The Seed Drawings are composed of many copies of copies of copies of an original sketch, much like a drawing-version of the game ‘Telephone.’
The copies are produced by online workers through Amazon's Mechanical Turk.
Each composition begins with one simple drawing (the ‘Seed’) and each online worker copies the previous drawing. The completed drawings track the evolution of the copies over time, as well as the ruptures produced by those workers who ignore the instructions and change the drawings. The workers are culled through the online service of Amazon.com’s Mechanical Turk, a pre-existing system that offers workers pay in reward for specified tasks. For the Seed Drawings, each worker is paid 5¢ to copy the previous worker’s drawing— a paltry sum for a menial task. The Seed Drawings explore two aspects of contemporary networks: the online proliferation of copies and repeated memes, and the spread of cheap, crowdsourced micro-labor.