“S.P.A.M. Office looks like a traditional modernist office setting; uniform office furniture made up of cheap, low quality – spam – materials, and a coffee machine and all its obligatory accessories being present. Nylon tie-wraps are holding the mocha-colored, cheap structural furniture panels together, being an ultimate representation of the volatility of spam.
The spam officers – hired by the exhibiting organization – check e-mails, detect spam, print and prepare for a proofread and finally archive the letters. They become performers, wearing the uniform and logo of the ‘firm’, taking turns in a monotonous disarmament process to which spam is subjected. Of course this company mainly develops nonsensical operations, poetically supported by the decorum of bureaucracy. The messages are stripped of their corrupt, commercial deployment.
Besides being performers in a fully autonomous installation, the S.P.A.M. Officers also work for the artist; the selection and bibliographical archiving of the spam messages enables Pieterjan Ginckels to reproduce the texts in print work like Warez n Warez, Lee vs Sam or New Rules.
The audience is invited to keep forwarding all their spam email (or other unwanted messages, the S.P.A.M. Officers will decide) to
firstname.lastname@example.org, and to come watch the office at work.
The performance of S.P.A.M OFFICE organized at Be-Part Center for Contemporary Art, Waregem, Belgium, (May 7th till May 15th 2011) was documented in S.P.A.M. BOOK, published by Art Paper Editions.”
Pieterjan Ginckels and Olmo Peeters