Launched in 2008, the Mechanical Olympics are a crowdsourced competition of athletic performances that reinterpret the Olympic Games as a series of amateur, hobbyist videos in competition for “likes” on YouTube.
“My initial intent for this project was to intervene on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk website where anyone can perform the role of ‘Job Requestor’,” burrough said. “When I pose there as a requestor, I disrupt a virtual platform known for exploitative labor practices, and temporarily transform it into a mechanism for participatory art making.”
The videos have been purchased and collected from workers on Mechanical Turk, an online job board, and their efforts are submitted to burrough for inclusion into the series.
Burrough will also conduct a workshop and present a series of videos during her talk. Join her from 9:00 – 11:00 p.m. in the C3 Theater at the DMA.
xtine is an associate professor in the School of Arts, Technology, and Emerging Communication at The University of Texas at Dallas.