Who controls the future? // “AMZN” – Tytus Szabelski

In the course of his current residency at Biennale Warszawa, Tytus Szabelski will present partial results of his artistic research centered around Amazon (the company) and automation of work.

At first glance it seems that the pandemic period could accelerate the trends related to the transformation of the job market. A significant increase in online shopping, reluctance toward interpersonal relations, or closing down certain branches of the economy for human employees – while others are being forced to work – could create perfect conditions for the development of automation and robotization of industry.

But did it? Are robots going to take away our jobs soon? Can automation fulfil utopianists’ hopes for a world without labour, or will it rather push us into the role of 21st century serfs, labouring within feudal digital economy? These issues will be considered in the first part of the presentation.

In the second part of the meeting, Tytus Szabelski and Katarzyna Boratyn from the Visual Narratives Laboratory of the Film School in Łódź will talk about the online version of the “AMZN” project, the structure of the website and the possibilities for further use of material it contains.

We are inviting everyone to join the meeting on Zoom.

Link to the Zoom Meeting: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9788238423
Meeting ID: 978 823 8423

We encourage you to ask questions via the chat, or in comments underneath the video stream on Facebook. The moderators will answer them in the second part of the meeting.

The meeting will be recorded.

Project realised with the support of Biennale Warszawa and as part of the scholarship programme of the Minister of Culture and National Heritage – Kultura w sieci.