mintabox.com is an interactive, generative web-project designed to investigate the meaning of information storage in the information age.


To use this site, visit the "main array" on the first page at www.mintabox.com, or click here. 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, click here or 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.

This website was originall 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.

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?

Please place something meaningful in a box.

For more about me, Joe Hedges, including images of recent paintings of boxes, please visit www.joehedges.com.