From Mechanical Turk to Local Communities: How A Shift in Economies Transformed the Alternative Olympic Games

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  • From Mechanical Turk to Local Communities: How A Shift in Economies Transformed the Alternative Olympic Games

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  • In 2008 I crowd sourced an Olympics-style competition among members of the Amazon.com Mechanical Turk virtual workforce, the Mechanical Olympics. At an ISEA round table discussion in Belfast in 2009 I met a curator from Cornerhouse who took an interest in the project. Subsequently, it was recreated in Manchester, UK for the Abandon Normal Devices festival in 2010. A discussion of the project returns to ISEA in regards to the ways in which it changed during its transformation from one economic infrastructure, Mturk.com, to another, the Legacy Trust UK, UK National Lottery/Big Lottery Fund.

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