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Of the Subcontract is a collection of poems about computational capitalism each of which was written by an underpaid worker subcontracted through com s Mechanical Turk service The collection is ordered according to cost of production and repurposes metadata about the efficiency of each writer to generate informatic typographic embellishments Those one hundred poems are braced between two newly commissioned essays; the whole book is threaded with references to Jean Jacues Rousseau Wolfgang von Kempelen and the emerging iconography of cloud living Of the Subcontract reverses out of the database driven digital world of new labour pools into poetry s black box the book It reduces the poetic imagination to exploited labour and eually elevates artificial intelligence to the status of the poetic In doing so it explores the all too real changes that are reforming every kind of work each day uickly under the surface of life


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