“Let’s talk business” archive spam-can


KairUs Art+Research (Andreas Zingerle & Linda Kronman)



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Artist Bio:

KairUs is a collective of two artists Linda Kronman and Andreas Zingerle. Our work focuses on human computer and computer mediated human-human interaction with a special interest in transmedia and interactive storytelling. Since 2010 we have worked with the thematic of fraud and online scams, constantly shifting our focus and therefore approaching the theme from a number of perspectives like: data security, ethics of vigilante communities, narratives of scam e-mails, scam & technologies. Subjects of our research are online scammers, vigilante anti-scam communities and their use of storytelling and technology. Our practice based research is closely intertwined with the artistic production.


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Artist Statement:

‘Let’s talk business’ is a multi-channel artistic audio installation that enables the user to listen to Internet scammers who try to lure potential victims into advance fee payments. Their phone numbers were extracted from a Scam Email database, analyzed by country, and categorized by scam scheme. Once calling up, they had the chance to tell their persuasive stories. Using SPAM-cans as listening devices the user can browse through the scam stories of once-in-a lifetime business opportunities, distant relatives beneficiaries, big lottery fortunes or helping the ones in need.