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Designed to accelerate capitalism, logistics is key to maintaining the Western phantasm that ‘capitalism is an intelligent computer’ and to concealing the labor of those whose hands sustain its ‘operating system.’ In this SILENT WORKS interview Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki talk to scholar-activist Evelina Gambino about how logistical landscapes are becoming the sites of labor struggles.
To maintain the Western phantasm that ‘capitalism is an intelligent computer,’ the hidden labor of those whose hands silently uphold it is framed as heroic. This promotes sacrificing oneself for ‘the (operating) system.’ In this SILENT WORKS interview Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki talk to Sydney-based scholar-activist Angela Mitropoulos about thinking labor in a different way.
While Japan is promoting robots in the care industry – from Human Support Robots to ‘emotional robots’ – the realities of human labor in this field are being blocked out. In this SILENT WORKS interview, Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki talk to social historian Eiji Oguma about how the ‘corona crisis’ reveals some discomforting truths about the ‘robotization of care work in Japan.’
Will governments and businesses use the ‘corona crisis’ as an opportunity to transform the economic system so that it meets human needs? Or will the shutdown be used to radicalize capitalism? In this SILENT WORKS interview, Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki talk to sociologist Kerstin Guhlemann, who conducts research on the interface between hospitality, Industry 4.0 and health protection.
The COVID-19-induced security measures are, last but not least, about minimizing the risk that humans play for ‘frictionless capitalism.’ This means securitizing ‘our’ vulnerability and contagiousness. In this SILENT WORKS interview, Magdalena Taube and Krystian Woznicki talk to Berlin-based critic Tom Holert about control practices at the interface between the factory and the school.