[iDC] introductions

Stephanie Rothenberg rothenberg.stephanie at gmail.com
Mon Jun 16 10:31:53 UTC 2014

Hello Everyone,

As a fond participant of the 2009 "Internet as Playground and Factory"
conference I'm greatly looking forward to this year's event. I'm an
Associate Professor in the Department of Visual Studies at SUNY University
at Buffalo. Over the past 10 years I've been creating artworks both
individually and collaboratively that examine the cultural and economic
impact of crowdsourced labor. A few projects in particular co-created with
artist and virtual proprietor Jeff Crouse are "Invisible Threads - A
Virtual Sweatshop in Second Life" (https://vimeo.com/82201852) that
virtually manufactured wearable physical Double Happiness jeans and
"Laborers of Love (LOL)" an adult entertainment website that outsources and
maps in real time the production of your deepest, darkest fantasies to
mTurk workers (https://vimeo.com/61384135). Make one while at work at

At this year's conference I'll be talking about themes within my current
work-in-progress "Reversal of Fortune: Garden of Virtual Kinship" (
Inspired by Ken Goldberg's 1995 "Telegarden," this digital and organic
garden maps the circulation of crowdfunded microfinance as it is exchanged
from the developed to developing world and emerging markets in between.
Using an automated watering system, the lifeline of the plants is dependent
on the success of financial transactions. The initial prototype is sourcing
data from kiva.org, the most popular charity-based crowdfunding website.

This initial garden prototype sets the framework for a larger
interdisciplinary investigation into issues of poverty capital as it
relates to new models and markets of online finance and mobile money, and
the affective dimensions of online socially-motivated participation.

cheers, Stephanie

Stephanie Rothenberg
Associate Professor
Department of Visual Studies, SUNY Buffalo
rothenberg.stephanie at gmail.com
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