the vision of designers and researchers whose critical fascination with the new world of digital working will reveal some or its hidden mechanisms.
Image du film WORLD BRAIN de Stéphane Degoutin & Gwenola Wagon, © lrrévérence Films 2015
8 Hours Labour banner - process. Knitting the banner at Federation House, Manchester on a Brother KH950i domestic knitting machine.
©Sam Meech
Punchcard Economy banner - stitch detail - Open Data Institute - ©Sam Meech
Punchcard Economy banner - Time and Motion - Transmediale '15, Berlin - ©Sam Meech
Curator : Cité du design - Pôle recherche (sous la direction d’Olivier Peyricot, avec Jennifer Rudkin, Tiphaine Kazi-Tani, Léo-Pol Martin) avec/with Marie Lechner
Scenography : g.u.i (Nicolas Couturier, Benoît Verjat et Cyril A. Magnier)
Site : Bâtiment H - Site Cité du design
3 Rue Javelin Pagnon 42000 Saint-Étienne