Well after about six months of tinkering I am finally finished with this project. This is one of those projects that just grew and grew and I have had to cut myself off, at least for now so that I can launch it. Please visit:
and add your own box. mintabox.com is an interactive, generative web-project designed to investigate the meaning of information storage in the information age. The site is inspired by my paintings and conversely, my paintings have begun to become inspired by the site. The project is a meld of some of my creative interests including collecting, painting, photography, and web-design as well as a merging of conceptual interests including nostalgia and the effects of digital technologies on our aesthetic and sociological experience.
To use this site, visit the “main array” on the first page at mintabox.com. You may click on any existing box in the main array to “open” the box and see inside it. Inside each box you will see words and images that were submitted by other anonymous contributors. To add your own contribution to the array, select “add a box” from the top menu on any page and follow the instructions on each subsequent screen. Your newer box will cover older boxes. This process will continue indefinitely.
I am hopeful that people will actually take the time to play with the site and possibly even take the time to submit something clever. I am considering submitting mintabox.com to some internet art databases.
I will be teaching internet art at the University of Cincinnati this fall. This project is the first of several that I have begun to deeper my understanding and engagement with the medium.