Tame your Tok
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Digital Shadows workshop: Tame Your TikTok (sold out)

This workshop is an in-depth side program of Waag's exhibition Digital Shadows, that will be on display for free at the Public Library of Amsterdam (Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam) Oosterdok from 9 december 2022 until 26 februari 2023.

Almost everything we see on TikTok is recommended by an algorithm. What we like and do is subconsciously shaped by what the filter bubbles are showing us. One could even argue that we are being “tamed” by algorithms. But what if we can tame them back?

In this hands-on workshop, participants become the trainers who will tame the recommendation algorithm behind TikTok by using custom software that runs on a laptop that we will provide.

What to expect

During the taming process, participants take on the role of a fictional persona, such as a melancholic person, and engage with TikTok in a way so that the algorithm will recommend more videos that this persona would like.

Through the training process, participants will observe how the recommendation algorithm is not transparent and how it can quickly become biased based on the data that you provide.

  • No coding or technical experience is required for this workshop
  • No TikTok account is required but is a good to have.

Register (for free) via the button! This workshop is in English. 

About the artist

Tomo Kihara works at the intersection of play, technology, and society, as an artist, designer, and developer. He creates playful interventions and toys for thought that provide a new perspective to complex socio-technical problems in an engaging manner. He holds an MSc in interaction design from TU Delft (NL) and has worked and collaborated with organizations like Waag, Mozilla Foundation on several design projects. His projects have been exhibited at places like the Ars Electronica and the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.


Digital Shadows

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Digital Shadows is co-funded and supported by the Openbare Bibliotheek Amsterdam. It is presented in the framework of Artsformation, a European research project exploring the intersection between arts, society and technology. Artsformation investigates the potential of the Arts to intervene in critical social issues, with a view to remedying a range of abusive and exploitative aspects of digital technologies, such as labour politics, privacy and education.






OBA Oosterdok, Oosterdokskade 143, Amsterdam. Prinsenzaal, zaal 6.6, 6e etage



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Artsformation has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 870726.