Past Event

The Phi Foundation for Contemporary Art presents a lecture by Sarah T. Roberts for Dissections: Eva & Franco Mattes at the Phi Centre.

Talk: 7 PM
Free Admission

Address: Phi Centre, 407 Saint-Pierre Street

Where: Space A (1st Floor)
General admission

Dissections is an event series presented as part of the Department of Education and Public Engagement’s programming. With Dissections, we aim to generate interdisciplinary dialogue and foster a renewed engagement with contemporary art.

As part of Dissections: Eva & Franco Mattes, we are pleased to welcome Dr. Sarah T. Roberts at the Phi Centre for a lecture on commercial content moderation on social networks. Dr. Roberts has been involved in Eva and Franco Mattes’s research process for Dark Content, a work currently presented at the Fondation. Dark Content examines the effects content moderation has had on a workforce that has been rendered largely invisible by social media conglomerates.

The event will begin at 7 PM. We invite you to tour the exhibition Eva and Franco Mattes: What Has Been Seen prior to the event.

This lecture will be offered in English, followed by a Q&A in French and English. Whisper translation is available upon request. No reservations required.

Image: Eva & Franco Mattes, Dark Content, 2016. Customized Ikea desks, monitors, videos, headphones, various cables. Exhibition view, BAK, Utrecht. Photo: Tom Janssen.

Sarah T. Roberts

Sarah T. Roberts is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Studies (Graduate School of Education & Information Studies) at UCLA. She holds a Ph.D. from the iSchool at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests focus on information work and workers and on the social, economic and political impact of the widespread adoption of the internet in everyday life.

Professor Roberts is internationally recognized as a leading scholar on the emerging topic of commercial content moderation of social media (or CCM, for short), a term she coined to define the field study around the large-scale, industrial and for-pay practice of social media user-generated content adjudication. Her first book, entitled Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media, was published by Yale University Press in 2019.

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