Perry Hoberman
My Life In Spam
The prints comprising the series My Life In Spam (1998-2003) consist of superimposed images of every spam email message that I received over a given period of time. During this period, I amassed an archive of approximately 10,000 useless, often offensive messages. The rate of spam has been increasing at a faster rate than computer processing power (defined by Moore's Law as doubling every 18 months) - the amount of spam I received has tripled (on average) each year. At the end of 2003, I received more spam in a hour than I received in three months in 1998. These prints function as a method to visualize the increasing onslaught of unsolicited advertising, but they're also an attempt to transform an utterly debased form of communication into something attractive, even beautiful. Depending on the dates and the length of time (a day, week or month) represented in each print, the images range from faint lines of partially legible text to intricate washes of intense color.