Out now: Hyperemployment – Post-work, Online Labour and Automation
In November 2019, one year and two lockdowns ago, the exhibition Hyperemployment opened at MGLC, Ljubljana as part of a year-long programme focused on post-work, online labour, AI and automation, including the group exhibition, a symposium and several solo exhibitions. Along this year, I've been working intensively with Hyperemployment's producer Aksioma on a publication able to wrap up this experience, that I'm extremely proud to announce today.
Co-published by NERO and Aksioma, and beautifully designed by the amazing Superness (Federico Antonini and Alessio D'Ellena), Hyperemployment - Post-work, Online Labor and Automation is more a reader than a catalogue. Edited by Domenico Quaranta and Janez Janša, featuring words by !Mediengruppe Bitnik (Carmen Weisskopf and Domagoj Smoljo) and Felix Stalder, Silvio Lorusso, Luciana Parisi, and Domenico Quaranta and works by !Mediengruppe Bitnik, Danilo Correale, Elisa Giardina Papa, Sanela Jahić, Silvio Lorusso, Jonas Lund, Michael Mandiberg, Eva and Franco Mattes, Anna Ridler, Sebastian Schmieg, Sašo Sedlaček, and Guido Segni, this book is an attempt to investigate our fragile, troubled, scattered present, in which the borders between life and work, home and office, sleep and wake, private and public, human and machine have faded, and in which the personal is not just political but economic. A catchphrase borrowed from media theorist Ian Bogost, describing “the Exhausting Work of the Technology User”, hyperemployment allows us to grasp a situation which the current pandemic has turned endemic, to analyse the present and discuss possible futures.
If you are interested in the book, check it out and pre-order it on NERO Editions' website!