H.I.T. (2016) is a work by Max Dovey and Manetta Berends.

The title H.I.T. (2016) stands for “Human Intelligence Tasks” and refers to the human labor involved in the development of imagerecognition algorithms. To investigate the position of human labor in the production of algorithms, artists Max Dovey and Manetta Berends have adapted an automatic image-tagging application to create a participatory game show with cash prizes. In the game show, multiple teams compete to identify the human labor involved in the development of an image-recognition algorithm.

This project was developed during a V2_ residency.

Max Dovey and Manetta Berends investigate the social and political conditions in which big data, machine learning and artificial intelligent systems are produced. Through a series of publications and performances, they aim to catalogue the promises of big data and perform the social mechanisms that produce automation. Max Dovey and Manetta Berends are recent graduates of the Piet Zwart Institute’s media design and communication department and have founded a research group to critically reflect on the outcomes and implications of algorithmic production.

Max Dovey & Manetta Berends - H.I.T. from V2_ on Vimeo.

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