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Seven Excerpts from The Warp

The Warp is a work by Tyler Coburn.

Seven Excerpts from The Warp

Seven excerpts from The Warp Installation view, The Whitney Independent Study Program Studio Exhibition, {TEMP}, New York Illustrations by Amazon Mechanical Turk worker A4H1NYJVE7C53

Tyler Coburn's The Warp is a compilation of quotes that trace the effects of 18th Century automata on later transformations in labor and industrial technology. A recurring figure in these quotes is The Mechanical Turk, an infamous, chess-playing automaton powered by a small man concealed in its shell. As a concession to the fact that certain repetitive tasks still exceed the computer's capabilities, Amazon has assigned this name to its crowdsourcing marketplace; The Warp contains hand-drawn illustrations by some of the marketplace workers, whom Coburn hired to respond to select quotes. The illustrations not only required more creativity than the Turk's commonplace tasks, but offer small reminders of the various types of labor at work in our virtual machinery.

Tyler Coburn
Excerpts from The Warp, 2013/14
Quotations and commissioned illustrations
Museum glass, engraved OCR-Bczyk text, inkjet prints on sketch paper, frames
11.5 x 9 x 1 inches each

Image: Illustrations by Amazon Mechanical Turk workers A4H1NYJVE7C53

The Warp is a compilation of quotes that trace the effects of 18th Century automata on later transformations in labor and industrial technology. A recurring figure in these quotes is The Mechanical Turk, an infamous, chess-playing automaton powered by a small man concealed in its shell. As a concession to the fact that certain repetitive tasks still exceed the computer's capabilities, Amazon has assigned this name to its crowdsourcing marketplace; The Warp contains hand-drawn illustrations by some of the marketplace workers, whom I hired to respond to select quotes. The illustrations not only required more creativity than the Turk's commonplace tasks, but offer small reminders of the various types of labor at work in our virtual machinery.
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Tyler Coburn is an artist and writer based in New York. Coburn's writing has appeared in frieze, e-flux journal, Dis, Mousse, Art-Agenda and Rhizome, among others. His performances, sound works and installations have been presented at the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; South London Gallery; Kunstverein Munich; CCA Glasgow; Objectif Exhibitions, Antwerp; LAXART, Los Angeles; and SculptureCenter, New York.
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