Date: 2005
Project Type: Generative

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Email Erosion

Ethan Ham

Email Erosion (EE) is a computer-operated installation (also viewable via webcam) that automatically creates sculptures when it receives an email. EE has roots in conceptual art because its activity is centered around a set of instructions. It also relates to data visualization, or the aesthetic presentation of text or numerical information. In EE, a block of biodegradable styrofoam is surrounded by a steel frame. When triggered by the contents of emails, a mobile mechanism sprays water on the foam and causes it to slowly dissolve.