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This collection is dedicated to documenting the practice of bot-mimicry - i.e. the humans mimicking (ro)bots mimicking humans. An important characteristic of bot-mimicry is that the mimicry happens in a medium that is currently inhabited by automated agents, such as text or speech; the performance of bot-mimicry takes place in media where we habitually encounter (ro)bots, such as chatterbots or automated voice assistants. This means that the practice of bot-mimicry is materially consistent with contemporary proceedings of automated software. Bot-mimicry is also connected to the current global labor market, specifically services such as Amazon Mechanical Turk, where humans are employed to produce simple outputs in a way that overlaps with our current expectations to computational machinery. On the margins of bot-mimicry, we find collaborative projects where humans edit or modify output from computers in a way that is ambiguous as to which entity contributed with what in the final outcome. Even though it is distinct herefrom, bot-mimicry is closely connected to other performative practices happening in-between humans and computers, such as the portrayal of robots in sci-fi cinema. Bot-mimicry has a history that goes back at least to 1984 with the book The Policeman's Beard is Half-Constructed, which is an early case where human performance was understood as the output from a computational program. Today the practice of bot-mimicry is blossoming, since the practice emerges as a quotidian and situated way of reckoning with and rethinking the current status of automated software in our everyday lives.


Namesort descending Residency
Ian Hatcher
New York
United States
Mark C. Marino
Los Angeles , CA
United States
California US
Rob Wittig
Duluth , MN
United States
Minnesota US
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