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The Author : Julien Sipra


Hailing from the ranks of Ecole Centrale and HEC, Julien Sipra currently works at an advertising agency where he invents stories to be told through digital devices and information technology. He was a contributor to the Hearn report on the “development of entrepreneurship in the cultural sector of France”, commissioned by the Ministry of Culture and Communication and the Ministry of the Economy. He then attended Sciences Po and the political art school founded by Bruno Latour where, in response to a commission from the National Council on Information Technology, he worked on the effects of algorithmic calculation, social networks that are establishing themselves around and thanks to an algorithm, and on the forms and modalities of activism in the era of digital platforms. From there grew his interest in digital cultures, in the transformations that give rise to information and communication technologies, and their consequences on individuals and society. He recently became part of a famous bike-delivery company in an effort to pursue both anthropological enquiry and artistic performance

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Investigation by Julien Sipra
25 October 2018

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Investigation by Julien Sipra

The 2010s saw the bloom and expansion of a digital economy thanks to a universe of countless platforms like Wikipedia, Amazon, Mechanical Turk, Leboncoin, Airbnb, Uber, BlaBlaCar, etc. These diverse companies grew as mediators between clients and workers for the “gig economy”, represented by an array of avatars, of which bike-delivery names like Deliveroo, Foodora or UberEats are but a few examples. They shoot through the city; a bustling cavalry of wheels and colors whinnying along our sidewalks, galloping through the streets and resting bridled in our parking spaces. The landscape is known, however the bodies are not. What does it actually mean to be a bike courier? Who does it, when, where, how? And what does it mean to be remote controlled by your phone, living at the rate of an algorithm? What do these applications actually apply? An investigation to find out more, reporting from the field, pedals underfoot and smartphone in hand; reporting from the other side of the platform. An investigation as performance…

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