[NetBehaviour] Bicycle Built for Two Thousand, online workers choral effort.

marc garrett marc.garrett at furtherfield.org
Fri Apr 10 11:50:53 CEST 2009

Bicycle Built for Two Thousand, online workers choral effort.

With “Bicycle Built for Two Thousand” Aaron Koblin confirms himself as 
specialist of crowdsourcing based artworks. As Jeff Howe wrote, 
"crowdsourcing" is "the act of a company or institution taking a 
function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined 
(and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call” 
(Wired, June 2006). In this case Koblin and Daniel Massey crowdsourced 
the song “Daisy Bell” using Mechanical Turk, the web service offered by 
Amazon B2B. The song was split into 12 audio and 6 keyboard tracks. Each 
turker was played a single syllable or note from the synth version and 
asked to replicate it ignoring what they were going to contribute 
toward. Online workers from 71 countries were each paid 6 cents to 
record their voice.

more 'Bicycle Built for Two Thousand' at Neural.it

Some may remember when Rob Myers in 3/4/07, wrote about another artwork 
by Aaron called 'The Sheep Market'.

"The Sheep Market" by Aaron Koblin is a series of 10,000 simple images 
of sheep drawn by online workers. Stylistically the sheep range from the 
indecipherable to the extremely detailed and cute. You can view the 
sheep on a web site, buy them on stickers, or have them fill your field 
of vision as part of a gallery installation. They serve as a metaphor 
for the sharecropping masses of Web 2.0 projects. And their production 
speaks of the future of art and creative production.


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