|DIGITAL RULES AND REGS
DIGITAL RULES AND REGS – produced in collaboration with videoclub – is a residency that invites artists to develop new work and working practices over a nine weeks period.
The residency takes place online, using the web as a creative platform, source and tool. Rules are devised to interrogate participating artists' practices and announced at the beginning of the development period. Artists work to the same set of rules and must create new work in response to these rules.
+ Love thy neighbour
+ Honour the original
+ Obey the market
THE OUTCOME: NET WORKERS|NET WORK|NET WORTH
In following the residency rules NET WORKERS|NET WORK|NET WORTH has been created by asking globally dispersed workers (the neighbours) -
those that are working to complete small often repetitive tasks online in return for a fee -
to submit content in the form of video portraits of themselves; video views from where they connect to their online
networks [neighbourhoods]; and, descriptions of online neighbourhoods and neighbours. Each network worker has been paid $1.50 (obeying the dominant market currency) for their submission.
As it stands, NET WORKERS|NET WORK|NET WORTH makes the network workers and their physical neighbourhoods visible. It has also brought up fertile issues regarding participatory content creation through market models that provides opportunities for accessing an 'on-demand scalable workforce' but offers no guarantees or security to its workers.
Obvious links to the current increase in outsourcing of labour, unsecured short-term contracts and piecemeal opportunities offered to workers, as well as the net worth of art practice and works, exist.
More on this to follow.
NET WORKERS|NET WORK|NET WORTH
— A potential prototype for making distinct network[er]s visible
The Residency Blog
— The residency process as it unfolds
RULES AND REGS
R&R creates innovative programmes supporting artists’ development.
R&R brings artists, audiences and organisations together, fostering understanding and creativity through making and experiencing new art, in new ways
videoclub produces development and exhibition opportunities for artists working with film, video and digital practices; providing opportunities for the public to see,
experience and engage in discourse about artists’ work