[re-search] Workers Leaving the Googleplex and ScanOps

Geert Lovink geert at xs4all.nl
Wed Oct 15 18:06:33 CEST 2014

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> From: Andrew Norman Wilson <awilson7 at saic.edu>
> Subject: [iDC] introduction
> Date: 11 October 2014 9:54:06 PM GMT+02:00
> To: idc at mailman.thing.net
> Hello list,
> My name is Norm and I live in New York. I will be presenting a work called Movement Materials and What We Can Do, which is an expansion of my projects Workers Leaving the Googleplex and ScanOps.
> Workers Leaving the Googleplex <http://andrewnormanwilson.com/WorkersGoogleplex.html> investigates the marginalized class of Google Books "ScanOps" workers at Google's international corporate headquarters in Silicon Valley. The work documents the yellow badged ScanOps workers leaving their place of work, while simultaneously chronicling the complex events surrounding my dismissal from the company. The reference to the Lumière Brother's 1895 film Workers Leaving the Factory situates the video within motion picture history, suggesting transformations and continuities in arrangements of labor, capital, media and information. In April of 2011, the video went viral.
> ScanOps <http://andrewnormanwilson.com/ScanOps.html> is based on Google Books images in which software distortions, the scanning site, and the hands of the “ScanOps” employees are visible. Through varied analog presentations, the aesthetics of the images and the apparatuses that produced them are foregrounded over the originally intended content. These re-materializations are treated as photography—taking the form of framed image-objects, compiled in a book-envelope, and presented in a performance-lecture.
> Throughout Movement Materials and What We Can Do, various histories of film, video, photography and the internet are addressed—emphasizing the materiality of both analog and digital media and the labor processes they entail.
> The 2009 event, which I experienced remotely, had a huge impact on how I thought about my experiences at Google and the related work that followed, so I am both excited and honored to participate. 
> ~Norm
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