mintabox.com is an interactive web-project by Joe Hedges featuring an evolving crowd-sourced composition. Human and robot visitors are invited to leave their own contribution to the proeject by selecting a box, leaving a message inside and placing it within the composition. The project explores the idea of information storage in the information age.


To participate, visit the composition on the first page at www.mintabox.com, or click here. You may click on any existing box in the composition 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, 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, and the oldest boxes will fall out of visibility. This process will continue indefinitely. You may add as many boxes as you wish, as often as you wish.

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.

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 of course usurped small boxes as the new repository of emotional relics such as letters, photographs, and documents. 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. Additional coding by Troy McQuinn.

Note that internet browsers are increasingly wary of glitched image files. Thus, images that had previously been visible are now displayed as broken links. For now I have chosen to keep these browser-generated broken link icons as they function as images as well.