Screen Matters - The Screen As A Place of Work
Online Symposium,17.3.2022 – 31.3.2022
Golden Pixel Online Screen
With contributions by:
Ingrid Burrington, Anna Caterina Dalmasso, Eva and Franco Mattes, Lauren Lee McCarthy, Elisa Giardina Papa, Laure Prouvost, Dorothy R. Santos, Axel Stockburger, Anna Witt
Hosted & organised by:
Olena Newkryta, Simona Obholzer / The Golden Pixel Cooperative
with support from Andrea Steves
As we tap the surface of our screen, as we scroll, search and watch; As we engage in individualised information bubbles built by algorithmic infrastructures, as we employ digital services offered by disembodied voices, or as we leave various data traces assessed and archived by tech companies for different usages – we need to ask ourselves: When does our screen time become a form of “shadow work”? How are social interactions commodified by the invisible patterns of digital networks? And who performs the new kinds of service that arise from the ground of our screens?
The online symposium Screen Matters – The Screen As A Place Of Work directs its focus on the different screens surrounding us, as well as the working environments that can be found on and behind their surfaces. Being the basic infrastructure of this symposium, the screen will not only function as a space of production, presentation, and communication, but also as the subject of theoretical and artistic investigations. Playfully examining the possibilities of a pre-recorded virtual symposium, Screen Matters experiments with different forms of audiovisual artistic research. Interweaving essayistic artist talks, interviews and video works by artists, thinkers and writers within the frame, we aim to create an international conversation in which we reflect upon the economic and socio-political entanglements of the screen. Together with our guests, we will discuss the ways in which users and workers are being bodily and cognitively exhausted by those forms of “screen work” and at the same time search for possibilities in order to oppose these often invisible ways of capitalistic extraction.