Spam Words

Peter Kappus
Jukebox

Around 2004, I began noticing pseudo-random words appearing at the foot of spam emails that I received. I realised these were actually carefully selected to deceive spam-filters into allowing these messages through. Over several years I collected a few thousand of these words and phrases.

I found this a really interesting statement on how advertising can infect and subvert normal human communication and semantics with a kind of pseudo-random, aggressive, and vaguely malignant "noise".

Designed for large-scale indoor projection, I have written custom software to continuously, randomly pair these words with 4 random musical tones to create a chord which may be harmonious or discordant. The effect is a highly charged, infinitely changing emotional space in which the viewer's mind struggles to construct meaning and significance in a completely randomised condition. Much like our entire experience of life.

Spam Words

Peter Kappus
Jukebox

Artist Statement

Peter Kappus
Jukebox

Art expands consciousness. It gives context to our lives and helps us to develop deeper relationships with each other, our environment, and ourselves. Recurring themes in my work include mathematics, data, translation, juxtaposition, pattern, and language.