Data Transmissions

Data Transmissions is a series of letterpress prints of cell-phone screenshots, collected through an open call on Facebook, that reflects on the value of data and its processing. Tim Schwartz translated a selection of the submitted screenshots into letterpress through an arduous process of hand-setting metal type, cutting linoleum blocks, and using a Vandercook mechanical press. He treated the personal data—voluntarily surrendered to the artist, although housed also in one or another corporate logs somewhere— with a process designed to similarly distribute information on a mass scale hundreds of years ago. Data is cheap today—we do not even always know that we are generating it and giving it away—but in another time, display and distribution of data was expensive.