Spam dreams under the microscope

The starting point for this piece was mi personal spam collection. In Sensitization Workshop, I became conscious of the elements that interest me about spam as I conducted deeper research on this phenomenon. At the same time, through interdisciplinary connections and an affect approach, I discovered new elements and perspectives around this type of scam.

Spam dreams under the microscope investigates spam’s global affect network. It compares spam to a virus, and the ability to fight off spam, or succumb to it, to the immune system. 


It is a map woven in the style of a dreamcatcher, with nodes that indicate the trick points (points in the map where spam senders are located), the non-tricked points (points in the map that are the desired spam recipients) and the tricked points (points in the map that fell for the scam, whether they were the desired recipients or not).


The trick points’ color is red (high spam production) and orange (medium spam production), in an alert color-code. The non-tricked points have a strong immune system: they destroyed and vanquished the virus-spam. Hence, their color is intense blue: the color that white cells take on when Wright’s stain is applied to them. Lastly, the tricked points have a mute purple color. It’s a variation of the initial blue color, that couldn’t fight spam and was attacked by the virus-spam, thus resulting in a mixture of red and blue. 


The immune system’s texture is like a sponge: its function is to absorb the dirt/danger that it encounters. The virus-spam’s texture is the opposite: it’s shiny and reflecting. Its function is to attract and reflect, like a mirror, the dreams and phantasies of its victim, thus resulting in a scam. 

Year: 2020

Piece created in Taller de Sensibilización

(university course by Carolina Alba) 


Spam dreams under the microscope, 2020, wood, thread, watercolor, sequins, pompons, 20 x 20 x 2 cm