The Forest

website
2006 – present

The Forest is produced in collaboration with spambots. These automated bits of code, created by programmers I don’t know at all, post strings of text to an online guestbook. The site replaces certain combinations of letters with small graphics. The result is a machine producing a constant stream of quasi-pictographic digital writing. In a way, the text is a mirror, reflecting the preoccupying thoughts of everyday web surfers whose search terms provide fodder for the bots to regurgitate.