[iDC] introduction

Andrew Norman Wilson awilson7 at saic.edu
Sat Oct 11 19:54:06 UTC 2014

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

*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

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
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.


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