SpamPaint transforms comment spam – which pollutes weblogs, annoys bloggers, and has the aim to manipulate Google‘s search rankings – into generative graphics.
Comment Spam is collected at a few selected blogs in the blogosphere. The comments and the websites they are linking to are then analyzed by a php-script. Afterwards this data is used to generate graphics with another php-script.
The graphics being generated are of a rough, pixelated, and very much web-like aesthetic.
There are two motivations behind SpamPaint: to win something from an annoying situation, and to examine the aesthetics of comment spam and the associated businesses.
EMAF (European Media Art Festival) Student Forum, Osnabrück, Germany, 2006.