Cristina Cochior
/researcher

/graphic designer
__email__
clcochior@gmail.com
__jabber__
ccl@ilu.servus.at
__bio__
Cristina Cochior (RO/NL) is a researcher and designer working in the Netherlands. With an interest in automation practices, disruption of the interface and peer to machine knowledge production, her practice consists of research investigations into technical and bureaucratic knowledge sharing systems.
__studies__
MA Media Design and Communication - Piet Zwart Institute
BA (Hons) Visual Communication - Birmingham Institute of Art and Design
__more_in_progress__

IN THE COMPANY OF BOTS
2016
*link to video documentation*


Bots operate at the intersection of technical infrastructure and social superstructure. Although they follow strict rules dictated by platform specificity, their status of autonomy sets them apart from regular tools. Wikipedia bots, especially, are measured in terms of utility.

Often these bots' role becomes obfuscated through the process of anthropomorphisation, despite the fact that they are defined by their purpose within the community. In situations when the bot is no longer useful, the machine on which it was once hosted is not in service anymore, or their operator no longer has the time to maintain it, the bot will be 'retired'. The humanizing effect of such language points out to a deeper question: what is the purpose of the bot after it has fulfilled its job? What can the bot tell us about the community it was once a part of?

In the Company of Bots shows an archaeological interest in the life of the algorithmic workers maintaining the largest collaborative encyclopaedia. The work is envisioned as several collections part of a(n un)natural history museum setting, where the bots are displayed according to their materiality. Their performativity is firstly embodied through the contributions made to the platform, and secondly through their pictorial representation.