Event: Return to Sender
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
The event is open to the community and all students and faculty are welcome.
If you have questions about this event, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org