The Laboring Self: Return to Sender Workshop

February 28, 2018


Christine Price Gallery

Casella Theater Entertainment Soundings

In conjunction with The Laboring Self art installation in the Christine Price Gallery, Return to Sender is a tactical media workshop, combining craft and technology to create a platform for embodied crowd worker protest. Workshop organizers Burrough and Starnaman conducted 100 surveys with crowd workers on's Mechanical Turk website during a yearlong investigation of how unregulated virtual labor affects their bodies. Workers were also asked to submit a tracing of their hand. In this workshop, the workers’ sentiments are transformed by a participating public into “Hired Hands”—artifacts sent back to Amazon headquarters. We facilitate a labor protest for 21st-century crowd workers on the model of 19th-century labor activism.