Artist Bjorn Magnhildoen in Norwayweb
creates a "carpet" made of numbers derived from Norwegian tax payer information. Accessing roughly 4 million databases via "web scraping"
, the "carpet" is immediately triggered upon each visit to the web site, forcing the visitor to become a participant in the collection and redistribution of "private" information. Magnhildoen comments, "While the police earlier put goal-oriented tasks to suspected individuals and groups, now the whole population will be surveilled."
Marc Garrett of Furtherfield
wrote a fascinating review
of the work last month where he discusses the piece within the context of widespread digital surveillance.