What if algorithms take our jobs? The majority of us wake up in the morning to go to work. We make money but at the same time we chat with our coworkers and contribute with our own activity which we ought to therefore consider meaningful and fulfilling. This basic social relationship is, however, disrupted by many forces, be it the ever present pressure demanding greater production, flexibility, acquirement of new expertise, mobility, personal involvement with and excitement about the company, or monotonous tasks, submission to the corporate culture and hierarchy, or feelings of dissatisfaction, personal failure and crisis.
Could automatization be a tool of liberation from the cycle of toil and fun rather than a workers’ bogeyman? Could we appropriate technologies, progress and greater production that are currently controlled by and capitalized on by big corporations? Are we even able to realize the political implications of work and how it forms our lives?
Filip Hauer problematizes the domain of labor and repetitive work in his Dreaming About Work 0.9 installation which is strongly interlinked with work automatization just as with new forms of loss of one’s own identity. Dreaming About Work focuses on the covert mechanisms influencing our moral values under the current work culture, on algorithms of repetitive work, on their relation to the programming of human resources and our social environment.