Performance, PHP, HTML, CSS, screen, t-shirts, webcam
Exhibited at Plateforme gallery, Paris
www.send-me-a-task.com is an online service directing artists Dasha Ilina and Amanda Lewis to fulfill algorithmic tasks emulating the demanding workflow that workers subjected to gig economy standards experience every day. During the performance, the visitors are invited to send a task for the artists to perform during the entirety of the exhibition. The artists will perform the task as soon as they see the changes on the screen. The show is also recorded and streamed on youtube, so that users can send tasks from a distance. The tasks are simple and stereotypical to the activities usually performed at gallery openings, and range from Have a sip of your drink to Debate art politics or Confront each other about what happened last night.
The reason for the performance came from research on the workflow of the gig economy, specifically mechanical turk. While reading interviews with turkers that attempted to work on the mechanical turk as their primary (and often only) source of income, the artists found out that many turkers were so attached to their computers, so as to not miss a HIT (Human Intelligence Task), they would not leave their screens at all (even wake up in the middle of the night to complete the tasks). Therefore the performance is an emulation of the lifestyle of gig economy workers.
In collaboration with Amanda Lewis.
Are you watching?
Online webcams, performance, friend with posters, Premiere Pro
Exhibited at Centre Pompidou, Paris
SPAMM_POWER at ReFrag festival and online
"Are you watching?" is a video / performance piece by Dasha Ilina in collaboration with Tanya Astakhova. The work discusses the issue of privacy around publicly accessible data and technology. All of the videos were recorded in realtime in Paris while the performance took place in public squares in Moscow. Neither Dasha nor Tanya knew about the existence of these web cameras prior to this project, though the ones used in for this work are just a small percentage of the ones that exist still. This project is a sort of communication between the artist and her friend that lives in a different country, but this communication itself created in the artist and the friend the feeling of scopophobia - a fear of being watched. Although fear of surveillance is not yet recognized as a phobia, the artist predicts that, with the modern rise in technology, it is going to be recognized very soon. In addition to the elusive feeling of being watched, Tanya, the performer, also experienced real fear of being seen as a political activist by the authorities in Moscow while performing this work.
Nothing to Hide
Webcam, printed out map, marker, string, microphone, HTML, CSS
Nothing to Hide highlights the three most notable aspects of surveillance. In order to do that, three devices were created to show all of the obvious ways with which we're being tracked. These devices have been particularly exaggerated to show how obvious it has become that we are being tracked throughout the day. In the video, the first subject is having their conversations recorded. The second subject is under video surveillance and the last subject has their geolocation tracked. These specific device augmentations were chosen as obvious representations of the information that is constantly being stored on us. Using a microphone allows one to have full high quality audio recordings like the ones you can access through your google account search history, if you allow it to access your microphone. The usage of a web camera provides us with photos similar to the ones you could have from a computer's webcam, because the video surveillance is not limited to one device. Attaching a marker to a smartphone to represent geolocation surveillance gave us the least accurate information, mocking their surveillance methods. The title "Nothing to Hide" is a reference to a phrase repeated by many pro-surveillance activists. They claim that one shouldn't be against surveillance if they have nothing to hide from the government.
In collaboration with Amanda Lewis.