Drawings by thousands of individuals, custom software, inkjet on paper
2011-Ongoing, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL, School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, Brown University, Providence, RI, Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Indianapolis, IN
The Seed Drawings are a set of drawings that are repeated copies, much like a drawing-version of the game ‘Telephone’, and produced by online workers. The process begins with one simple drawing (the ‘Seed’) and each worker copies the previous drawing. The completed drawings track the evolution of the copies over time, as well as the ruptures produced by those workers who ignore the instructions and change the drawings. The workers are culled through the online service of Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk, a pre-existing system that offers workers pay in reward for specified tasks. For the Seed Drawings, each worker is paid 5¢ to copy the previous worker’s drawing— a paltry sum for a menial task. The Seed Drawings explore two aspects of contemporary networks: the online proliferation of copies and repeated memes, and the spread of cheap, crowdsourced micro-labor.