Editions for Personal Computer: Fragments from within the Box


This program is a piece that creates unique works on paper through the computers printer. Once the program is launched, it scans the computer for data from a series of of predefined locations (ie - internet history, internet browser cache, application logs, etc.). The piece is not about a data visualization, but about creating a unique work on paper from fragments of information unique to each user. Once these fragments have been selected, they are randomly assembled into an output file. This program generates output directly to the printer, and consequently does not display this output to the screen. In this way, the program's "creation" is only seen when it comes out of the printer. It is, in essence, a self-portrait of the users personal computer, in a single 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper. This program is similar to an edition of prints, except that the code is all that is editioned. The result of each execution is a unique work.