Mintabox (2012) is an interactive, generative web-project created to investigate the meaning of information storage in the information age.

Full Description

This website was originally conceived as an "interactive painting". It was inspired by my reverence for history and nostalgia as manifested by my own collection of small wooden and metal boxes, combined with an increasing interest in the effects of digital technologies on our aesthetic and sociological experience.

To use this site, users visit the main page at They may then click on any existing box in the array to "open" the box and see inside. Inside each box are words and images that were submitted by other anonymous contributors. To add a contribution 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.

Work metadata

  • Year Created: 2012
  • Submitted to ArtBase: Friday Oct 19th, 2012
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  • Work Credits:
    • joehedges, primary creator
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Artist Statement

Through photographing boxes, painting boxes from direct observation and from photographs, taking photographs of paintings, altering the digital photographs through controlled and random computer processes, and inviting visitors to reconfigure these options ad infinitum, I hope to bring attention to the increasingly layered simulacra of experience. The internet has usurped small boxes as the new repository of emotional relics such as letters, photographs, and documents--the most important sociological phenomena of human history. How will these changes effect our perceptions of space and ownership?

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