Gig Work

Platform Work Stories

The work in the gig economy is characterised by opacity and alienation, digital platforms effectively hiding from view the intensive human labour that enables our daily instant gratifications. For platform food couriers, this hidden work is concealed behind a dot moving on and across a map, deprived of identity or history. At a time when the possibilities for social bonds and empathy with workers are often denied to us, this web project gathers courier stories from three European cities to show what lies behind the moving dot. Using graphic illustrations, GIS data and audio diaries, this interactive multimedia platform aims to problematise the discourses of flexibility, independence and entrepreneurship surrounding gig work. This platform is part of the research project Doing Gig Work, which studies the management, solidarity and resistance of platform food couriers in Manchester (UK), Cluj (Romania) and Lyon (France).

Project Partners

Leverhulme Trust
Manchester Metrapolitan University

CITIES

Manchester
53°28'51.42" N -2°14'14.75" W

Cluj
46°45'59.99" N 23°34'59.99" E

Lyon
45°44'54.46" N 4°50'48.16" E

ARTISTS

Oana

Ionuț

José

Alin

RESEARCHERS

Cosmin

Nathanael