Class of 2023 • Photography

Mahesh Shantaram

Mahesh Shantaram
Ulster University, Belfast School of Art


Graduation Year
Class of 2023


Through its execution and its display, [Tech.City.Night.Work.Man] is a visualisation of the lived experience in an automated world. The project set in the nightscapes of Bangalore city questions technological progress by investigating the life of a vulnerable class of workers enslaved by advanced capitalism.In response to the intensifying criticism against the global gig economy, billed as ‘The Future of Work’, I signed up as a delivery boy with a food ordering company and kept a visual diary of my encounters. Like a photographer surrendering to a photo-editor, the delivery company’s app tells me where to go and what I can expect to find there. And then once again I surrender control to Adobe Sensei (an artificial intelligence engine) which picks apart my world of drudgery and makes sense of it allowing me to programmatically reassemble it into a new fictional world more representative of reality than dull reality itself.
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