Event: Return to Sender

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Friday, Feb. 2, 2018. 10:00am to 11:30am



About this Event

**Please note that this workshop has been postponed due to illness. We will re-schedule soon. Please check back for the new date.**

UNT Libraries will be hosting a presentation of Return to Sender, a traveling “tactical media workshop combining craft and technology to create a platform for embodied crowd-worker protest.” The workshop is both an art project and an effort to enact social change around virtual labor and protest.

In this hour and a half workshop, participants will:

  • Understand connections between nineteenth-century texts and art that sought to raise awareness and impact legislation for unregulated work, and draw parallels between Return to Sender and the need for twenty-first century public awareness and regulation for crowd-sourced labor.
  • Describe what digital labor is and the unique challenges of the crowd-sourced production of goods and services.
  • Learn the present state of invisible crowd workers in the sharing economy.
  • Create artifacts that represent the disembodied crowd-worker for use in an activist event and explain how this is a present day analog to historical labor strikes, which were conducted by laborer and citizen-activist alike.
  • Analyze how their own bodies may be sites of labor or how their bodies participate in 21st century labor.
  • Participate in an ongoing art project in dialog with Mechanical Turk workers
  • Make their own “Hired Hand” to keep or send as mail art

This workshop is sponsored by a Texas Humanities grant, and presented by Dr. Sabrina Starnaman and Dr. xtine Burrough from UT-Dallas.

The event is open to the community and all students and faculty are welcome.

If you have questions about this event, please contact john.martin@unt.edu